Short Range Wireless Design Activity Looks Strong

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  • Author: Gary Breed
I have long been a proponent of these systems, since they represent some of the most convenient and cost-saving applications for wireless communications, control and monitoring. Now that were are experiencing troubled financial times, business will necessarily become concentrated in areas where it fills a real need. Replacing cables with wireless links in many localized systems certainly fits that description. In addition to simple economics, we have ongoing concerns for energy conservation and environmental responsibility. Many of the short range applications are exactly in this realm—tire pressure monitors, advanced reconfigurable HVAC and lighting controls, wireless utility meter reading, in-home energy management, etc. In cases such as building controls or factory automation, simply eliminating the cost and quantity of wiring materials may be enough justification. Then, reduced installation costs can be applied to creating a more thorough and flexible system.