The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced Wi-Fi HaLow, a new standard for products incorporating IEE 802.11 technology aimed at reaching the full potential of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The new Wi-Fi HaLow designation, announced at the CES show earlier this week, will apply for low-power Wi-Fi solutions operating below the one gigahertz range, offering longer power connectivity and longer range. It will enable various power-efficiency use cases in connected cars, smart homes, digital healthcare, smart cities, as well as agriculture, retail and industrial environments.
The new classification extends Wi-Fi to the 900 MHz band for low power connectivity, which could be practical for wearable devices and other related sensors. HaLow has a range that is nearly two times larger than current Wi-Fi and can transmit signals further and through a more robust condition. It is specifically designed to meet challenging environments where the network signal should be able to penetrate barriers such as walls with ease.
Wi-Fi HaLow broadly adopts current Wi-Fi protocols and enables several benefits that consumers generally expect from modern Wi-Fi connectivity, such as an easy setup process, strong government-level security and multi-vendor interoperability.
Several devices supporting Wi-Fi HaLow are also expected to operate in the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bandwidths, expanding their connectivity to the Wi-Fi ecosystem of over 6.8 billion devices. Like Wi-Fi, HaLow will also support IP connectivity for native cloud connectivity, which is becoming more important as IoT grows by leaps and bounds.
Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, said: "Wi-Fi HaLow is well suited to meet the unique needs of the smart home, smart city, and industrial markets because of its ability to operate using very low power, penetrate through walls, and operate at significantly longer ranges than Wi-Fi today."
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