IPSO Alliance Facilitates Rapid Growth of IoT and M2M Markets

IPSO Alliance Facilitates Rapid Growth of IoT and M2M Markets in
2012, Looks Forward to Continued Success in 2013 
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/18/12 --  The Internet of
Things has arrived! 2012 was the year that infrastructure providers
around the globe permanently enabled IPv6, cementing the Internet
Protocol as THE enabler of the world's widest range of innovative
applications, particularly for smart objects. The IPSO (Internet
Protocol for Smart Objects) Alliance has continued to play a leading
role in promoting the successful use of IP throughout the Internet of
Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) markets, and looks forward
to an even more successful 2013. 
In 2012, the IPSO Alliance welcomed 12 new members -- Aiden Oy, Cubic
Global Tracking Solutions, the Electric Power Research Institute
(EPRI), Grundfos Holding, Maxim Integrated Products, Millennial Net,
Nokia, Renesas, Toshiba, Turkcell, United Technologies Research
Center Ireland (UTRC-I), and WISENET. While these dozen firms
represent an array of markets and end users, they share a common
belief in the suitability of IP as the key communications
foundational building block. 
"IP technologies and their related communication standards are one of
the key enablers for proliferation of embedded wireless devices. It
has become critical for companies like UTC, who provide a
comprehensive product portfolio for home and building management, to
understand not only the current communication protocols, but also the
emerging standards that will be required in the next generation of
our products, in order to be at the front-end of the technological
transformation. UTRC Ireland is looking forward to being an active
member of the IPSO Alliance. This industry-led group is at the
forefront of developing tomorrow's IP standards and membership in the
organization will help us extend our leadership role in enabling
future smart home and building solutions," shared Szymon Fedor of
UTRC-I. 
IPSO members shared their knowledge on the benefits of IP at dozens
of conferences around the world, including Parks Associates' Smart
Energy Summit (US); Mocana's Amphion Forum (GER); TIA2012 (US); and
the M2M Forum (ITA). IPSO was also featured during the European IoT
Week (ITA) in June, the 3rd ETSI M2M Workshop (FRA) in October, as
well as IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 (US) in December. Members spoke on a
variety of topics with one central theme -- the benefits of using IP
in smart object applications. 
IPSO held its first European member meeting in Paris last spring,
partnering with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute
(ETSI) to support interoperability testing of the Constrained
Application Protocol (CoAP), a software protocol which allows very
simple devices to communicate interactively over the Internet. The
interoperability event was attended by 18 organizations which tested
the world's first CoAP client and server implementations from China,
the European Union, Japan, and Korea. The group assessed the
understanding of the CoAP base specification being developed by the
IETF, as well as testing protocol implementation interoperability and
conformance.  
One of the most compelling aspects of IPSO membership for
organizations is the many interoperability tests that IPSO has
hosted. "The IPSO interoperability events serve as a valuable venue
for members to find ways to converge their technological applications
in areas where clearly defined standards for interoperability do not
yet exist. These events further demonstrate that an industry-agreed
framework and direction will lead to more robust interoperability for
the Smart Grid," said Lizardo Hernandez, Group Product Manager from
Landis+Gyr. 
The Alliance also sponsored IETF's Bits N Bites community network
events at IETF 84 (Vancouver) and IETF 85 (Atlanta), where members
demonstrated interoperable implementations of 6LoWPAN, IPv6, and CoAP
on a wide range of IP-enabled devices including embedded sensors,
light bulbs, smart meters, and an entire Lego city. These and other
interoperability tests have enabled IPSO to develop a new
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Application Framework, available for
download at http://www.ipso-alliance.org/technical-information.  
The IPSO Alliance is planning more interoperability events and
demonstrations throughout 2013, as well as expanding its webinar and
white paper series. During three interoperability events held in
2012, companies including Ericsson, INRIA, Landis+Gyr, Lulea
University of Technology, Nivis, NXP, Proto6, Sensinode, Swedish
Institute of Computer Science (SICS), STMicroelectronics, Watteco,
and WISENET demonstrated interoperability between various types of
IP-enabled devices and products including electric meters, light
bulbs, remote controls and motion sensors. Over a dozen companies
came together throughout these events to test their implementations
of 6LoWPAN, IPv6, CoAP and HTTP to ensure interoperability of these
IP-enabled M2M protocol suites that form the basis of the Internet of
Things. The IPSO Alliance is planning more interoperability events
and demonstrations throughout 2013, as well as expanding its webinar
and white paper series. To reach any of our member organizations to
discuss their latest innovations, please email
marketing@ipso-alliance.org to arrange a meeting. 
About the IPSO Alliance 
The IPSO Alliance is the primary advocate of IP for Smart Objects for
use in energy, consumer, healthcare, and industrial applications. The
Alliance, a non-profit entity whose members include leading
technology, communications, and energy organizations, promotes the
use of the Internet Protocol to serve as the foundation for a network
of sensor-enabled physical objects to communicate with each other as
seamlessly as individuals do over the Internet. 
IPSO Alliance membership is open to any organization supporting an
IP-based approach to connecting smart objects. For more information,
visit www.ipso-alliance.org or contact Kate Easton at
marketing@ipso-alliance.org. 
For more information: 
Kate Easton 
marketing@ipso-alliance.org 
www.ipso-alliance.org