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IPSO Alliance Announces Successful Completion of Multi-Vendor IP Smart Object Interoperability Event

The IPSO Alliance announced the successful completion of a multi-vendor IP Smart Object interoperability event. Eleven different organizations came together to test their implementations of 6LoWPAN, IPv6, and COAP, the new protocol being developed by the IETF for embedded devices. At the interoperability event, members of the Alliance demonstrated device and protocol interoperability showing the path to building the Internet of Things.
“A key goal of the IPSO Interop is to show that products and services using IP for Smart Objects can work together and meet industry standards for communication,” said Kris Pister, Chief Technologist at Dust Networks and Chair of the IPSO Interop Committee. “This interop successfully highlights the wide variety of standards that interoperate within the IP framework, including the forthcoming IEEE 802.15.4e low power wireless standard.”
During the interop event, devices using multiple different communications technologies including 802.15.4, 802.15.4e and powerline communications (PLC) shared command and control information directly between devices at the event, as well as with devices located at other participants’ sites around the world. IPSO member companies that participated in the interop were Bosch, Convergence Wireless, Dust Networks, NXP Semiconductor, Proto6, Sensinode, Symphony Networks, Ubilogix and Watteco. Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the Alliance, said, “This interoperability event builds on our two previous interops by showing not only multiple different media, but also higher layer functional interoperability.”
Tim Hirou, CEO of Convergence Wireless said, “We are helping to push forward the commercial adoption of IPv6 by interoperating using the 802.15.4e Wireless TDMA Frequency Hopping Standard.”
“Our contribution to the IPSO Interop focuses on the flexibility of IP. We are happy to demonstrate that 6LoWPAN networks can combine low-power DC PLC, AC PLC, and radio links, and can span across the Atlantic,” says Olivier Hersent, Watteco’s CEO.
At future interop events, the Alliance will expand the testing of the IP protocol suite for use in embedded networks and systems, such as those being planned for the Smart Grid, automated building and industrial process controls. Mulligan continued, “Events like this are vital to the success of the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine networks. The IPSO Alliance is committed to continuing its leadership to ensure commercial acceptance and worldwide deployment of billions of interconnected devices.”

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The IPSO Alliance Debuts New Technology

The IPSO Alliance wrapped up a full week of successful IP-related events including a two-day interoperability test, public member product demonstration, and informative member meeting.  “This has been a great week for the IPSO Alliance.  We’ve shown the viability of using IP to bring together embedded networking across all industries,” said Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the Alliance.

The week began with 11 companies participating in the multi-vendor IP Smart Object interoperability event, which tested implementations of 6LoWPAN, IPv6, and COAP.  IPSO member companies Bosch, Convergence Wireless, Dust Networks, NXP Semiconductor, Proto6, Sensinode, Symphony Networks, Ubilogix and Watteco were key contributors of “unplug-fest.”

Preceding the demonstrations, three industry luminaries provided keynotes: Stuart Sikes, President of Parks Associates; Bo Begole, Principal Scientist of PARC, a Xerox company; and Whitfield Diffie, renowned Public Key Cryptographer. IPSO members Convergence Wireless, Dust Networks, Ember, GreenWave Reality, National Instruments, Nivis, NXP Semiconductors, Proto6, Sensinode, and Synapse Wireless displayed products incorporating IP in Smart Energy, commercial building, and industrial technologies.  “IP-based wireless sensor networking standards such as 6LoWPAN will play an important role in unifying sensor networking applications across a variety of wired and wireless networks,” said Joy Weiss, President and CEO of Dust Networks, which demonstrated their SmartMesh IP.

NXP Semiconductors Product Marketing Manager, Colin Faulkner, noted, “The continued evolution of JenNet-IP [for] applications such as home lighting and load control is essential to the widespread adoption of IP-enabled home automation systems. [Our] demonstration at the IPSO Alliance shows just how easily this technology can integrate Internet connectivity.”  Other founding members also participated: Nivis, who showed their integration-ready IP and open-standards based Smart Object platform; Proto6, who exhibited a wireless, interconnected smoke detector and thermostat; and Sensinode, who promoted the availability of the NanoService Solution.

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ContikiRPL went public

The Contiki team is happy to announce that ContikiRPL has been made public! ContikiRPL is an open-source implementation of RPL – the proposed standard routing protocol for IPv6 in low-power and lossy networks. Read on for details on how to get ContikiRPL up and running.

RPL works by building and maintaining directed acyclic graphs toward root nodes. The protocol is the result of a collaboration between academia and industry in the ROLL working group at the IETF. In March 2010, an interoperability event hosted by the IPSO Alliance took place in Anaheim, CA. ContikiRPL participated in this event and was tested against a number of emerging RPL implementations.

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Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP

In anticipation to what the Internet will soon develop into, Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP is the first book to take a holistic approach to the revolutionary area of Internet Protocol-based smart objects.
The book covers:
background: wireless sensor networks, ubiquitous computing, computer networking
technology: hardware and software, low-power communication with 802.15.4 and WiFi, power line communications (PLC), the Internet Protocol stack, IPv6, UDP and TCP, REST and web services, security, 6LoWPAN header compression, RPL routing
smart object applications: the smart grid, smart cities, building automation, home automation, industrial automation.
It will be  available in spring/summer of 2010, but it is already  possible to preorder a copy from

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IP Seeks Dominance in Wireless Sensing Industry


The First Global Interoperability Test for IP-Based Sensor Networking was successfully conducted, as announced by the IPSO alliance last week. Participating vendors included: Arch Rock, Atmel, Cisco, Dust Networks, Gainspan, Jennic, PicosNet, Primex Wireless, Proto6, Sensinode, SICS.  Vendors proved interoperability across the global Internet with participants from Palo Alto, California as well as from numerous countries in Asia, North America and Europe.

Sensors from multiple companies using IP  may communicate employing  differing physical links and without the need for complex gateways and other redundant infrastructure.

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World’s first IP-based wireless sensor network (6LoWPAN) enabled handheld tablet Ltd. today  announced the 1st IP-based wireless sensor network (WSN) handheld device in the world, which interoperates seamlessly with IP-based 2.4GHz wireless sensor networks taking full advantage of the 6LoWPAN standard and IEEE 802.15.4 RF technology. The KitWrx 456 handheld tablet enhances smart object connectivity by enabling communication with 6LoWPAN based wireless networks and smart devices, along with RFID tags for enterprise applications in addition to previously used WLAN and barcode reading technologies. 

The KitWrx 456 handheld tablet was been developed jointly  with IPSO Alliance members (, Sensinode Ltd. and the CENTRIA research center. The KitWrx 456 is enabled by Sensinode’s NanoStack™ 2.0 – the most sophisticated 6LoWPAN protocol stack solution. NanoStack 2.0 enables communication with 6LoWPAN enabled ad-hoc devices and infrastructure networks over an easy to use API. Windows CE applications on the KitWrx 456 can access the 6LoWPAN network directly. NanoStack 2.0 is available for licensing on OEM devices, giving easy compatibility with the KitWrx 456 and Sensinode NanoRouter™ 2.0 infrastructure solutions.