At Wittra, we want to give our customers a smart, flexible, secure, efficient and future-proof solution to keep track of their things. That’s why we have based the Wittra IoT solution on open standards and low-power wireless networks based on 6LoWPAN. That clunky acronym stands for the latest version of the Internet Protocol (IPv6) and Low-power Wireless Personal Area Networks (LoWPAN). 6LoWPAN is a set of standards defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which creates and maintains all core internet standards and architecture work including HTTP (web), SMTP (email), TCP, UDP and many others. The reason we are using 6LoWPAN is because it is a key technology for wireless embedded devices on internet and revolutionizing networking technology that allows data to be carried efficiently over radio links, letting the smallest devices with limited processing ability transmit information wirelessly using an internet protocol. And it’s not just us, more and more companies are embracing 6LoWPAN as their standard for wireless communication.
Let us have a look at why 6LoWPAN is such a smart choice, why using open standards is so important when it comes to building an IoT environment, and how you as our customer can benefit from all this.
WHY WE ARE USING 6LOWPAN
There are always a lot of trends when it comes to technology. Some come and go, while others become standard. The trick to create sustainable and successful technical solutions is to find out which is which. The reason why 6LoWPAN seems to be a trend turning into a standard is because decades of IP technology and wireless network development is coming together in a smart way here, allowing developers and users to connect more things to the cloud and allowing for a more efficient and affordable way to collect and transmit data at IoT environments, and in the case of our customers - at job sites. It’s important that the Wittra solution can reach anywhere and let you collect sensor and positioning data from your key assets for a more reliable operation and improved support and maintenance. IP-based technologies have existed for decades, are very well known, and have been proven to work and scale. That’s why we are using 6LoWPAN. The benefits of this protocol are stacking up:
To sum it up, with 6LoWPAN it’s possible to connect more things to the cloud through low-power wireless sensors, making it much easier for you to digitize your industry and keep track of your valuable assets.
WHY WITTRA USES OPEN STANDARDS
In order to make our solutions future-proof we always keep our eyes on the horizon to keep track of new trends and developments. What we are seeing is that equipment and environments like trucks, storage facilities, factories etc. are likely to use standardized networks that can support different types of sensors. We believe these networks will be based on open standards that make them useful not only for the sensors, but also for after-market and 3rd party devices that require network access.
The reasons why we believe open standards are the way to the future are:
In the end, using open standards is all about making our solution as future proof as possible for our customers. With the combination of 6LoWPAN and open standards we can give you a solution that works out-of-the-box, and that you never have to think about once it is up and running.
THE FUTURE OF 6LOWPAN
As we said in the beginning, more and more companies are using open standards and 6LoWPAN for their applications and solutions. And we believe its use is only going to grow and expand. With 6LoWPAN, devices all utilize the same Internet Protocol (IP) standard, allowing them to talk with each other with no interference issues, no matter if it is at home or on the factory floor. An interoperability that allows different sensors and end devices to be added, removed, or moved to a different location, making the network extremely flexible and scalable. The 6LoWPAN protocol excels in many areas, but especially when there’s a requirement to integrate more devices in the future. As we see it, the communication part of our solution will most likely be supported by already deployed data networks. Wittra’s belief is that these standards will be based on the internet IPv6 protocol that 6LoWPAN is based on. Our mission has always been to deliver tomorrow’s solutions today, allowing you to work smarter, that’s why we are using 6LoWPAN.