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ZigBee Alliance: Testing of 920IP, Low-power Network Standard Finally Completed

ZigBee Alliance: Testing of 920IP, Low-power Network Standard Finally Completed

ZigBee Alliance: Testing of 920IP, Low-power Network Standard Finally Completed

by evajoy.ati@hotmail.comJuly 23, 2014

Zigbee-230x155The ZigBee Alliance, a worldwide ecosystem of associations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, recently affirmed that it has concluded the testing phase and improvement made on 920IP, an update version of the ZigBee IP standard, the first open, global standard for an IPv6 based full wireless cross section networking solution. It is one of the standards used by devices to communicate with other devices in an M2M network that comprises the Internet of Things.

ZigBee is a specification of high level communication protocols that are commonly used in small, low-power digital radios and the evolution of IP-based technology has lead to the development of wireless sensor networks that has also brought about advances in ZigBee IP extensions. 920IP is IPv6-based full wireless mesh networking solution to control low power, low cost devices commonly used on an M2M network  such as those in Smart Grids, Smart Energy solutions. The development of the said updated standard was led by several leaders in electronics such as Texas Instruments, OKI, NEC Engineering, Ad-Sol Nissin and Skyley Networks. The alliance, which was established in 2002 to create an open, non-profit organization of members geared towards creating a thriving global ecosystem of companies and industry leaders that support the standard, made consolidated efforts to develop an updated to respond to Japan’s designation of 920 MHz for home electric management systems and the country’s METI endorsement of of ECHONET Lite as a smart home standard, and therefore supporting these development efforts.

The chief executive officer and senior vice president of Japan’s Telecommunications Technology Committee (TTC), Yoichi Maeda said,

“ZigBee Alliance has been leading in the global standardization of M2M communication and home networks. In 2013, TTC signed an MOU with ZigBee Alliance and enacted the TTC standard JJ-300.10 and TTC technical report TR-1043. Now we welcome the completion of global standardization of the 920IP by the ZigBee Alliance. Adding this new option may lead to wider deployment of energy management solutions and expansion of the market in Japan.”

And according to Morio Hirahara of the ECHONET Consortium, Japan’s Home Energy Management Systems utilize ECHONET Lite as a standard and having an IP with a 920 MHz option as a recommended protocol will yield a wider range of deployment and greater interoperability capacity.

Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, also expressed his excitement in regards to the completion of the project. He said,

“As an organization with expertise in creating standards widely used by consumers and utilities around the world, we are very excited to complete this work that can deliver benefits to consumers in Japan,”

Richardson further added that they are fortunate to have experts from among the second largest number of members of the alliance with Japan, who are leading this important work.

The updated ZigBee IP, 920IP is expected to enhance, the IEEE 802.15.4 standard with its additional network and security layers, and application framework. It also offers a cost-effective and energy-efficient multi-hop wireless cross-section network standard IP, and supports security authentication as well as link layer frame security that is based on AES-128-CCM algorithm.

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