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ARM acquires Sensinode

ARM has acquired Sensinode in Finland in its bid to provide technology and processors for the “Internet of things,” consisting of a variety of low-power and inexpensive devices including sensors communicating with the Internet and one another.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Privately-held Sensinode has led to the creation of the 6LoWPAN and CoAP standards for low-cost, low-power devices to connect to the Internet, ARM said Tuesday.

CoAP, for Constrained Application Protocol, enables web services for constrained devices and networks, while integrating with the Web architecture and HTTP. 6LoWPAN is a standard from the Internet Engineering Task Force first published in 2007, which optimizes IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) for use with low-power, low-bandwidth communication technologies. The technologies reduce the complexity and overhead of key Internet and Web protocols to make them easy to handle by small footprint devices.

ARM is adding Sensinode technologies to its mbed project, an industry collaboration to deliver open source hardware and software building blocks for rapid development of intelligent connected devices. IMS Research said in October that the Internet of Things will have 28 billion Internet-connected devices by the end of 2020.

ARM in Cambridge, U.K., has said it is committed to enabling a standards-based Internet of Things where devices of all types and capabilities are connected through interoperable Internet protocols and Web services.

The company, which licenses the designs for the chips that go into a majority of smartphones, is now targeting the embedded market, providing free software libraries, hardware designs and online tools for professional rapid prototyping of products built around ARM microcontrollers.

ARM will continue to offer Sensinode’s NanoStack and NanoService products, built around 6LoWPAN and CoAP, commercially to existing and new customers, it said.

More info here.

The Next Decade Is The Internet Of Things

Internetofthings-280x210Since 1980‘s and 1990‘s we were constantly talking about world globalization and how interconnected we have become, partially thanks to the internet. In todays world, I think we need to coin a new term “internetiolization”, if we can pronounce it that is.

You might think that you live in the world of the internet, where everything is connected. But in truth, you have no idea how interconnected its about to get. Thanks to companies such as Sensinode out of Oulu, Finland, every little device is going to be able to communicate to every other little device and be connected to the global “Internet of Things”.

Just imagine for a second that every light switch, device (TV, Fridge) and door lock in your house being connected to each other and the internet. So that you can adjust the overall brigthness of your living room to your preferred level of lumens. Now imagine that you can do that from anywhere in the world, through your mobile phone? Cool, right? 

Well, it gets better. All of these devices could theoretically be connected to a wider grid, containing for example street lights. The system could then measure the amount of light that your house emits, couple it together with the amount of light needed on the street and power the street lights accordingly. If you connect light sensors and motion sensors to the grid, you can have the lights follow your car on a highway and not have any lights anywhere where it is not needed. This interconnectedness is what machine to machine communications could become. This new internet can and will be an order of magnitude bigger than what we currently have.

According to Adam Gould, the CEO of Sensinode, there are going to be nearly 1 billion connected nodes by 2015. However there are still some problems in this industry, mainly the fact that there are a lot of proprietary protocols that never really scale.

So the only solution is to develop a standards based technology, which is what Sensinode is aiming to achieve. Moreover, as Gould points out, many of those nodes (devices) have battery requirements of 20 years or more, such as the gas meter in your house, so it is crucial to minimize costs and power consumption requirements.

More info here.

Texas Instruments: 6LoWPAN Wirelessly Connected Street Lights

CC1180-based demonstration with Sensinode from CES 2013.

A video is available here.

Sensinode announces the NanoService Platform

Sensinode  today announced release of the NanoService™ Platform, a highly-scalable backend management platform. The NanoService™ Platform is designed to enable the rapid deployment of challenging M2M systems by providing efficient management of nodes and their resources and allowing applications to be easily developed using well understood Web services.

Designed to support M2M networks of up to 20 million nodes and up to 100 million daily transactions per cluster, the NanoService Platform offloads the complexity of Embedded Web service deployment from service providers and system integrators. Applications in the emerging Smart Grid, the Connected Home, lighting and many other industrial/consumer segments involving wireless sensing and control are readily accommodated by the Sensinode solution architecture.

“The evolution of the Internet of Things is accelerating on multiple fronts, including  standards development, integration of IPv6 into the upcoming ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 profile, and the global trend to leverage mobile communications infrastructure for M2M applications,” said Adam Gould, Chief Executive Officer of Sensinode. “Our goal with the NanoServices Platform is to support fast development of applications using standard Web tools, while at the same time making the details of the wireless network transparent to our customers.”

The NanoService Platform presents an environment for easy development of standard REST (Representational State Transfer) applications while utilizing standards for Embedded Web services such as CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol) and compact messaging formats including EXI (Efficient XML Exchange) for efficient transport of data.

More info here and here.


Sensinode releases Updated Software Libraries for Texas Instruments Chips

Sensinode Ltd., a leading provider of software that powers the Internet of Things, today announced release of its NanostackTM 2.0 Library for two hardware platforms from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI); the CC2530 2.4Ghz radio frequency system-on-chip (SOC) and the low-power RF (LPRF) platform of integrated, sub- 1GHZ CC430 MCUs for ultra-low-power wireless network applications. With the updated release of NanostackTM 2.0, developers can quickly implement embedded Internet applications that leverage LPRF technology in hugely scalable mesh networks.

The Sensinode Nanostack 2.0 Library includes all required software to configure network nodes compliant with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 6LoWPAN specification (RFC4944) and related standards. This core technology enables IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) connectivity to IEEE 802.15.4 wireless network devices.

More info here.

Sensinode announced funding

Sensinode, a leading provider of software that powers the “Internet of Things”, today announced that Conor Venture Partners will invest 1 million Euro to accelerate the international growth of the company.

“Our mission is to revolutionize business processes with our IP-based embedded software and management solutions, to enable Smart Grid, cellular M2M, enterprise building automation and asset management markets. We are excited to collaborate with Conor Venture Partners. This new funding and the support of the experienced Conor team will accelerate our growth in the international market,” says Adam Gould, CEO of Sensinode.

Sensinode is the pioneer and world leader in IP-based machine-to-machine and wireless sensor networking platforms. It provides end to end software solutions to implement IPv6-based networks, including 6LoWPAN technology, to chip and gateway manufacturers, OEMs, solution providers, engineering houses and system integrators.

The new funding builds on significant developments for Sensinode in 2010, including:

–  Closing of a 1.2 million Euro Series A round in early 2010.

–  Adam Gould’s appointment as CEO, adding 25+ years of technology and marketing management expertise, at companies such as Nokia, NextWave and Motorola, to the firm.

–  Joining the ZigBee Alliance, with particular focus on providing software solutions for the new IP-based ZigBee Smart Energy Profile 2.0

More info here.

Next-generation TI chip support

From On the Internet of Things blog:

Sensinode recently announced support for the next-generation CC2530 radio chip from Texas Instruments.

This new chip is an exciting development on the SoC front, and compliments the general industry trend towards SoC radio technology. Our Sensinode team is excited about this new chip which gives us much better performance in terms of receiver sensitivity and transmit power (= better range). In addition the processor core has several improvements over the CC2430. The new chip has a huge amount of flash now at 250 kB. Although this may be needed by ZigBee Pro stacks, which are very complex, Sensinode’s NanoStack 2.0 needs only the 64 kB version of the chip. As the CC2530 is available in 128kB, 64kB and 32kB versions – that is a direct cost savings.

The transaction to a new chip generation takes a long time – and the CC2530 is only sampling now. I hope to see Sensinode CC2530-based products late this year. As this is fully compatible with our current 6LoWPAN network products based on the current CC2430 – this transition is a smooth one.

This compliments Sensinode’s earlier announcement for NanoStack 2.0 support for the TI Sub-GHz CC1110 chip, which shows how flexible 6LoWPAN is over various radio technologies. At only 32 kB of ROM and 4 kB or RAM, it also is also shows how small a complete wireless IPv6 stack can get. Sub-Ghz 6LoWPAN networks are extremely interesting in terms incredible range and the avoidance of 2.4GHz interference. In the Smart Metering market, Sub-GHz 6LoWPAN is receiving tremendous interest. New Sub-GHz versions of Sensinode products will be available already 3Q-2009.

More info here.