IETF standardization Working Group – Enabling IP connectivity over LPWAN

July 11, 2018

Alexander Pelov, CEO of Acklio, is chairing the working group of an international technical committee dedicated to the LPWAN at IETF.

The IETF, Internet Engineering Task Force, supports since 1986 Internet network growth by defining open standards. It’s a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. The IETF standardization process is the one behind the success of the Internet – and the only one that has proven to build a scalable system capable of connecting billions of devices and remaining operational after 30+ years.

An open process to solve a relevant issue

Any interested person can participate in the work, know what is being decided, and make his or her voice heard on the issue. This standardization organization is structured in several areas dealing with Internet Protocols, security, management and applicative protocols. Each area is organized in several working groups.

For the IETF to open a working group dedicated to LPWAN, Alexander Pelov, Laurent Toutain and the LPWAN working group members had to convince the 4000 community members about the relevance of the approach, the interest of industrial, and to validate that:

  • The issue is well identified and the industry wants to resolve it.
  • The issue cannot be resolved by any existing solution.
  • No existing working group is able to solve this issue.
  • A solution can be provided in a reasonable time.
  • No other standardization organization deals with this issue (e.g. 3GPP).

Acklio raises the barriers to a sustainable LPWAN IoT implementation

To unleash the full power of LPWAN technologies and their ecosystems, there is a need to couple them with other ecosystems that will guarantee the inter-working by introducing a network layer, and enable common components for management and security, as well as shared application profiles. The IETF can contribute by providing IPv6 connectivity, and propose technologies to secure the operations and manage the devices and their gateways.

In this context, the goal of the working group impulsed and co-chaired by Alexander Pelov (CEO of Acklio), is to precisely define the general architecture of the IP protocol compression regarding any LPWAN technologies.

The creation of this LPWAN working group creation is a singular event. It was made possible thanks to the research on IoT and telecom on the one hand, the spectacular progress of France in the field of LPWAN technologies on the other hand. Acklio keeps a unique position on the market and is supported by members and contributors from giants like Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft, Google, Orange, Sigfox and Actility (200+ total). Together, they agree that this technology is the only valuable solution for LPWAN networks interoperability.

This is a strong validation of the industrial need and a global proof of the absence of alternatives. Finally, it guarantees that this will be the only globally standardized solution – within the IETF or any international standardization organization.

Do you want to see more about it? Check this LPWAN working group meeting session (from IETF 101, London, march 2018).

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