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ZigBee Alliance releases IPv6-based spec

1 May 2013 News

The ZigBee Alliance announced the completion and public availability of its third specification, ZigBee IP, which is the first open standard for an IPv6-based full wireless mesh networking solution and provides seamless Internet connections to control low-power, low-cost devices.

The new specification enriches the IEEE 802.15.4 standard by adding network and security layers and an application framework. It offers a scalable architecture with end-to-end IPv6 networking, laying the foundation for an Internet of Things without the need for intermediate gateways.

ZigBee IP offers cost-effective and energy-efficient wireless mesh networking based on standard Internet protocols, such as 6LoWPAN, IPv6, PANA, RPL, TCP, TLS and UDP. It also features proven, end-to-end security using TLS1.2 protocol, link layer frame security based on AES-128-CCM algorithm and support for public key infrastructure using standard X.509 v3 certificates and ECC-256 cipher suite.

ZigBee IP continues the ZigBee tradition of self-organising and self-healing mesh networking to enable robust communications over the globally available 2,4 GHz frequency as well as over the 868/915/920 MHz frequencies in select countries.

Tobin Richardson, chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, said “We expect to see a wave of ZigBee Certified products based on ZigBee IP when Smart Energy Profile 2 is completed later this year, since ZigBee IP was designed specifically to meet SEP2 requirements for the Smart Grid.”

Exegin, Silicon Labs and Texas Instruments provided golden units against which all future ZigBee Certified products using the ZigBee IP specification will be tested. This testing process ensures compliance with the specification so that manufacturers can be assured of consistent communications. Grid2Home and Sensinode achieved ZigBee Compliant platform status.

For more information visit www.zigbee.org/IP





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