Wi-Fi Alliance Introduces New 802.11ah Standard, Extends into the 900 MHz Band
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a new 802.11ah standard that is capable of transmitting across larger distances, while requiring low power connectivity. Dubbed HaLow, the new W-Fi solution operates on the unlicensed 900MHz band, boasts nearly twice the range of the 2.4GHz standard, and provides a more robust connection in challenging environments such as penetrating walls or other barriers.
Given its low power-long range ability, HaLow is expected to power the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
“Wi-Fi HaLow is well suited to meet the unique needs of the Smart Home, Smart City, and industrial markets because of its ability to operate using very low power, penetrate through walls, and operate at significantly longer ranges than Wi-Fi today,” Edgar Figueroa, President and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, said at CES 2016 during the reveal of HaLow.
Even more versatile, the new Wi-Fi solution enables applications from small, battery-operated wearable devices to large-scale industrial facility deployments – and everything in between, added Figueroa.
“Wi-Fi HaLow will broadly adopt Wi-Fi protocols and deliver many of the benefits that consumers have come to expect from Wi-Fi today, including multi-vendor interoperability, strong government-grade security, and easy setup,” the announcement on the Wi-Fi Alliance website reads.
In addition to broadly adopting existing Wi-Fi protocols, Wi-Fi HaLow will bring various functionalities, including multi-vendor interoperability, strong government-grade security, and easy setup.