Wireless Applications

Dust Networks Joins Internet Protocol for Smart Objects Alliance

July 17, 2008

The organization has established technical requirements for routing in low-power and lossy networks. The technical framework lays the foundation for next-generation IP-based wireless sensor networks.


HAYWARD, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- The wireless sensor networking industry reaches an important milestone as Dust Networks, a leading supplier of wireless sensor networking products, joins the Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance as a founding member. The IPSO Alliance, affiliated with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), is focused on the use of Internet Protocol (IP) networking in urban infrastructure, building automation, utility metering, and other wireless sensor networking applications.

Founder and CTO of Dust Networks, Kris Pister, also co-authored a set of formal requirements for routing in low-power and lossy networks approved by the IETF. The technical framework lays the foundation for next-generation IP-based wireless sensor networks, ensuring end users long battery life and high reliability when connecting wireless sensors in the physical world to the Internet.

Sensing the Future of Smart Cities
With proven success in the harsh industrial environment of dense steel and glass, formerly the bane of wireless, Dust Networks continues to maintain first mover advantage in urban infrastructure and building automation. According to the company, IP-based standards will play an important role in these environments by unifying the protocols used in disparate systems, eliminating the need for complex gateways and ensuring the scalability required. Dust Networks' deep expertise with highly reliable, ultra-low-power mesh networking architectures uniquely positions the company to lead the development of IP-based wireless sensor networks.

"Urban environments share many of the same features as the industrial locations we have experience with—tons of concrete, steel, and glass. The potential for IP-based wireless sensor technology in areas such as the development of efficient urban infrastructure and energy-conservation applications in building automation are very compelling," says Pister.

About Dust
Dust Networks, a leader in standards-based intelligent wireless sensor networking, provides ultra-low-power, highly reliable embedded systems to industrial automation vendors in a range of markets. Dust Networks enables OEMs to offer monitoring and control solutions that provide unprecedented access to information from the physical world, resulting in improved operations, safer work environments, and increased competitive advantage. Dust Networks partners with industry and standards groups such as the IETF, the HART Foundation, and ISA to ensure the broad adoption of interoperable wireless sensor networking products.


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