Frost and Sullivan – wireless devices

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 31 July 2009



(2009), "Frost and Sullivan – wireless devices", Assembly Automation, Vol. 29 No. 3.



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Frost and Sullivan – wireless devices

Article Type: News From: Assembly Automation, Volume 29, Issue 3

The need for real-time data, workforce mobility, easy installation and commissioning are the key drivers for wireless adoption across discrete industries such as automobile, food and beverages and plastics. Despite the sizeable potential, concerns related to reliability, security, and interoperability are hindering uptake levels. Wireless vendors should take effective steps to spread awareness about wireless technology to end-users, thus promoting market expansion.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, wireless devices market in factory automation, finds that markets in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, earned revenues of over $75.2 million in 2008 and estimates this to reach $132.8 million in 2012. End-user segments covered in the research include: automobile, food and beverages, plastics, semiconductor and fabricated metal.

“The need to continually track the production process is important in discrete industries as wireless devices constantly monitor the process flow by providing real-time data in less time with minimal effort”, says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Khadambari Shanbagaraman. “Wireless devices function on a ‘plug and play’ basis, inherently assuring flexibility and convenience compared to traditional wired networks”.

Concerns about reliability, security and interoperability are restraining wireless adoption across various end-user industries. Despite the many benefits of wireless devices, end-users are not convinced about the robustness of wireless transmission and are unwilling to take a risk investing in it.

Technical issues such as signal mismatch, data loss, electromagnetic induction and disturbances from existing networks are concerns for wireless reliability. Besides, the conservative mindset of the food and beverages and plastics industries is also hindering the uptake of wireless devices.

“Vendors should undertake effective initiatives to spread awareness about wireless technology and educate end-users on the range of wireless applications and their benefits”, concludes Khadambari. “Technical problems need to be solved so that end-users will realise their investments in wireless devices due to the long-term gains they offer”.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides a brief synopsis of the research and a table of contents, then send an e-mail to Joanna Lewandowska, Corporate Communications, at:, with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company web site, city and state and country. Upon receipt of the above information, a brochure will be sent to you by e-mail.

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