About IPSO

Vision and Mission

Since 2008, the IPSO Alliance has served as a resource center and thought leader seeking to establish the Internet Protocol as the basis for the connection of Smart Objects. The IPSO Alliance provides a foundation for industry growth by fostering awareness, providing education, promoting the industry, generating research, and creating a better understanding of IP and its role in the Internet of Things.

Through our work many industries have come to realize the benefits associated with using the Internet Protocol within the IoT and M2M applications. The Alliance is moving forward from explaining “Why use IP”, to “How to use IP”. While we will continue to educate and inform on the numerous fundamental benefits of IP, we have embarked on defining the set of appropriate protocols, architecture and data definitions for Smart Objects so that engineers and product builders will have access to the necessary tools for “how to build the IoT RIGHT”.


Promote IP: As the universal, most resilient, and most secure infrastructure on which to base ever more critical connectivity. Carry on our core mission of “Internet Protocol enabling the Internet of Things.” Promote the use of IP as the premier solution for access and communication for Smart Objects – in print, in public, and in the media.

Invest in Innovation: Through education and greenshoots development. Help innovators in small companies who are actually making IP devices and web objects to gain visibility in the industry. Recognize that IP Interoperability “lifts all boats” and that IPSO efforts helping small companies ultimately help the whole industry.

Uphold Standards: Support IETF and other standards development organizations in the development of standards for Smart Objects. Reach out to the industries and markets where Smart Objects can have an effective role in growth when connected using the Internet Protocol.

Interoperability: Organize interoperability tests that will allow members and interested parties to show that products and services using IP for Smart Objects can work together and meet industry standards for communication.

Note: The objective of the Alliance is not to define technologies, but to document the use of IP-based technologies defined at the standard organizations such as IETF with focus on support by the Alliance of various use cases.