ZigBee Alliance Unveils Standard for IPv6-Based Mesh Network

The ZigBee Alliance has launched its third specification, ZigBee IP, for an IPv6-based wireless mesh networking service and provides internet connections to control low-power devices. ZigBee IP specification enhances the IEEE 802.15.4 standard by adding network and security layers and an application framework. ZigBee IP offers architecture with IPv6 networking, laying the foundation for an Internet of Things. It offers wireless mesh network based on standard internet protocols, such as 6LoWPAN, IPv6, PANA, RPL, TCP, TLS and UDP. It also features security using TLS1.2 protocol, link layer frame security based on AES-128-CCM algorithm and support for public 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 communications over 2.4 GHz frequency as well as over the 868/915/920 MHz frequencies in select countries. Exegin, Silicon Labs and Texas Instruments provided Golden Units against which all future ZigBee Certified products using the ZigBee IP specification will be tested. Grid2Home and Sensinode achieved ZigBee Compliant platform status. Testing services were provided by NTS, TRaC and TUV Rheinland.

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