Libelium and IBM Partner to Bring 6LoWPAN Applications to IoT Developers

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4Q 2013 | IN-1017398


The Benefits of IPv6 and Low-power Consumption


It sure is not the prettiest of them, but 6LoWPAN is bound to become one of the most important acronyms in the Internet of Things (IoT). It stands for “IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks” and the technology it refers to is meant to enable wirelessly connected sensors to send data to the web by using Internet Protocol (IP). In short, without IPv6, there would not be enough IP addresses to go around for the IoT and, without the low-power capability, the sensors with their tiny batteries and processors could not take advantage of the new addressing scheme. The ability to connect the sensors directly to the web is, in turn, a significant piece of the IoT puzzle for two main reasons. First, the web can streamline the implementation of cloud-powered IoT use cases by minimizing the need for routing sensor traffic via smartphones and other gateway devices. And se...

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