JupiterMesh Neighborhood Area Network Announced

June 08, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

Announced today at the ZigBee Alliance members' meeting, JupiterMesh neighborhood area network (NAN) is the robust, low-power industrial IoT wireless mesh network with flexible data rates that enables neighborhood and field area communications for utilities and municipalities deploying intelligent grid and smart city solutions. JupiterMesh has been created within the proven stakeholder consensus standards development process of the ZigBee Alliance.

JupiterMesh provides a complete solution package, including: Technical profile specification, detailing requirements from existing open standards for OSI Layers 1 through 4, including: 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.

Since JupiterMesh defines Layers 1 through 4 of the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model, it provides a standard IPv6 interface layer capable of transporting existing metering communications protocols, such as IEC TC13’s globally-deployed and highly interoperable DLMS/COSEM, ANSI C12, OpenADR, GOOSE, IEC 61850 and DNP3 as well as evolving solution-specific IP-based applications. JupiterMesh answers the industry’s call to provide higher data rates for smart metering, lower latencies, bandwidth management for demanding smart grid applications, security, reliability for critical industry requirements, and support for battery-powered end-nodes.

“JupiterMesh provides the enhanced communications capabilities that enable new applications and use cases for electric, gas and water utilities and smart cities that are driving the Active Grid,” said Ed Eckert, Itron’s Director of Standards and ZigBee Alliance Board Director. “These include applications to improve grid and pipeline safety, efficiency, and reliability; to accommodate renewable and distributed generation integration; and to drive improvements in consumer-facing applications such as demand response, energy efficiency and conservation.”

“JupiterMesh has been created by a really strong ecosystem of Smart Grid and Industrial IoT specialists and promises to deliver true multi-vendor interoperability in the market,” said ZigBee Alliance President & CEO, Tobin Richardson. “JupiterMesh is also ready for the future evolutions such as deterministic networking and efficient spectrum sharing being worked on today in the IEEE and IETF.”

The JupiterMesh development work is being delivered by ZigBee Alliance stakeholder member companies including; Analog Devices, ARM, Atmel (a subsidiary of Microchip Technology), Exegin, Itron, Kroger, Landis+Gyr, NXP®, Renesas Electronics, Silicon Labs, Texas Instruments, Trilliant and Vencore Labs (a.k.a., Applied Communication Sciences (ACS)).