WBA publishes Wi-Fi Sensing Deployment Guidelines for smart homes

Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has released its latest publication in a series of deployment guidelines designed to help the industry to understand Wi-Fi Sensing technology, its use cases and market opportunities.

Wi-Fi Sensing is a new and rapidly developing technology that aims to revolutionise how people use Wi-Fi networks by leveraging existing Wi-Fi signals to sense motion, enabling a suite of new applications and revenue streams in markets such as smart homes, 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 the concept of the ‘smart’ home.

This latest publication, “Wi-Fi Sensing – Deployment Guidelines” focuses on residential applications in single-family homes and multi-dwelling units. The paper covers key topics including technological benefits, relevant communication guidelines and constraints; 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; experiments that provide insights into factors such as access point locations, interference, floor plans and more; and general deployment guidelines including access point placement, network topology, floorplan considerations and sensitivity settings.

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