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Weightless to release new IoT standard before the end of 2015

posted: Thursday 23rd July 2015

A new Internet of Things (IoT) standard allowing two-way communication is to be launched by the Weightless Special Interest Group (SIG) before the end of the year.

Industrial IoT connectivity provider M2Communication (M2COMM) will lead the project to develop a high-performance LPWAN standard known as Weightless-P.

It will offer uplink and downlink capabilities to enhance quality of service, which is especially important in the industrial IoT sector, said Weightless. The standard will also provide two-way communications at data rates ranging from 200 bps to 100 kbps.

The SIG said the standard will enable higher capacity than existing LPWAN and cellular technologies for uplink-dominated traffic with short-to-medium payload sizes. In addition, using common commercially-available chipsets it will support both stationary and mobile end devices by utilising low-power, innovative handover, cell re-selection and roaming methods.

Based in Cambridge and led by Professor William Webb, the Weightless SIG is committed to developing open standards that will allow IoT devices to communicate easily with each other. It released the Weightless-N standard earlier this year, and it has already been adopted by networks in London and two cities in Denmark.

The Weightless-P specification is expected to be published by the final quarter of the year, when it will be made available to all members of the SIG.