The home health monitoring market is expected to surge due to a number of factors, according to ABI Research’s “mHealth Research Service” report, released recently. Foremost among the elements driving this expansion are the growing number of senior citizens in the U.S., which, combined with economic, social, and technological developments, leave this segment ripe for dramatic growth in the next 5 years. ABI sees more than 36 million units being sold in 2017, a substantial increase from the under 3 million sold in 2011. Also forecast to grow is the wearable wireless device health market, as healthcare providers search for devices that improve in-home monitoring for seniors which can leverage wireless communications in a form factor that can be worn without restriction or discomfort.
Bluetooth Smart and ZigBee, both technologies that combine low power wireless connections along with interoperability, will compete in a number of new and emerging markets, including home devices like remote controls, and wireless sensors for medical, sports, and home automation devices. So says ABI Research in their latest report, “Bluetooth and 802.15.4 Wireless Sensor Networks Research Services.” Both technologies will also see rapid growth beginning in 2013, although Bluetooth Smart is expected to far outstrip ZigBee and reach over 1 billion shipments by 2016. This success will be driven by the expanding ecosystem of Smart Ready devices like smartphones, TVs, and laptops.