With connectivity becoming widely adopted in most modern homes, appliances now have the ability to transmit data obtained by the new onboard sensors to services such as Pantri, where this data can be transformed into usable grocery replenishment actions. This infrastructure will provide the networking backbone needed to pass data out of an appliance - critical to obtain insights. You can expect a Pantri Compliant Device to use the best connectivity methods available.
It is safe to assume that the majority of homes in developed economies have their own WiFi networks, with most official national statistics suggesting over 98% adoption. The technology itself is tried & tested, already providing robust networking for other domestic devices, such as mobile phones, computers, tablets, smart speakers & media streaming devices.
WPS provides a notable additional feature for appliances that don't often have the interfaces available to configure network identification & security authentification.
These technologies provide a new wave of digital communication. For now, the device doesn't need additional local networked devices, but instead transmits via publicly accessible equipment - often over large distances. The downside is that data transfer rates are a lot smaller... which is no good for streaming a movie or loading a website - but ideal for sending status notifications, such as a dishwasher completing a cycle.
The real power of this technology is that when built into a suitable appliance, it can work out of the box, without requiring the user to join it to a local network.