LoRa Alliance® Launches IPv6 Over LoRaWAN®
By extending the breadth of device-to-application solutions using IPv6, LoRaWAN's addressable IoT market also expands to include Internet-based standards required for smart meters and new applications for smart buildings, industry, logistics, and homes.
The new IPv6 adaptation layer facilitates and accelerates the development of secure and interoperable applications based on LoRaWAN and builds on the alliance's commitment to ease of use. IP-based solutions, common in enterprise and industrial solutions alike, can now be transported over LoRaWAN and easily integrated with cloud infrastructure. This enables developers to quickly enable Internet-based applications while significantly reducing time to market and total cost of ownership.
“As digitization continues across market segments, integrating multiple technologies for an end-to-end solution is critical,” said Donna Moore, CEO and President of the LoRa Alliance. “At the same time, businesses need to be able to Provides a more interoperable and standards-compliant solution. Now LoRaWAN is easy to integrate with any IP application, and the end user can have both. IPv6 is the core technology underpinning the Internet of Things, so enabling IPv6 through LoRaWAN opens up a large number of new markets and a larger addressable application space for LoRaWAN. Developers and end users with IPv6 devices recognize the benefits of digital transformation and IoT, and have created solutions that improve lives and the environment, and drive new revenue streams. "
"By supporting IPv6, they now have an easy way to use LoRaWAN and benefit from the technology's proven benefits. With this development, LoRaWAN is once again positioning itself as the market leader at the forefront of IoT."
The successful development of IPv6 Over LoRaWAN is attributed to the active cooperation of LoRa Alliance members in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) specifying Static Context Header Compression (SCHC) and fragmentation techniques, which make IP packet transmission over LoRaWAN very efficient. The LoRaWAN Alliance IPv6 on the LoRaWAN Task Force then took the SCHC specification (RFC 90111) and integrated it into the body of the LoRaWAN standard. Acklio, a LoRa Alliance member company, has made significant contributions to the realization of IPv6 over LoRaWAN and was integral to the development of LoRaWAN's SCHC technology.
"Acklio is a pioneer in SCHC technology and is proud to contribute to this new milestone, making LoRaWAN natively compatible with Internet technologies," said Alexander Pelov, CEO of Acklio. "The LoRa Alliance ecosystem has mobilized to record time specification and adoption of this key capability. SCHC solutions compliant with this new specification are now available for purchase from partners in the IoT value chain to deploy IPv6 over LoRaWAN solutions globally.”
The first application of SCHC for IPv6 over LoRaWAN is DLMS/COSEM for smart metering. It was developed as part of a liaison between the LoRa Alliance and the DLMS User Association to address utility requirements for the use of IP-based standards. There are many other applications for IPv6 over LoRaWAN, such as monitoring Internet network devices, reading RFID tags, and IP-based smart home applications.