January 2013 – Featured Alliance – IP500

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By Chris Carnevale, IP500

In 2007, the IP500® vision to form an open, fully interoperable and robust IP-based sensor network solution for commercial building and other sensor applications began.    Formally established in 2010, the IP500® Alliance is comprised of international OEMs and system manufacturers. These member companies are focused on the end user and have created the desired industry standard IP500® solution.  Suppliers of the IP500® solution are key technology partners of the IP500® Alliance, but primary decision making is carried out by the Alliance members.  In this way, the IP500® Alliance maintains its attention on the market requirements (the OEMs) and its end-customer.

The member companies of the IP500® Alliance are leaders in commercial building automation with products including access control, fire & smoke detection, escape route systems, intrusion detection, lighting and climate control, messaging and others.  The founding members of the IP500® Alliance are ABI-Sicherheitssysteme, Belimo, Bosch Security Systems, JOB Dectectomat, Dorma, Gunnebo, Hekatron, Honeywell, LINK, Siemens Building Technologies Division, SimonsVoss, STG-Beikirch, Swissphone, Tyco, UTC Fire & Security, WAGO, and Xtralis.

The cornerstone of the IP500® solution is its creation of an IP based wireless mesh network interoperable at the device (RF, network and Protocol) level.  Now, all manufacturers’ devices can communicate with each other through an IEEE Sub 1GHZ RF chip and over a shared IP based network using 6LowPAN (IPv6) and BACnet, without using gateways.  The IP500® solution addresses the critical needs of the OEMs:  highest data rate in the Sub 1GHZ band (868/915) of up to 500kbps, ultra-low power for longest battery lifetime, backwards compatibility with installed base at the PIN-Level, and meeting applicable security regulations in Europe, USA and other countries for smoke detection and intrusion (like VdS).  Moreover, the communication within IP500® networks is reliable and redundant, because of the thru Mesh-Network-Topology.  Should a particular device along with its IP500® signal go offline, network communication will continue uninterrupted as the Mesh-Network automatically forms an alternative path.

For more information, please visit the IP500® website at www.ip500alliance.org  or contact in North America, Mr. Chris Carnevale, email – christian.carnevale@ip500alliance.org, in Japan, Mr. Tadashi Yamato, email – tadashi.yamato@ip500alliance.org, or Mr. Lyn Matten at the IP500 Alliance Headquarters Europe, email – info@ip500alliance.org.

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