The JenNet-IP-EK040 evaluation kit provides the components needed to create applications for IPv6-based networks for lighting and home automation, based on NXP’s JN514x series of ultra-low-power single-chip wireless microcontrollers. In addition, NXP is launching a certification program for JenNet-IP. The certification program will make provision for testing end products to ensure performance and interoperability between all devices bearing the JenNet-IP name and logo.
With JenNet-IP, up to 500 devices in the home can each have their own unique IPv6 address, turning the home into an extension of the Internet at a very low cost. Lights and other home appliances can be easily connected, monitored and controlled over the Internet. For example, GreenWave Reality’s Connected Lighting solution using JenNet-IP allows for the intelligent management and control of lighting without touching any wiring or switches in the home. GreenWave Reality enables consumers to dim and turn lights on or off with their hand-held remote or through the use of smart controls, such as “Night”, to turn off all the lights from your smart phone. Internet-enabled smart lighting alone could reduce power consumption by 30 percent, by dimming and turning off lights when they aren’t required.
“Over the last year, JenNet-IP has emerged as an important standard for wireless home automation systems. With the introduction of this evaluation kit, we’ll be able to reach a broad community of developers and make it easier to incorporate JenNet-IP into wireless network designs, particularly in smart lighting and smart home applications. The JenNet-IP certification program also assures vendors and consumers of seamless interoperability between JenNet-IP-enabled devices – a critical factor as we work together to build a true Internet of Things,” commented Sean McGrath, general manager, smart home and energy product line, NXP Semiconductors.
The JenNet-IP evaluation kit includes 4 wireless sensor nodes; 4 plug-in “shields”; 2 high-power modules; 2 high-power USB dongles; a router; a remote control; and a software development kit. Based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, JenNet-IP software comprises the self-healing JenNet tree networking stack; the IETF 6LoWPAN IP layer; and JIP, a powerful and flexible application layer enabling interoperability between devices.
A “first look” at the latest evaluation kit is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFTjVcr1CDI