ABI Research: Sensors, accessories to top 65% of active wireless connections by 2021

ABI Research predicted that accessories (including smartphone and PC peripherals, residential smart home lighting, and wearable devices) and sensor nodes (like Bluetooth beacons, proximity sensors, and other edge devices) will outpace smartphones and PCs for the first time in 2016 and account for more than 65 per cent of total active wireless connections by 2021. The research company also forecast that the installed base of active wireless connected devices will top 47 billion by 2021, more than double the current level. It commented that growth would be driven by a massive uptick in contextually aware Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints across retail, advertising and supply chain, smart home, and industrial IoT markets. Report