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Internet of Things Starter Kit Connects Devices Over IPv6October 30, 2013

After releasing our new Waspmote MoteRunner Kits in collaboration with IBM, introducing 6LoWPAN protocol in our technology, we have seen how the press is interested in this new technology that allows to use IPv6 with physical devices.

Here you can find an extract from TechTheFuture.com

IBM teamed up with M2M hardware provider Libelium to create a development platform for wireless sensor networks. The open source kit uses the 6LoWPAN protocol to connect every single node directly to the Internet over IPv6.

The Internet of Things -a vision of trillions of devices and sensors connected to the Internet collecting and processing data about the world around us- has been a promise on the horizon for quite some time now. But there are still many obstacles to overcome before we can enjoy (or detest) a planet-wide roll-out. Amongst them are standardization and platform integration.

With the Waspmote Mote Runner Developer Kit presented last Monday, IBM and Libelium hope to contribute to resolving these problems. Integrating Libelium’s Waspmote wireless sensor platform with IBM’s Mote Runner software, the kit provides developers with an open source toolbox to test IPv6 enabled sensor networks and build applications on top.

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IBM’s Mote Runner is a run-time platform and development environment for wireless sensor networks. Developers can build applications for the sensor network in Java and C#. It includes source code of the 6LoWPAN libraries for modification and improvement.

The 6LoWPAN protocol enables devices with limited processing power to use IPv6 over low-power wireless networks, specifically IEEE 802.15.4. It was proposed in 2004 by the Internet Engineering Task Force and specifically designed with the IoT in mind. IBM and Libelium clearly want to promote the open standard. The starter kit only supports 6LoWPAN radio, even though Libelium also independently offers Waspmote with eight radio technologies like WiFi, Bluetooth and Zigbee.

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You can see the complete article here.

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