The Zigbee Alliance announced JupiterMesh – a new Neighbourhood Area Network (NAN) IoT Mesh protocol. The network is intended to be the basis for municipalities and utilities to deploy “smart metering” and “smart city” technologies.
The new protocol is based on open standards and has been designed to meet the global growing demand for better security, more bandwidth, and flexible, robust services for deploying IoT public services. The JupiterMesh provides a foundation to transport new and existing metering communications protocols.
Following IETF and IEEE standards, JupiterMesh includes technologies such as IPv6, frequency hopping, multi-band operation, authentication, encryption, and key management. The integration of these technologies can help to drive interoperable multi-vendor implementations and allow systems to scale while remaining secure and easy to manage.
According to the Zigbee Alliance press release, the JupiterMesh technical profile includes:
IEEE 802.15.4e & IEEE 802.15.4g for Media Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layers (PHY) including CSMA or TSCH modes of operation to ensure optimum performance for different use cases;
IETF network and application protocols such as; IPv6, 6LoWPAN, UDP, TCP, RPL, CoAP, and others with multicast feature to ensure Internet style machine-to-machine behavior over mesh networks;
IETF security protocols such as; PANA, EAP-TLS and HIP-DEX for network access authentication and key distribution, and AES-128-CCM-based message authentication and encryption;
Sub-1 Gigahertz and 2.4 GHz ISM bands as well as multiple modulation techniques (FSK, O-QPSK, OFDM) to ensure global regulatory compliance and acceptance.
For more details see the JupiterMesh FAQ on the Zigbee Alliance webpage.