Standards & Protocols

DASH7 Alliance Announces Open Source Specification

March 22, 2012

Pioneering wireless sensor networking standard now available to non-members.

SAN RAMON, CA, -- The DASH7 Alliance, a nonprofit industry consortium that promotes the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking, announced the availability of the DASH7 Mode 2 specification under a free and open source license.

Previously available exclusively to DASH7 members, the DASH7 Mode 2 specification was formally adopted by the DASH7 Alliance in April 2011 and includes major improvements over the original ISO/IEC 18000-7 "Mode 1" specification including better indoor location and multi-hop capabilities, better sensor and security support, as well as an integrated query protocol. Mode 2 also increases the maximum throughput of DASH7 from 28kbps to 200kbps.

"DASH7 is the most open wireless sensor networking standard available in the world today," said Patrick Burns, President of the DASH7 Alliance. "Converting the Mode 2 specification to a free and open source license underscores our commitment to openness and interoperability."

Under the terms of the open source license, interested parties may request a free copy of the DASH7 Mode 2 specification by clicking here, reviewing the terms of the open source license, and completing a short form. DASH7 Alliance membership is not required to gain access to this specification. Future updates to the specification, as adopted by the DASH7 Alliance, will also be made available on an open source basis.

About DASH7 Technology
Products with DASH7 wireless sensor networking capability simplify the way we connect wirelessly with the people, places and things around us. Operating in the license-free 433 MHz spectrum, DASH7 offers multi-kilometer range, multi-year battery life, sensor and security support, as well as tag-to-tag communications. DASH7 is the brand given to the ISO 18000-7 standard for active RFID similar to the use of the WiFi brand for IEEE 802.11 communications.

About the DASH7 Alliance
Formed in 2009, the DASH7 Alliance is a non-profit industry consortium with more than 50 participants that promotes the use of the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking. Participating organizations include ADC Technologies, Agaidi Oy, Artesis College of Antwerp, Blackbird Technology, Budapest University of Technology & Economics, Cambridge University, Confidex, DH Technology, Elektrobit Wireless Communications, Glotrek, Hadatap, Identec Solutions, Infinite Power Solutions, Lightworks Technologies, LSI ADL Technology, KIC Systems, KONE, Lyngsoe Systems, Media Device Lab, Melexis, Mocana, MET Laboratories, Michelin, MicroStrain, North Dakota State University, Omni-ID, OnAsset Intelligence, Orion Systems, Perytons, Pusan National University, Ramtron, Semtech, Security Innovation, SkyBitz, Socada Innovation, Texas Instruments, UDEA, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, University of Bremen, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, University of Wisconsin, Veninore Technologies, Venture Research, VI Service Network, Wayra Networks, Wizzilab. Membership is open to end users, technology providers and research organizations.

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