A very early version of the Ember IP Stack is already being used by a limited group of clients and the company plans to methodically expand the availability to a larger base of its customers in the coming months as features get added and the stack undergoes higher levels of testing. Ember is planning a beta release of the stack in Q3 2011 followed by general availability by the end of the year. The Ember IP stack is targeted at smart grid applications, especially smart meters and home area network (HAN) devices.
Over the past two years Ember has invested resources to provide a reliable, code efficient, and high performance IP solution running on IEEE 802.15.4 radios that is best suited for the characteristics and profile that is typical of scalable, low-power wireless networks.
Kent Dickson, Chief Technology Officer of Tendril, an Ember customer and an energy platform company, says, “Ember’s revelation of their plans for an IP Stack only makes public the significant progress they have been making in the background. Their experience helping customers deploy tens of millions of ZigBee devices in the field is invaluable in shaping a technology that will be a part of the long life span of smart grid systems.”
Ember provides standards-based, low-power wireless mesh networking technologies and has also co-authored an IETF routing protocol and has made contributions to a number of IETF working groups such as 6LowPan, ROLL and CORE.
Ember CEO Bob LeFort, reports, “We have been working hard within the standards bodies we are associated with to forge low-powered IP standards that constitute a reliable, scalable and secure platform to help consumers and utilities reduce energy consumption and their carbon footprint well into the future. Our existing and new customers need to start making important product design decisions for their next-generation devices and now is the right time to give them and the industry better visibility of our schedule and the path towards a standards-based IP solution.”
Ember Corporation develops wireless mesh networking technology – chips, software and tools – for Smart Energy, connected homes, and many other monitoring and control applications. For more information, visit www.ember.com