WiFi Halow

Wifi HaLow will offer data ranges of over one kilometer. Austin, TX – November 2, 2021 – To enhance Wi-Fi® applications for the Internet of Things, the Wi-Fi Alliance® has launched Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLowTM, a certification scheme for products integrating IEEE 802.11ah technology (IoT). Wi-Fi HaLow operates in the sub-1 GHz band, allowing for long-range and low-power connectivity while maintaining a stable connection in Wi-Fi-challenged areas. Wi-Fi HaLow will open up a slew of new, low-power use cases for IoT and Industrial IoT (IIoT) contexts, as well as retail, agriculture, healthcare, smart home, and smart city markets.

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Wi-Fi HaLow provides the low-power connectivity required by applications such as sensors, personal wearable devices, and utility meters with long-term battery life. Even in tough locations where the ability to penetrate walls or other barriers to deliver a stable connection is a crucial concern, Wi-Fi HaLow supports applications such as streaming compressed video from security cameras.

Wifi HaLow will offer data ranges of over one kilometer in agriculture and logistics monitoring applications where long-range is a priority. Wi-Fi HaLow uses existing Wi-Fi protocols to provide many of the features that Wi-Fi users have come to anticipate, such as multi-vendor interoperability, strong WPA3 security, simple setup, and seamless integration into IP networks.

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Wi-Fi Hallow Features and Benefits. Image from Wi-Fi Alliance®

Wi-Fi HaLow is a component of the Wi-Fi portfolio that allows for a more comprehensive approach to wireless networking. Many of the benefits that customers have come to expect from Wi-Fi today, such as multi-vendor interoperability, easy deployment without interrupting existing Wi-Fi networks, and the most up-to-date Wi-Fi security, are all possible with Wi-Fi HaLow. Wi-Fi HaLow joins many other Wi-Fi technologies to provide low-power, high-performance, and secure Wi-Fi in a growing portfolio for a variety of IoT applications.

“Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow further extends Wi-Fi’s leading role in IoT to address a new range of secure and interoperable use cases that require longer range and lower power. Wi-Fi HaLow is a compelling addition to the Wi-Fi portfolio, making the full range of Wi-Fi capabilities an unmatched connectivity offering,” said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. “There are growing opportunities to streamline connectivity in the growing IoT market, and Wi-Fi HaLow builds on a universally trusted Wi-Fi foundation to pave the way for emerging IoT applications to benefit homes, businesses, and industries.” 

Wifi HaLow will offer data ranges of over one kilometer.

Expanding IoT portfolio

By 2025, the number of IoT-linked devices in use worldwide is expected to approach 30 billion, up from 13.8 billion in 2021. 1 The smart home IoT market is quickly expanding, and more than 29% of organizations employ IoT technology to improve processes and boost productivity. 2 The Wi-Fi Alliance has a diverse set of technologies that provide low-power, high-performance, and secure Wi-Fi for a number of IoT applications.

For commercial, industrial, and residential IoT applications needing rapid data rates and low latency, such as AR/VR, home security systems with high-resolution video feeds, medical telemetry monitoring, and remote surgery, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6TM is a strong complement to Wi-Fi HaLow.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Easy ConnectTM simplifies the process of connecting devices to Wi-Fi networks, including many IoT devices that have little to no user interface, while ensuring the greatest levels of security. WPA3TM is supported by all Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices, delivering cutting-edge security algorithms to protect sensitive data and give robust user protections.

Wifi HaLow Frequency Band
Wifi HaLow Frequency Band. Image from Wi-Fi Alliance®

“Wi-Fi HaLow devices such as security cameras and tablets are being used in industrial environments today, and we expect devices to soon make their way to smart home environments allowing consumers to take advantage of its longer range and lower power for applications such as battery powered cameras, video baby monitors, and other smart home products,” said Phil Solis, research director at IDC. “Companies have been working on Wi-Fi HaLow chipsets for years and we expect shipments to break 10 million in 2022, with adoption expanding from industrial to include smart home, smart city, and retail markets.”

Industry support for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow:

“Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow is the best choice for sensor communication and video feeds in RF challenged environments, such as manufacturing floors, construction sites, and commercial buildings. Operating in the ISM sub-GHz band, Wi-Fi HaLow brings exciting new features and Wi-Fi Alliance certification is of key importance to the IoT marketplace. Wi-Fi HaLow delivers longer range (more than 1 kilometer), higher throughput, large scale station deployments due to grouping and scheduling, lower latency, and long battery lifetime. Additionally, as part of the Wi-Fi family, Wi-Fi HaLow capitalizes on existing Wi-Fi infrastructure and robust end-to-end security, with multicast, and broadcast capabilities that allows for field software upgradability.” – Michael “Mac” McNamara, CEO, Adapt-IP

“Methods2Business is proud to play an active role in the availability of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow. Our company is excited to be one of the Wi-Fi HaLow certification test bed providers. Wi-Fi Alliance is delivering great value to the industry, enabling us to develop one of the first certified, interoperable, Wi-Fi HaLow products. Our customers believe that Wi-Fi HaLow will play a substantial role in the revolution of Industrial IoT and IoT for the Smart Home. It will serve these rapidly emerging markets with its unique advantages of a longer range (more than a kilometer) Wi-Fi with ultra-low power consumption and high security standards.” – Marleen Boonen, CEO & Founder, Methods2Business

“The ground-breaking potential of extending the already transformative characteristics of Wi-Fi into the sub-1 GHz band is hard to overstate, and we applaud Wi-Fi Alliance’s leadership in unleashing a new era of long range, low power and high-capacity Wi-Fi HaLow experiences for consumers. As a leading Wi-Fi HaLow innovator, we have invested heavily in R&D to ensure the market is ready with SoCs and modules that deliver unmatched benefits unlike any Wi-Fi or LPWAN technology available today. The addition of sub-1 GHz Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED portfolio will be a game changer for consumers and enterprises, from smart home, building automation, smart city, and industrial markets – and everything in between.”

– Michael De Nil, co-founder and CEO, Morse Micro

“We are incredibly excited to witness Wi-Fi Alliance’s announcement of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow program. Today marks a significant milestone for Newracom, Wi-Fi Alliance, and the industry as a whole. With long range, lower power consumption and massive deployment capabilities, Wi-Fi HaLow extends the inherent goodness of Wi-Fi to accelerate the next generation Internet of Things applications.”  – Zac Freeman, Vice President, Newracom

“Palma Ceia SemiDesign salutes Wi-Fi Alliance on the launch of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow program. This launch represents years of work by members of Wi-Fi Alliance to achieve a truly testable and compliant standard. Wi-Fi HaLow will provide users with a unique combination of range, throughput, network density, and power efficiency with WPA3 security. Palma Ceia will deliver Wi-Fi HaLow solutions and network support services to consumer and industrial clients. We look forward to the positive impact Wi-Fi HaLow and the collection of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow products will have on the IoT market and the expanded user applications that will benefit from Wi-Fi HaLow’s outcome-based network deployments.” – Kevin Walsh, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Palma Ceia SemiDesign

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