Nivis Participates in Successful IPSO Interop

Nivis Participates in Successful IPSO Interop 
Event Demonstrated Interoperability of MAN/NAN Devices Utilizing
802.15.4g FSK PHY 
ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/20/12 --  Nivis, a global leader in
Smart Grid and Industrial Wireless networks, participated in another
successful Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance
interop held in conjunction with the 85th IETF meeting in Atlanta,
Georgia. Building upon previous events, the latest interop focused on
Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) and Neighborhood Area Network (NAN)
devices engaged in AMR (electric metering), Lighting and Load
Control. The event focused on two interoperability frameworks, the
communication framework and the application framework. 
The communication framework focused on interoperability of MAN/NAN
devices that use the IEEE-defined 802.15.4g FSK PHY standard that
targets Smart Utility Networks. The participants successfully tested
interoperability of the Common Signaling Mode, support for which is
mandatory for all 802.15.4g devices, and dynamic mode switching,
which allows devices to communicate at the higher bit rates that are
part of the standard. During the 802.15.4g FSK PHY session of the
interop event, the Nivis 802.15.4g implementation was successfully
tested for interoperability with Landis + Gyr meters using a
completely different hardware platform. 
"Diversity of smart grid devices will always prevail in our industry.
This test confirms the ability to build an interoperable profile that
extends beyond the physical layer, regardless of inherent
complexities. Our commitment is to contribute to the definition of a
standardized communications framework that satisfies our utility
customers' interoperability needs," said Lizardo Hernandez, Group
Product Manager at Landis+Gyr. 
The application framework testing centered on ensuring
interoperability between different COAP implementations. The
participants showcased an ecosystem where vendors could monitor and
control each other's lights and load control devices. Nivis, NXP,
Sensinode and Proto 6 devices successfully exchanged application
payloads compliant with the IPSO Application Template. 
"Smart Objects deployed in Municipal or Neighborhood Area Networks
are of paramount importance to the emergence of the Internet of
Things. These networks will offer wide geographic coverage and will
transport data for Smart Objects engaged in a variety of other
applications. We are fully committed on ensuring that each and every
facet of these Smart Objects is standards-based and is cross-vendor
interoperable," said Robert Assimiti, Director of Technology and
Standards at Nivis. 
In October, at the Freescale(R) Semiconductor Technology Forum in
Tokyo, Nivis and Freescale launched a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
Development Kit that features a standards-based communications stack
utilizing 802.15.4g, 802.15.4e, 6LoWPAN, CoAP, UDP and RPL. The kit
utilizes Freescale's MC12311 Sub-GHz transceiver and Freescale's
Kinetis(R) 32-bit ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M4 microcontroller with built in
crypto acceleration. The kit allows users to build a wireless network
quickly 'out of the box,' integrate it with user hardware and then
evaluate network performance in a real environment. Network endpoints
can be accessed with a full range of IPv6 commands sent directly to
the device from any Internet browser. 
About Nivis
 Founded in 1998, Nivis is a leader in open standard
wireless sensing and control network technologies, including 6LoWPAN,
ISA100.11a, and WirelessHART. Nivis technologies are field-proven and
at work today inside some of the largest smart metering and
industrial wireless OEMs. Nivis serves customers in 27 countries
worldwide from its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and its
European offices in Belgium and Romania. 
For more information, visit the Nivis website at 
About Landis + Gyr
 Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of
integrated energy management products tailored to energy company
needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced
metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio
of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is
paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized
sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth
platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TSE: 6502) and 40% owned by the
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries
across five continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole
mission of helping the world manage energy better.  
More information is available at 
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 organization
whose members include leading technology, communications and energy
companies, 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
For more information, visit the website at 
Trae Harrison