Wireless protocol supports end-to-end IPv6
LoRaWAN now seamlessly supports Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) from end-to-end, which will increase its applicability for smart buildings, manufacturing and more.
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), announced LoRaWAN nowsupports Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) from end-to-end. By expanding the breadth of device-to-application solutions with IPv6, LoRaWAN’s addressable IoT market is also broadened to include internet-based standards required in smart electricity metering and new applications in smart buildings, manufacturing and more.
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. IP-based solutions, found in enterprise and industrial solutions, among many others, can now be transmitted over LoRaWAN, and integrated with cloud infrastructures. This allows developers to enable internet-based applications, while reducing time-to-market and total cost of ownership.
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 IPv6 over LoRaWAN Task Force then took the SCHC specification (RFC 90111) and integrated it into the body of the LoRaWAN standard. LoRa Alliance member company, Acklio, made significant contributions to enable IPv6 over LoRaWAN and was integral to the development of the SCHC technology for LoRaWAN.
– Edited from a LoRA Alliance press release by CFE Media and Technology.