The LoRa Alliance said the development broadens the standard’s internet of things market with smart metering the first application to leverage it.
The LoRa Alliance, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWaN standard for the internet of things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), has announced that the standard now seamlessly supports Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) from end-to-end
The alliance said this will expand the breadth of device-to-application solutions with IPv6 and LoRaWaN’s IoT market is also broadened to include internet-based standards required in smart electricity metering and new applications in smart buildings, industries, logistics, and homes.
The first application to leverage SCHC for IPv6 over LoRaWAN is DLMS/COSEM for smart meters. It was developed as part of the liaison between LoRa Alliance and DLMS User Association to address electric utilities requirement for the use of IP-based standards.
There are many additional applications for IPv6 over LoRaWAN, such as monitoring internet networking equipment, reading RFID labels, and IP-based smart home applications, among others.
The new IPv6 adaptation layer facilitates and accelerates development of secure and interoperable applications over LoRaWAN and builds on the alliance’s commitment to ease of use.
“Developers and end users with IPv6 devices recognise the benefits of digital transformation and IoT, and already create solutions that can improve lives and the environment, as well as drive new revenue streams
IP-based solutions, commonly found in enterprise and industrial solutions, among many others, can now be transmitted over LoRaWAN, and easily integrated with cloud infrastructures. This allows developers to quickly enable internet-based applications, while significantly reducing time-to-market and total cost of ownership.
“As digitisation across market sectors continues, integrating multiple technologies to achieve end-to-end solutions is critical,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance.
“At the same time, companies are requiring solutions that provide increased interoperability and adhere to standards. Now that LoRaWan readily integrates with any IP application, end users have both. IPv6 is a core technology underpinning IoT, so enabling IPv6 over LoRaWan opens a huge number of new markets and a much larger addressable application space to LoRaWan.
“Developers and end users with IPv6 devices recognise the benefits of digital transformation and IoT, and already create solutions that can improve lives and the environment, as well as drive new revenue streams. By supporting IPv6, they now have a simple path to use LoRaWan and benefit from the technology’s proven advantages.”
“As digitisation across market sectors continues, integrating multiple technologies to achieve end-to-end solutions is critical”
The successful development of IPv6 Over LoRaWan is credited to the active collaboration of LoRa Alliance members in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to specify the Static Context Header Compression (SCHC) and fragmentation techniques, which makes transport of the IP packets over LoRaWan very efficient.
The LoRa Alliance is an open, non-profit association that has become one of the largest and fastest-growing alliances in the technology sector since its inception in 2015. Its members closely collaborate and share expertise to develop and promote the LoRaWan standard, which is the de facto global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWan connectivity.