ZigBee IP for IPv6-based wireless mesh networks now available


Tobin Richardson,
Chairman and CEO,
ZigBee Alliance
San Ramon, CA, U.S.A.  — (METERING.COM) — March 28, 2013 – ZigBee IP, the first open standard for an IPv6-based full wireless mesh networking solution and providing seamless internet connections to control low power, low cost devices, is now publicly available, the ZigBee Alliance has announced.

ZigBee IP specification enriches the IEEE 802.15.4 standard by adding network and security layers and an application framework. ZigBee IP offers a scalable architecture with end-to-end IPv6 networking, laying the foundation for an Internet of Things without the need for intermediate gateways. It offers cost effective and energy efficient wireless mesh network 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 provides another option for product manufacturers to add mesh networking to their products,” said Tobin Richardson, chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. “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 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. Testing services were provided by NTS, TRaC and TÜV Rheinland.