IPv6: Enabling the Internet of Things and Smart Grids

June 7, 2012 - 0 Comments

The Internet of Things is a fast growing market where IPv6 will play a central role. Cisco has recently delivered a new series of products with very innovate technologies for the energy market with a number of new technologies, all IPv6 based!

Indeed, the new routing protocol for the Internet of Things, RPL, which has been adopted as an international standard by the IETF (RFC 6550) and CoAP, the lightweight resources management protocol specified by the IETF are both IPv6 protocols. With the increasing number of devices connected to IP networks, IPv6 is undoubtedly the protocol of choice for the Internet of things.

A key example of where this comes to play is in Smart Grids.

As electric utilities across the world are modernizing their energy infrastructure -the Field Area Network of utility operations, which handles the electric distribution down to the meter and the meter reading back, is a key area of focus. A white paper, authored by experts from across the utility industry, outlines how an IPv6-based architecture provides the last-mile Smart Grid infrastructure to support advanced applications including meter readout, demand-response, telemetry, grid monitoring, and automation.

You can read more about this here: A Standardized and Flexible IPv6 Architecture for Field Area Networks

Also, take a look at this short video from our partner Itron’s CEO LeRoy Nosbaum, speaking about IPv6 and how it will enable a highly secure and interoperable Smart Grid.

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