The recent release of a new global wireless networking standard from IEEE moves the Smart Grid Industry moves the smart grid network one step closer to network interoperability. The IEEE 802.15.4g radio standard, published on April 28, 2012 establishes common and consistent communication specifications for utilities deploying smart grid technologies, enabling interoperable communications between smart grid devices, including smart meters and smart home appliances. The specifications will help enable interoperability in mesh, star, point-to-point or any other topology. Read more: Future Ready Smart Grid Solutions
The global launch of IPv6 last month went without a hitch. All the companies involved can pat themselves on the back for a job well done. While some of the companies haven’t fully detailed their involvement in the launch, Netflix has been surprisingly open about the challenges of dealing with IPv6.
Growth in Number of IP Addresses Drives the Global Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM) Market
The global market for Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM) is projected to reach US$3.4 billion by 2018, primarily driven by rapid proliferation of IP enabled devices, growth in number of IP addresses and migration from IPv4 to IPv6.
In April this year, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) ratified a new standard – ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 – for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption. The standard is optimized for energy harvesting solutions and, therefore, for EnOcean’s self-powered wireless technology. Together with the EnOcean Equipment Profiles (EEPs) drawn up by the EnOcean Alliance, this international standard lays the foundation for fully interoperable, open wireless technology comparable to standards such as Bluetooth and WiFi.
Interoperability tests show that “smart objects” like smart meters and grid gear can talk IP to one another.
Research engineer teaches some of the ins and outs of networking low-power embedded devices, specifically how to configure 6LoWPAN.
Networked sensors are finding their way into an increasingly broad set of applications marketers have dubbed The Internet of Things. The following photo gallery provides a few glimpses of this diverse frontier in electronics and distributed computing.
March 22, 2012 — SensorsCon 2012 was held March 21 at the Santa Clara TechMart Center, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the International Society for Quality Electronic Design (ISQED). This is the first such meeting focusing on sensor technology, with about 60 attendees. As a design conference, the focus was more on system design and architecture rather than on the underlying technology components that I am more accustomed to covering.
Major Internet service providers (ISPs), home networking equipment manufacturers, and web companies around the world are coming together to permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services by 6 June 2012.
Organized by the Internet Society, and building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event held on 8 June 2011, World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of IPv6. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development.
Any device connected to the internet needs an internet protocol address, a string of numbers unique to it that identify it and enable it to communicate with the web. As the number of web-enabled devices grows, the old system of assigning IP addresses can no longer accommodate them all and will have to, in the very near future, be replaced by a new system of allocating IP addresses called IP Version 6.