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The IETF standardization process to address IoT ecosystem needs

By defining the open standards that guarantee the interoperability and evolution of networks, the IETF is the standard organization behind the success of Internet. Alexander Pelov, CEO of Acklio, is co-chairing the IETF working group enabling IP connectivity over LPWAN. The goal of this working group is to precisely define the general architecture of the IP protocol compression regarding any LPWAN technologies. Gathering 4000 community members, the IETF is the best and only place to develop and promote a global and interoperable standard.

3 times a year, the IETF community gathers around the world. While most IETF work takes place online, including on email lists, inter-meetings and other events such as hackathons, IETF meeting provide in-person opportunities to move forward. The IETF 102 meeting took place 14-20 July 2018 in Montreal.

IETF Hackathon is more about collaboration than competition.

This IETF102 edition started with a 2 days hackathon.  More than 200 participants gathered in Montreal to make the Internet work better thanks to 25 opensource projects. It was a great opportunity for collaboration, to learn and share by doing. Important fact, this hackathon is not a competition. It’s more about collaboration across standards efforts where open source communities emerged.

Open source running code produced approves the standards. And participants reveal points that may be ambiguous in standards draft. The challenge here is to learn, test and promote adoption of new standards by developing practical implementation of IETF standards.

Best #IETFHackathon ever. LoRaWAN on US frequencies, working on SCHC reference implementation and live football. @IMTAtlantique @acklio — Laurent Toutain (@ltn22) 14 juillet 2018

Here is a sample of projects related to IoT.  All project presentations and achievements are available on this Github.

  • Software Updates for Internet of Things (SUIT)
  • Authentication and Authorization for Constrained Environments (ACE)
  • IPv6 over Low Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN)
  • Work on IoT Semantic / Hypermedia Interoperability (WISHI)

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It was a fun and inspiring time. Thanks to all people from various organizations and open source communities for sharing ideas and feedbacks. Feel free to come aboard! Participation is free and open to everyone. The next IETF Hackathon will take place at IETF 103 in Bangkok, 03-04 November 2018. Also, you can subscribe to to receive the latest event news and announcements.

IETF IoT Stack provides foundation for the Internet’s growth and evolution.

What about the next five days? Well, it was an intense and really stimulating week! More than 1,000 people on site coming from 56 countries. All gathered to “make the Internet work better“. Thursday, July 19th was a special day thanks to several IETF working groups that are developing protocols directly relevant to the Internet Of Things. Read more about it: Rough Guide to IETF 102: Internet of Things.

While the IoT-oriented IETF working groups have already produced the first wave of mature standards for IoT (6LoWPAN for compression, ROLL about routing…), new groups have emerged. Some of them such as The Constrained RESTful Environments (CoRE) groups, Thing-to-Thing Research Group (T2TRG) or the LPWAN Working Group are working on the management and operation of constrained-node networks, security and lifecycle management and semantic interoperability.

IETF meeting provides in-person opportunities to discuss and advance work on standardization process. The IETF IoT stack, including IPv6/UDP/CoAP/DTLS  is mature and suitable for IoT deployment. The real potential of the Internet of Things cannot be reached by just connecting thing. It is a cross-domain solutions, that will have major impact and will establish a system of systems. The IETF has the skillset and capability to provide a protocol that can address all needs of the IoT ecosystem.

If you want to see more about what happened at this IETF, visit the IETF 102 plenary session page.

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