WBA Issues Residential Wi-Fi Sensing Deployment Guidelines for Smart Homes

By Chad Cox

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

May 12, 2022


WBA Issues Residential Wi-Fi Sensing Deployment Guidelines for Smart Homes
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The guidelines enable Wi-Fi service providers to expand into home-based applications using motion detection, gesture recognition and biometric measurement for healthcare, security, smart homes and more.

Wireless Broadband Alliance announced the publication of  “Wi-Fi Sensing — Deployment Guidelines,” the latest in a series of deployment guidelines aimed to assist the industry.

Wi-Fi Sensing is a developing into a prominent technology aiming to modernize how Wi-Fi networks around the world are used. Wi-Fi Sensing allows existing Wi-Fi signals to sense motion, enabling a suite of new applications and revenue streams in markets such as:

  • home security
  • caregiving
  • enterprise
  • small business
  • hospitality

Sensing supports Wi-Fi networks with becoming more interactive, applying new levels of automation, and unearthing significant 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 our concept of the “smart” home.

 According to Wireless Broadband Alliance, “Wi-Fi Sensing — Deployment Guidelines” focuses on residential applications in single-family homes and multi-dwelling units. The paper covers key topics such as:

  • 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
  • General deployment guidelines including access point placement, network topology, floorplan considerations and sensitivity settings

Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, said: “Wi-Fi Sensing lays the foundation for Wi-Fi service providers to expand into a wide variety of exciting new markets, including health care, home security, building automation and more. ‘Wi-Fi Sensing — Deployment Guidelines’ is the latest example of the WBA’s commitment to providing the marketplace with guidance for developing and deploying innovative Sensing solutions.”

For more information, visit wballiance.com.