The Global View

Four more firms join ‘internet of things’ alliance

Four new smart-grid companies have joined an organization working to promote the use of the Internet Protocol for the networking of “smart objects.”

The IPSO (IP for Smart Objects) Alliance also announced plans to begin a series of interoperability tests, and has completed and approved two new standards for the “internet of things.”

New alliance members include:

  • GreenWave Reality, which provides a standards-based home energy management offering.
  • Corporative Intelligence Laboratory SL 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, which works for IPv6/6LoWPAN interoperable and standard products for energy conversation in buildings.
  • Sensus, a US-based utility infrastructure company offering smart meters, communication systems, software and services for the electric, gas, and water industries.

“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,” said David Ayers, vice president of engineering at Sensus.

The new standards published by the IPSO Alliance include RPL, a new routing protocol designed for IPv6 smart object networks, which has been approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and the 6LoWPAN-HC, a format for highly efficient IPv6 packet delivery over IEEE 802.15.4 low-power wireless personal area networks (WPAN).