WBA issues residential Wi-Fi Sensing guidelines

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has announced the publication of  “Wi-Fi Sensing — Deployment Guidelines,” the latest in a series of deployment guidelines designed to help the industry, WBA members and a wide range of enterprises  in different vertical industries understand the technology, its use cases, market opportunities and more.

Wi-Fi Sensing is a new and rapidly developing technology that aims to revolutionize how people use Wi-Fi networks around the world. Wi-Fi Sensing leverages existing Wi-Fi signals to sense motion, enabling a suite of new applications and revenue streams in markets such as home security, caregiving, enterprise, small business, and hospitality. Sensing enables Wi-Fi networks to become more interactive, apply new levels of automation, and unearth meaningful new user benefits from broadband services, like convenience, peace of mind, health insights, and privacy. Wi-Fi is a previously untapped source of artificial intelligence for preventative and analytics-driven solutions that could redefine our concept of the “smart” home.

The guidelines focuses on residential applications in single-family homes and multi-dwelling units. The paper covers key topics such as:

  1. Technological benefits, relevant communication guidelines and constraints.
  2. Environmental and device factors that can impact Sensing, such as how different types of construction materials affect signal strength and propagation in each Wi-Fi band.
  3. Experiments that provide insights into factors such as access point locations, interference, floor plans and more.
  4. General deployment guidelines including access point placement, network topology, floorplan considerations and sensitivity settings.

Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, said: “Wi-Fi Sensing lays the foundation for Wi-Fi service providers to expand into a wide variety of exciting new markets, including health care, home security, building automation and more. The guidelines are the latest example of the WBA’s commitment to providing the marketplace with guidance for developing and deploying innovative sensing solutions.”

Dr. Taj Manku, Co-founder and CEO at Cognitive Systems, said: “The discussions and the testing facilitated through the WBA Wi-Fi Sensing group not only bring awareness to tecnology but also improves it. The next major enhancement to Wi-Fi is sensing. We hope our work serves as an initial starting point for more stakeholders to get involved in shaping this future as the community continues working toward enhancing sensing applications and capabilities.”

The guide is available for download here.


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