LONDON The Dash7 Alliance, a coalition of organizations promoting a standard for wireless sensor networks based on the ISO18000-7 standard, has announced it now has more than 40 participating organizations, including leaders from the semiconductor, supply chain and RFID industries.
Dash7 also announced it has formed three industry working groups, launched a testing and certification program and plans to introduce five specifications and protocol enhancements to the ISO 18000-7 (Dash7) standard by mid-2010.
Dash7 Alliance members now include Arira Design (U.S.), Confidex (Finland), Dolphin RFID (India), Lyngsoe Systems (Canada), Melexis (Belgium), OnAsset Intelligence, Semtech (U.S.), Syrma Technology (India), and Wavetrend (UK).
These companies are joining such players as Analog Devices, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instrumenets, Lockheed Martin and Northtop Grumman.
"With dozens of industry leaders from around the globe, we're making great strides toward our mission of advancing the commercial success of the DASH7 standard," said Patrick Burns, Dash7 Alliance president, in a statement. "The Alliance continues to gain critical mass and momentum by establishing new working groups, a certification program, and a technical roadmap that will make it possible for businesses across industries to implement wireless sensor networks using an open, proven standard."
Dash7 is a wireless sensor networking technology that evolved from the radio-frequency identification and sensing technologies used in the defense industry.
Dash7 offers a range of more than two kilometers and operates at the globally available 433-MHz frequency, products with DASH7 capability will simplify the way we keep in touch with people, places and things across a range of enterprise and consumer applications.
In late 2009, the Dash7 Alliance formed its first industry working group, the Container Sensing and Security Initiative (CSSI), to define the next generation of cargo container tracking and monitoring devices. This week, the alliance is launching working groups focused on building automation, air cargo management and security.
This year, the alliance's technical working group plans to release specifications for five new extensions and protocol enhancements that will improve the performance and efficiency of DASH7 devices and extend its capabilities, including enhancements around IPv6, encryption, sensors, and real-time locating systems.
The Dash7 testing and certification program will be run through a partnership with MET Laboratories Inc. (Baltimore, Md.), a company that provides testing and consulting services for manufacturers and consumers of wireless products and systems.
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