At the beginning of every new year, the buzz ramps up about everything gizmo, gadget, and mobile at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). CES brings the best of what’s new in the world of consumer tech and Wi-Fi has clearly taken center stage in many of the products and services on display. Among the many exhibitors at this year’s CES was the Wifi Alliance. The Wifi Alliance is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by a group of visionary leaders with the goal of driving the adoption of high-speed wireless local area networking.
Much of the seamless access and high-capacity throughput we enjoy in airport Wi-Fi solutions, convention Wi-Fi solutions, stadium Wi-Fi solutions and other Wifi solutions for densely populated environments is a direct result of efforts by the Wi-Fi Alliance. In a recent article by PC Magazine, Samara Lynn caught up with Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, at CES to discuss the organization’s predictions for 2012. Here’s what Samara had to report:
“With shipment of Wifi devices reaching nearly 1.1 billion in 2011, the organization responsible for promoting and standardizing wireless technology, the Wifi Alliance, is busier than ever. Member companies of the Wifi Alliance are developing new additions to Wifi capabilities that include a new certification for Wifi display applications, making it easier to share media content between devices without the need for a traditional Wi-Fi network. In addition, Wifi Alliance interoperability programs for 60 GHz (802.11ad ) and Very High Throughput (802.11ac) are in development. Finally, the Wifi Alliance will launch Wifi Certified Passpoint in 2012. Devices with this certification will allow users to easily connect to hot spots and improve the overall user experience.”
Recent research data shows that shipment of Wi-Fi devices is expected to double by 2015. Growth in home wireless networking devices—including TVs, media players, and gaming consoles is anticipated to reach 35 percent by 2016.
Other predictions for Wifi from 2011 to 2016:
- Wifi is expected to grow 109 percent by 2016 in automotive applications such as infotainment systems, navigation and traffic monitoring.
- Wifi is expected to grow 39 percent by 2016 in health, fitness, and medical applications.
- Wifi is expected to grow 25 percent by 2016 in smart meters and automation products.
“Each year in our industry is more exciting than the last,” said Figueroa, CEO of the Wifi Alliance. “We continue to enable new use cases for Wifi where it enhances the user experience. The future has never been brighter for Wifi.”
Therefore, whether you’re deploying small restaurant Wifi solutions or large airport Wifi solutions, the Wifi Alliance will continue to be there to insure your infrastructure components will continue to seamlessly integrate and deliver the best user experience across the many disparate, Wifi enabled devices available. Check them out: