"The IPSO Alliance welcomes the publication of a new routing standard – RPL. RPL, an IP routing protocol designed for IPv6 smart object networks, has been approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as an official international standard.
RPL is the result of three years of hard work from a number of IPSO members and routing experts in the field, including Dust Networks, Ember, Sigma Design and Cisco. Several months ago, Cisco, Sensinode, SICS and Watteco all IPSO members— successfully conducted interoperability tests on an early version of the protocol that was instrumental in the course of the standardization performed by the IETF.
"This is a key milestone for the IPSO Alliance and for the future of the Internet of Things," said JP Vasseur, Cisco Fellow and chair of the IPSO Technology Advisory Board. "RPL is a significant component today for IP Smart Object networks, including smart grid infrastructure."
The IETF has also completed the draft of the 6LoWPAN-HC, a header compression format for highly efficient IPv6 packet delivery over IEEE® 802.15.4 low-power wireless personal area networks (WPAN). This is key to connecting smart objects such as meters, sensors or control devices, and smart appliances over the Internet. The IPSO organizations that participated in the early testing of 6LoWPAN-HC include Atmel, Cisco, NXP, Sensinode, SICS, Sigma Designs and Watteco SAS."