Thursday, June 30, 2011

IoT in China revisited: centralized views and smart cities are taking off | Florian Michahelles

It would be great if some 6LoWPANers or someone from IPSO Alliance can attend this meeting next time /HM

"Again, I had the chance to attend the IoT Conference organized by Shanghai International Exhibition in China, a continuation of the series started in 2010. The audience included about 400 participants from business all over China. I contrast to last year, about half of the speakers were international."

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"Paul Havinga presented a nice definition of IoT: 'Everything is networked; Smart objects and global connectivity allows for open multi-purpose services'.

Thus, IP cannot be solution, not even the low-power versions as 6LoWPAN as being too expensive and too complex for cheap and small devices. Instead, he proposed the integration of various technologies coupled with embedded intelligence as a way for establishing distributed collaboration. The IoT would allow to collect information and to make information available right at where the action is."


Sunday, June 26, 2011

IPSO Alliance announces new members

"COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 22, 2011. The IPSO Alliance, the leading organization defining the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced four new members, its intent to begin a series of interoperability tests, and the approval and completion of two new standards. This demonstrates significant demand for Internet Protocol (IP) for smart objects, which allow items ranging from appliances to factories to cars to communicate as individuals do over the Internet.

New members to the IPSO Alliance include:

--GreenWave Reality, a global innovator in energy management and demand response systems, providing an affordable, easy-to-use, standards-based home energy management solution that includes intelligent lighting has joined IPSO as a Promoter member.

-- Corporative Intelligence Laboratory S.L. of Spain (Cilab), the company behind Green Asset Management (GAM), which is a platform based on distributed computing, focusing in the optimization of the way we use resources at an urban/community scale;

-- ElectroTest Sweden AB, a Sweden-based company that works for IPv6/6LoWPAN interoperable and standard products for energy conversation in buildings; Sensus, a leading utility infrastructure company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries have all joined as Contributor members.

"Sensus is proud to take a leadership role in helping to further the use of IP for networking solutions," said David Ayers, vice president of engineering at Sensus. "As the foremost network layer protocol for enabling multiple applications, IP further secures the role of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) networks as a key component of the smart grid."

Over the course of six months, IPSO will be conducting a series of interoperability tests at the IP layer, running both within a single PHY/MAC as well as demonstrating interoperability across multiple PHY/MAC layers."

Source: 
smartcardstrends.com

IETF Standards Approved: RPL routing protocol / 6LoWPAN -Header Compression

Great News!!

"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."

Source: 
smartcardstrends.com
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