1248 launches ARM-based enterprise access point for Internet of Things

HyperWeave provides a common protocol for full IP-to-the-edge connectivity from low power Internet of Things (IoT) devices to corporate and cloud networks

1248 launches ARM-based enterprise access point for Internet of Things

UK firm 1248 has announced the first ARM-powered, standards-based, 6LoWPAN wireless access point designed to IoT-enable enterprise networks. HyperWeave provides full IP-to-the-edge connectivity from low power Internet of Things (IoT) devices to corporate and cloud networks.

1248, which designs and supplies scalable, deployable enterprise IoT infrastructure, developed HyperWeave in partnership with ARM. HyperWeave will be launched at this week’s ARM TechCon 2014 in Santa Clara, USA. Targeted at enterprise users, HyperWeave is as easy to deploy as a standard Wi-Fi router to IoT-enable existing IT networks.

“Until now, IoT edge devices have connected to the Internet using a wide range of incompatible protocols such as EnOcean, Wireless HART/KNX/M-Bus and ZigBee, creating  a lack of service, gateway and device interoperability, as well as making it difficult to  manage IoT deployments over their lifetime,” said 1248 CEO Pilgrim Beart (pictured above).

“Now, for the first time, a set of open standards make it practical to support Internet Protocol (IP) right to the edge of connected device networks. This includes wireless IoT environments where large numbers of edge-devices are powered by batteries or harvested energy.”
 
True IP brings huge benefits to the IoT-enabled enterprise. Standard infrastructure can be installed once and used to support a wide range of applications, protocols and use-cases.

Existing IP networks and tools can be used to provide monitoring, firewalling and access control, while also providing a generic base for all applications today and in the future. Whether edge devices use CoAP, MQTT, HTTP or another application level protocol, HyperWeave provides an open and stable infrastructure to build on.
 
“Support of IP-to-the-edge will accelerate the arrival of the IoT for applications such as smart city street lighting and parking; Internet of Industrial Things with factory sensors and actuators, the connected home, smart buildings, smart agriculture, smart energy and more,” added 1248’s Beart. “This is a view that appears to be shared with many major ecosystem players such as ARM, Cisco, Google, Nest and Samsung.”  
 
"To achieve interoperability and scale, the IoT must be built on open standards and supported by products that can be deployed easily,” said Krisztian Flautner, general manager, IoT business, ARM. “We have worked closely with 1248 in the development of HyperWeave, which is a great example of a new breed of ARM-based technology from an innovative company helping to make the IoT a reality."
 
HyperWeave utilises ARM software IP and also supports the ambitions of the Thread Group, the not-for-profit industry organisation responsible for promoting the Thread IP-based wireless networking protocol for connecting home products. HyperWeave will be previewed at today’s Thread Group meeting ahead of ARM TechCon.
 
Technical Details
HyperWeave is a single, common gateway for multiple 6LoWPAN IoT edge device types, supporting a combination of emerging and mature networking standards:
 
•    6LoWPAN (IPv6 over low power wireless personal area networks) over 802.15.4 at 2.4GHz
•    CoAP (constrained application protocol)
•    IPv6 and IPv4
•    DNS64 and NAT64
•    LDAP lLightweight directory access protocol)
•    PoE (IEEE 802.3at)
•    VLAN support (IEEE 802.1Q)

HyperWeave is designed for corporate environments and has the remote management, access control and security features expected of an enterprise class device.
 
Radio Interface
6LoWPAN over 802.15.4 at 2.4GHz with mesh networking.
 
Ethernet Interface
IPv4 and IPv6: the use of DNS64 and NAT64 allow it to be deployed in today’s IPv4 networks, whilst supporting IPv6 to the edge devices. External IPv6 connections are also supported. Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3at) is supported to enable easy, one-cable deployment.
 
Remote Management
HyperWeave access points can be managed remotely via a web interface, web API or SSH command line interface. For scripting and automation, all parameters can also be set from a standard Linux shell and access to all configuration interfaces is controllable by LDAP authentication.
 
Security
HyperWeave supports 802.15.4 link-layer security keys. These are configurable through the web and command line interfaces. MAC address whitelisting and blacklisting can be used to accept or deny access to known end devices.
 
Logging
A rich logging set enables easy diagnosis of a variety of connection issues including access failure, host lookup failures and packet drops. Logging can be configured to store them locally on the access point or streamed to a server.
 

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