Low-power Wi-Fi Technology To Give Bluetooth A Run For Its Money

By 05:02 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 Comments

A very common theme for CES this year seems to be “The Internet of Things” or IoT. With the introduction of smart modules that can be implanted into everyday objects around the home and workplace, the possibilities are endless.

But that is beside the point. The Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Alliance has announced a recent energy efficient type of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connection that comparable to Bluetooth. It is to be superior in range and travel through walls much better than current Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technologies thanks to using the 900Mega Hertz (MHz) band (existing Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technologies utilize 2.4Giga Hertz (GHz) and 5GHz). These conditions are ideal for the IoT that everyone is talking about.

Don’t expect to see any devices with this recent Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) until 2018, though. This is when the Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Alliance plans to start certifying devices for HaLow (pronounced like “halo”).

HaLow is designed to be embedded in devices that transmit small amounts of data like fitness trackers, appliances, and a plethora of “things” that create up the IoT.

Over the next few years (assuming this becomes reality) either of two things can happen: Manufacturers don’t care for HaLow and continue to utilize an already existing technology called Bluetooth LE (LE stands for ‘low energy’), or HaLow will be integrated into existing Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) technologies, to only require a single Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) chip. This would knock the requirement of designing gadgets with two different wireless chips, one for Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and another for Bluetooth.

Can we estimate that the recent Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) standard will coincide with an increasing adoption of connected ‘things’? This may be a possible outcome. But it is too early to tell.

The IoT is an fascinating concept that is still in the beginning stages of becoming a common consumer industry. We will have to wait and see if people really want to interface ‘things’ with other ‘things’.

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