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$10,000 Prize Awarded at Sensors Expo Chicago
On June 4-6, the IPSO Alliance sponsored the first IoT Showcase at Sensors Expo 2013. At the showcase, there were product demonstrations from
five IPSO members (Atmel
and Sigma Designs
). Sensinode's demo showed how intelligent lighting control could be deployed by using 6LoWPAN technology over 802.15.4 devices, and embedded Web services using CoAP and eDTLS security for Web-based lighting application development. The demo was powered by Sensinode's NanoServices™, an end-to-end solution that brings embedded Web services to devices such as the Atmel ATmega256RFR2, which is used for controlling the street and building lights. Pictures of the Lego city are available here
. Nivis and Freescale showcased the Metro Area Network Kit, a kit containing two wireless end-nodes that are either line or battery powered, with a wireless edge router connecting to a Freescale Meter reference platform showing the metering data on a 19-inch display. Sigma Designs showed a simple, clean, technical demo of their new Z-Wave IPv6 Router, which will be in all Z-Wave dev kits beginning in June. The demonstration included a Z-Wave Door Lock, a Z-Wave power metering module and Z-Wave Thermostat, which supported both IPv6 and IPv4.
In the center of the booth, the 3 finalists from IPSO CHALLENGE 2013 showed off their entries to an enthusiastic crowd. Word spread about each of the entries, drawing a large crowd into the booth. Mar Alvira, Josh Gordonson and Tyler Brooks, of Redwire Consulting, LLC
, brought their Energy Harvesting Current Transformer that directly connected to the internet and was powered by the primary current of the load it was carrying, making end-use monitoring easy to use and install. Eric Gnoske and Colin O'Flynn, of Colorado Micro Devices
, displayed a model of a door lock and asset tracking device to show off their CMD Asset Management entry, while Antonio Jara and Miguel Castro, of viBrain Solutions
, lit up the booth with their Smart Lighting entry and energetic Spanish dialogue. Honorable Mention winner Arman Bastani from Oval Integration
provided an entertaining, 5-ft display of his Retro-Futurism game. He programmed the display to light up different patterns, including spelling out IPSO, much to the audience's delight. Throughout the two days, the booth was constantly busy with people talking to the contest finalists and IPSO members; at times, the booth was so busy that IPSO could have easily filled a larger area to allow for the traffic!
Sensors Expo also featured its first networking breakfasts, which ran outside of the keynote room on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. These sessions were an informal opportunity for attendees to speak with experts on topics that interested them. Geoff Mulligan (Proto6) Magnus Pedersen (Atmel) and Jonathan Adams (Sigma Designs) all represented IPSO as experts on IoT, IP and M2M.
IPSO members conducted a panel session discussing the current state of IP-based M2M technology, including current and future protocol development. Chairman of the IPSO Alliance, Geoff Mulligan, moderated the panel which featured Joy Weiss, President of Dust Networks, Kaivan Karimi, Director of Global Strategy and Business Development from Freescale, and Magnus Pedersen, Product Marketing Director of Atmel.
IPSO concluded Sensors Expo with the announcement of the IPSO CHALLENGE 2013 winners. The ceremony, coinciding with World IPv6 Day, was held before a packed audience in the Sensors Magazine Live Theater. Atmel generously sponsored a drawing for one of their latest dev kits which was to be awarded during the ceremony. However, when Magnus Pedersen took the stage, he surprised the audience by not only presenting a kit for each of our ten semi-finalists, but also every member of the audience! After a short introduction to IPSO and overview of the contest, each finalist was given the opportunity to summarize his entry. While the audience rooted for their favorite, Nick Ashworth, CHALLENGE Chairman, presented the three prizes. Called first to the stage was viBrain Solutions of Murcia, Spain to receive their third place trophy and $2,500 check. Second place and $5,000 went to Colorado Micro Devices, while Redwire Consulting LLC of Boston took home the Grand Prize of $10,000!
Interviews and photos of all the IPSO CHALLENGE top entries can be found on the IPSO website.
We would like to thank all the judges who participated in IPSO CHALLENGE 2013. Their hard work in reading all of the entries and testing the prototypes was invaluable in making the contest a huge success!
Special thanks to our Head Judges who read every entry in its entirety (more than once!):
Ralph Droms - Cisco
Szymon Fedor - UTRC-I
Matt Gillmore - Itron
Jan H÷ller - Ericsson
Markus Isomaki - Nokia
Niclas Krantz - Ericsson
Mary Miller - Sigma Designs
Magnus Pedersen - Atmel
Patrick Wetterwald - Cisco
Behind the Scenes:
Interviews with the IPSO CHALLENGE Contestants
What advice do you have for future entrants to IPSO CHALLENGE?
Miguel Castro (COO) and Antonio Jara (CTO) (viBrain Solutions)
Our advice is that they need to think about solutions that really enable the Internet of Things, more than closed or vertical solutions focused on one specific market . The IoT is not yet offering many IPv6-ready products, so, in our opinion, proposed solutions should focus on enablers such as were found in our proposal- on the one hand, a Smart Driver to enable IPv6 connectivity in street lights, which also integrates other IPv6-enabled sensor, and on the other hand, a platform compatible with any IPv6 devices with CoAP and using IPSO/OMA Web Objects.Continue Reading...
Mariano Alvira and Josh Gordonson (Redwire Consulting, LLC)
Our advice to future entrants would be to think big, embrace the unknown, and to focus on development. Our submission is a small piece in a big puzzle --- effective load monitoring of buildings. We selected the hardest and most innovative part and pushed hard until we made it real.
Eric Gnoske and Colin O'Flynn (Colorado Micro Devices)
Hopefully some of you reading this will become participants in the next iteration of this contest. When choosing a design for your entry, be sure it truly demonstrates how IP makes the product better. Don't just assume because you happen to use IP at some layer you are embracing IP.
Instead, the objective should be to demonstrate how "because" your product uses IP, it can interface with devices and systems which would otherwise be impossible. This means your customers don't need to use your proprietary interface to control the system. Of course, you can still provide one in case they ask for it, but it is much better to integrate into their existing network and device management infrastructure.
Dr. Constantinos Marios Angelopoulos (University of Patras and Computer Technology Institute & Press "Diophantus")
To cut a long story short, if you have a concrete and novel idea of how to employ the Internet of Things in order to make our world a better place to live in, go for it and take the Challenge!
Arman Bastani (Oval Integration)
Inclusion of a lightweight scripting interpreter will bring unprecedented control for remote controls... short of rolling your own custom firmware. Couple that with the advantages of being an inherently IP based object and we will open up possibilities of control that supersedes anything that is out there at the same price.
|Some Insight from Nick Ashworth, IPSO CHALLENGE Chairman
At the outset of the IPSO Challenge, we did not plan on judging the semi-finalists' prototypes in Finland. But as the contest progressed, and the logistics started to fall in place, it made sense to coordinate judging with our Spring Member Meeting in Helsinki. This provided several interesting and memorable twists to the contest.
First was the mains voltage. Some contestants had designed their products for 115V, whereas Finland is 230V. Thanks to Professor Jose Lastra from Tampere University of Technology we were able to borrow a sizeable step-down transformer and clear this hurdle. Mental note: next time let's make sure we have contestants design for global mains.
Second was the location. The ten semi-finalist teams were from six countries. Five of the teams ended up traveling to Helsinki with their prototypes. One team dropped out at the last minute. Geoff (Mulligan) brought another team's prototype as carry-on luggage. And the remaining three teams shipped their prototypes internationally. Of these three, two got stuck in customs. So with less than 24 hours before judging, Jari Arkko (Ericsson) and I hopped into his Volvo on a mission to retrieve the customs-held prototypes. With Jari's Finnish diplomacy (and boyish good looks) we eventually succeeded. Another mental note: contests require strong local logistical support.
Third was the time zone, or rather, trying to coordinate local and remote support for all prototypes across Europe, Japan and the US in the 5 hour window that we had to evaluate prototypes. For those teams in the US or Japan that lost sleep on our account and our Event Coordinators based in Colorado and Washington, thanks for making yourselves available! Mental note three: the Internet of Things doesn't always work out of the box, even with technically over qualified judges!
In summary, while the contestants all agreed it was one of the best-run contests they had ever entered, we're looking forward to using these lessons to make IPSO CHALLENGE 2014 an even smoother operation!
By Magnus Pedersen, Atmel
During Sensors Expo 2013, Atmel« Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, announced that the company has signed an agreement with Sensinode, a pioneer and world leader in technology and software solutions, to license 6LoWPAN software solutions that will enable the rapid development of smart, connected wireless products that help make up The Internet of Things.
In this agreement, Sensinode will license its 6LoWPAN stack and router solutions, the NanoStackTM 2.0 and NanoRouterTM 3.0, to be used with Atmel's ultra-low-power wireless hardware platforms for developing power-efficient IPv6-based embedded wireless products.
"6LoWPAN is a critical component for building the Internet of Things, providing key efficiencies for embedded IP networks used in sensor and control networks," said Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the IPSO Alliance. "By using 6LoWPAN with IPv6, devices gain Internet interoperability with smaller code and packet sizes than with other proprietary protocols and stacks."
Sensinode's NanoStack 2.0 will be used with Atmel's ATmega256RFR2 wireless MCU, while the NanoRouter 3.0 will support Atmel's SAM4E Cortex-M4 flash-based MCU and AT86RF231 or AT86RF233 ultra low power IEEE 802.15.4 RF transceivers. The firmware for the NanoStack 2.0 and NanoRouter 3.0 firmware is available through the Atmel Gallery embedded app store in Atmel Studio 6.
According to technology market research firm ON World, in 2017, 1 billion wireless sensor network chipsets will be shipped worldwide. "Growing demand for end-to-end IP networks for smart energy, intelligent lighting and other markets in the Internet of Things will make 6LoWPAN one of the fastest growing wireless sensor network technologies over the next five years," said Mareca Hatler, Research Director for ON World.
"The Internet of Things is a rapidly growing market and we are excited to team with a leading microcontroller company like Atmel to enable more designers to build smart, connected devices," said Adam Gould, CEO for Sensinode Ltd. "With Atmel's state-of-the-art chipsets running Sensinode NanoStack and NanoRouter software, especially combined with Sensinode's NanoServiceTM application and management platform, our customers can get to market very quickly with advanced, robust solutions. We look forward to an ongoing collaboration with Atmel."
"Teaming with Sensinode is another key step Atmel has taken to ensure designers can quickly bring their smart, connected devices faster to market," said Magnus Pedersen, Director of Wireless Solutions, Atmel Corporation. "With this license agreement, designers now have all the necessary hardware and software elements at their fingertips to build products that require connectivity for The Internet of Things. We are excited to team with Sensinode."
|The IPSO Alliance would like to offer congratulations to three of our forward thinking leaders in their newest prestigious positions: Former Technical Advisory Board Chairman Jari Arkko (Ericsson) has been named as the new chairman of the IETF. Geoff Mulligan, Chairman of the IPSO Board of Directors, has been appointed as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow on the Cyber-Physical Systems Committee at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Another member of the IPSO BoD, Thomas Herbst (Silver Spring Networks), has recently been named to the Board of Directors of SGIP (Smart Grid Interoperability Panel).
By Matt Gillmore, Itron
As the newly appointed chair of the Technical Advisory Board, I am excited about finding new ways to promote Internet Protocol for Smart Objects. The Smart Objects industry has shifted from "Why use IP?" to "How to use IP" to "Why not use IP?". With the Zigbee IP specification publicly available and valuable standards within the IETF (e.g. CoAP, RPL, etc), the TAB is looking at promoting ways Smart Object engineers can innovate without permission. Permissionless innovation allows for the incorporation of existing standards and creation of new products. For example, Facebook was able to create an online social media application without needing a single change with a web browser to be successful. We believe the Web of Things (WoT) concepts and the continuing expansion of IPv6 in the internet will grow the number of connected devices from billions of devices to 100's of billions of devices.
The IPSO TAB plans to support these concepts by 1) creating white papers on topics including: Permissionless innovation, Web of Things, etc, 2) maintaining the technical information on the IPSO website (e.g. Getting Started with Smart Objects, highlighting commercially available smart objects, etc) and 3) seeking input from Commercial Smart Object Developers and Open Source Software Maintainers about what barriers still exist to realizing the IoT.
Spring Member Meeting Review
The 2013 Spring member meeting was held in Helsinki during May. There were 30 people in attendance from 22 different member companies. We took a departure from previous meetings and spent much of the two days providing tutorials on a number of different topics. Jari Arkko, Ericsson
, provided an update on work happening in the IETF related to IP Smart Objects. Ralph Droms, Cisco
, spoke on Zigbee IP, followed by a presentation on SEP 2
.0 by Matt Gillmore, Itron
, and a presentation by Zach Shelby, Sensinode
, on COAP and OMA. We finished Day 1 with a lively discussion led by Geoff Mulligan, Proto6
, covering the positive impact that IPSO is having on numerous industries, especially the US Smart Grid.
The second day of the meeting focused on the next steps for IPSO. Members in attendance proposed organizing a committee to continue the IPSO Guidelines work and extend it to encompass the broader concept of Web Objects applicable to Embedded Internet Applications. The group felt that the first areas of interest should be smart lighting and smart cities. The afternoon brought a presentation by Matt Gillmore about future plans for the TAB, including updates to the technology section of the IPSO Website and supporting open source embedded IP stack development. The future of Marcom was also discussed, as Marcom is now seeking a new co-chair to assist Mary Miller, Sigma Designs
, after the departure of the JKJ Marketing Team and co-chair Mike Coop, GreenWave Reality
, at the end of June. The Marcom committee will continue to seek new speaking opportunities and will begin work on new webinars. The fall member meeting is currently being planned for the week of November 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV, USA. An interoperability event is planned to coincide with the meeting.
|By Geoff Mulligan, Proto6
The North American IPv6 Summit in Denver was an extremely positive experience for IPSO. There were approximately 300 in attendance and while it would be easy to assume that we are "preaching to the choir", I was amazed by how many people still think that IP, and IPv6 in particular, is only used in PCs and cell phones and that it is not practical for embedded sensors and control networks. IPSO had a demonstration table where we showed examples of various small devices capable of running IPv6, included the "famed" IPv6 light bulb provided by member GreenWave Reality. Additionally, I gave a presentation on the current state of IoT protocols and the goals of the IPSO Alliance, which was well attended. However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to spread the word and educate the public on the benefits of IP and the IPSO mission. We rely on our members to continuing spreading this message.
On May 6-10, Robert Assimitti, Nivis, spoke on behalf of the IPSO Alliance about the emerging Internet of Things and various standards based technologies that are used to build its foundations. Robert also touched on various architectural design principles that will allow those who are building Smart Object based networks to deploy interoperable, robust and cost-effective networks that will be an integral part of the emerging Internet of Things. With 40 people in attendance, the conference was a valuable event for IPSO to participate in. We appreciate Robert's involvement as he was able to provide insight into IoT centric technologies, which he found that most large networking companies know surprisingly little about. The presentation is posted on the IPSO Alliance WIkI repository at: http://wiki.ipso-alliance.org/PromotionalMaterial
We appreciate all our members for the efforts to spread the word about IPSO and IP-enabled technology and want to remind members that slide decks, flyers and support materials for your presentations are available on the IPSO Wiki.
IPSO, jointly with TEKES, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, arranged a very well attended workshop on the Internet of Things in conjunction with the May 2013 member meeting in Helsinki. Presentations were given by both IPSO officials and companies with activities in Finland. IPSO Chairman Geoff Mulligan made an introduction of IPSO Alliance, while Zach Shelby and Jan H÷ller from the IPSO board shared insights into the IoT standards landscape and the IoT and M2M market. Further talks were given on experiences from IP-mesh, use of IoT in the mining industry and the use of cellular access for the Internet of Things. The presentations are all available at http://www.hermia.fi/ubicom-sulautettu-tietotekniikka/smart-objects-in-the-internet-of/.
The IPSO Alliance would like to extend a big thank you to Pete St. Pierre (Oracle) for his service on the Board of Directors since its inception, in the roles of Secretary and President of the IPSO Alliance. We would also like to extend our appreciation to our returning BoD members Nick Ashworth, Jan Holler and Geoff Mulligan for their service over the next 2 years.
The Alliance would also express its thanks to Mike Coop, (Greenwave Reality), and Mike Dow, (Freescale), for their service as chairmen of the Marcom and Smart Energy committees, respectively. Their hard work on the committees has been greatly appreciated. The Alliance is seeking new co- chairs to assist in directing the future activites of these committees. If you are interested, please contact the Board of Directors.
Additionally, our thanks to: Gert Van Kempen, (Smart Dutch)
, for representing IPSO at the Internet of Things, Big Data and the Internet of People Event in Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Fabien Castanier, (STMicroelectronics
), for speaking at the M2M Industry Summit in Milan, Italy; Michael Westberg, (Connode
), for hosting the IPSO booth at the International Istanbul Smart Grid Congress in Istanbul, Turkey; Robert Assimitti, (Nivis)
, for speaking at INTEROP Las Vegas in Nevada, USA; David Ewing, (Synapse Wireless)
, for presenting at Design West in San Jose, CA; Geoff Mulligan, (Proto6
), for attending the North American IPv6 Summit in Denver, CO; and Zach Shelby (Sensinode
), Jan H÷
), Michael Westberg (Connode
), Geoff Mulligan (Proto6
), and Jerker Delsing (Lulea University of Technology
), for speaking at Smart Objects in the Internet of Things and M2M Workshop in Helsinki, Finland.
Facing bright outlook
The smart home market is a young and exciting industry geared towards a promising future. Governments and industry leaders have played an influential role in this development and have gone beyond simply providing the consumer with an energy saving rationale and are now more loudly promoting its value. Having grown at a rate of 16.5% between 2009 and 2014, this multi-billion dollar market is continually expanding. By 2025, the smart home market in Germany, for instance, is expected to grow by 19 billion euros.
The key drivers of the market have been legislation, the economy and now added to that is social consciousness i.e. healthcare. Rising energy costs and the changing demographics have had a hand in stimulating the sector. In 2012, it was estimated that by now over 20 million worldwide homes will be equipped with smart home systems, and by 2014 the global smart homes market is estimated to be valued at $13.4 billion.
The technical foundations have been laid and now additional layers are being added on to the energy infrastructure to accommodate and support the actors in the Smart Home space. This new wave of dynamism can be accredited to the enterprise of various government schemes that have had a catalysing effect on HEM. The EU for instance has set its target of reducing energy demand by 20 per cent by 2020 and to that end they adopted a directive on the energy performance of buildings in 2010, which stated that all new buildings need to be 'nearly zero energy' by 2021.The Department of Energy and Climate Change in the UK also serves as an example. They set out 32 actions the government will take to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. This is inclusive of the Green Deal scheme which will allow households to access funds to improve the energy efficiency of homes and pay back the costs over time through savings made.
To find out more, join us at European Utility Week (www.european-utility-week.com) on 15-17 October in Amsterdam. As a member of IPSO Alliance, register here for your discounted conference pass, or for free entrance to the exhibition.
|IPSO Members, we need your hi-res logos! We are attempting to update the wiki with accurate logos of all our members. Please upload a copy of your logo in a .eps and .jpg form to the wiki! We need these logos for printing posters for conferences.