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August 2009 Industry News

News from the Communications Industry...focus on wireless sensor networks and peer-to-peer systems
 

Report: WSN Home Market to Hit $6 Billion by 2012
The home market for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) will reach US$6 billion a year by 2012, according to a new report from research firm ON World. The prediction includes both products and services centered around in-home energy management and health monitoring. More...
Meanwhile, ON World predicts the market for "Home Area Network" (HAN) energy management solutions to reach 20 million homes worldwide by 2013. More...
 
Wearable WSN Market Also Expected to Grow
Another report predicts a surge in wearable wireless sensors, to 400 million devices by 2014. Ninety percent of the current market is in the fitness industry, according to ABI Research, which predicts growth in both professional and home healthcare. More...
 
HAN 101
What is a Home Area Network (HAN), and what does it mean to IT? It's a whole new market, driven in part by the desire for green technology, and one that could expand very quickly. But the market could also face fragmentation as new players try to provide different types of solutions. IT Business Edge has a primer on the field. More...
 
RFID Orders Surge, Despite Weak Economy
Orders for RFID products are up as much as 10 percent in some sectors, especially in the United States, according to a report by IDTechEx. In the last year, the market for WSN products has already surpassed that of Second-Generation RFID, or RTLS. More...
 
P2P Over Mobile Networks On the Decline
According to a new study by manufacturer Allot, streaming is now the top use of bandwidth in mobile systems, with a growth of more than 50% in the second quarter. Bandwidth use for P2P, meanwhile, grew just 14%. Overall, mobile data usage grew 30% during the last quarter, according to Allot. More...
 
Paper: "Proactive Poising Scheme" Could Legitimize P2P
Can P2P be made more safe for commercial content delivery? A paper in "IEEE Transactions on Computers" proposes creating a peer authorization protocol (PAP) which would distinguish pirates from legitimate clients by creating a "proactive poisoning scheme" to detect pirates with identity-based signatures and time-stamped tokens. More (PDF)...
 
"Trusted" P2P Networks Protect Users
Four P2P programs which only allow sharing only between friends and private groups help keep content legitimate and keep users safe from viruses or other content problems, reports PC World. Applications discussed include QNext, GigaTribe, 2Peer, and LogMeIn's Hamachi. More...
 
Canada Asks, Should P2P Traffic Be Slower?
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is examining whether ISPs have the right to slow down traffic from P2P networks as a method of easing Internet congestion. A ruling is expected in a few months. More...
 
British ISP Takes Hard Line on P2P Users
Karoo, the only DSL ISP in its area of Britain, has started disconnecting its users for P2P downloads. More...
 
P2P Pioneer Kazaa Coming Back?
Kazaa, shut down by the courts earlier this year, is expected to return as a subscription music service. Parent company Brilliant Digital Entertainment will use old Kazaa name and brand, but it's unclear if it will keep using P2P as a distribution scheme. More...