In the latest bit of technology making its debut at this year’s CES, the Wi-Fi Alliance unveiled HaLow, its new low-power, long-range Wi-Fi intended for IoT (Internet of Things). HaLow sits in the frequency bands below 1 GHz, and the Alliance hopes that it will be used in a wide range of applications, including digital healthcare, agriculture, and retail scenarios, using its ability to connect at more than twice the distance as traditional Wi-Fi. Analysts see HaLow being integrated into multi-radio access points in the home, with functionality at 2.4 and 5 GHz, as well as 900 MHz.
HaLow is only the latest IoT venture the Wi-Fi Alliance has dabbled in recently. A few months ago, they introduced the Implementer membership category, which allows companies who do not have expertise in connecting technologies to introduce IoT products (washing machines, for example) that will bear the Alliance’s seal of approval. These members would not be eligible to develop Wi-Fi technology, marketing, or regulatory programs, however.