December 20, 2012 09:00 ET

Nivis Participates in Successful IPSO Interop

Event Demonstrated Interoperability of MAN/NAN Devices Utilizing 802.15.4g FSK PHY

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) - Nivis, a global leader in Smart Grid and Industrial Wireless networks, participated in another successful Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance interop held in conjunction with the 85th IETF meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Building upon previous events, the latest interop focused on Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) and Neighborhood Area Network (NAN) devices engaged in AMR (electric metering), Lighting and Load Control. The event focused on two interoperability frameworks, the communication framework and the application framework.

The communication framework focused on interoperability of MAN/NAN devices that use the IEEE-defined 802.15.4g FSK PHY standard that targets Smart Utility Networks. The participants successfully tested interoperability of the Common Signaling Mode, support for which is mandatory for all 802.15.4g devices, and dynamic mode switching, which allows devices to communicate at the higher bit rates that are part of the standard. During the 802.15.4g FSK PHY session of the interop event, the Nivis 802.15.4g implementation was successfully tested for interoperability with Landis + Gyr meters using a completely different hardware platform.

"Diversity of smart grid devices will always prevail in our industry. This test confirms the ability to build an interoperable profile that extends beyond the physical layer, regardless of inherent complexities. Our commitment is to contribute to the definition of a standardized communications framework that satisfies our utility customers' interoperability needs," said Lizardo Hernandez, Group Product Manager at Landis+Gyr.

The application framework testing centered on ensuring interoperability between different COAP implementations. The participants showcased an ecosystem where vendors could monitor and control each other's lights and load control devices. Nivis, NXP, Sensinode and Proto 6 devices successfully exchanged application payloads compliant with the IPSO Application Template.

"Smart Objects deployed in Municipal or Neighborhood Area Networks are of paramount importance to the emergence of the Internet of Things. These networks will offer wide geographic coverage and will transport data for Smart Objects engaged in a variety of other applications. We are fully committed on ensuring that each and every facet of these Smart Objects is standards-based and is cross-vendor interoperable," said Robert Assimiti, Director of Technology and Standards at Nivis.

In October, at the Freescale® Semiconductor Technology Forum in Tokyo, Nivis and Freescale launched a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) Development Kit that features a standards-based communications stack utilizing 802.15.4g, 802.15.4e, 6LoWPAN, CoAP, UDP and RPL. The kit utilizes Freescale's MC12311 Sub-GHz transceiver and Freescale's Kinetis® 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M4 microcontroller with built in crypto acceleration. The kit allows users to build a wireless network quickly 'out of the box,' integrate it with user hardware and then evaluate network performance in a real environment. Network endpoints can be accessed with a full range of IPv6 commands sent directly to the device from any Internet browser.

About Nivis
Founded in 1998, Nivis is a leader in open standard wireless sensing and control network technologies, including 6LoWPAN, ISA100.11a, and WirelessHART. Nivis technologies are field-proven and at work today inside some of the largest smart metering and industrial wireless OEMs. Nivis serves customers in 27 countries worldwide from its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and its European offices in Belgium and Romania.

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About Landis + Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TSE: 6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.

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About the IPSO Alliance
The IPSO Alliance is the primary advocate of IP for Smart Objects for use in energy, consumer, healthcare, and industrial applications. The Alliance, a non-profit organization whose members include leading technology, communications and energy companies, promotes the use of the Internet Protocol to serve as the foundation for a network of sensor-enabled physical objects to communicate with each other as seamlessly as individuals do over the Internet.

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