|[November 01, 2012]
Standards Group Formed to Enable Internet of Things Growth
SANTA CLARA, Calif. & LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Weightless, the global organisation responsible for delivering
royalty-free open standards to enable the Internet of Things, today
announced a new Special Interest Group (SIG) to accelerate the adoption
of "Weightless" as a wireless wide area global standard for machine to
machine (M2M) short to mid-range communications.
ARM, Cable & Wireless (News - Alert) Worldwide, CSR and Neul have today formally signed
the 'SIG Promoter Agreement' which details how they will back
Weightless's mission to establish a new standard and encourage its
adoption worldwide. The Weightless standard this group will define is on
track for completion in early
Weightless argues that a standard designed specifically for short to
mid-range machine communications within white space is needed.
Weightless technology has been optimised for this specific scenario and
is delivered as a royalty-free open standard.
The formation of the SIG is a major step in building a new
Communications Global Standard for M2M and Internet of Things (IoT). The
Special Interest Group has been formed to support a rapidly expanding
need to meet the demands of embedded intelligence everywhere, creating
efficiencies in countless ways by giving the world access to data, the
means to analyze it and then to act upon it in a managed way.
This means a common set of standards that deliver the key requirements
for M2M communications, including a chipset cost under $2, a range of up
to 10km and a battery life of 10 years.
Professor William Webb, CEO of Weightless
"This is a very
important milestone for Weightless. The SIG now has a Board comprising
leading players spanning processors, networks, chipsets and innovative
wireless technologies. Weightless has gained a solid legal framework
enabling royalty-free licensing of terminal-related technology. Our plan
is to rapidly grow membership from our current base of 50
high-technology companies and I would strongly encourage interested
parties to join this world-changing initiative."
Mike Muller, chief technology officer, ARM (News - Alert)
of Things requires new thinking about technology. As data levels soar
across the world, new ways need to be found to ensure
wireless communication can be seamless. This includes the next wave of
connectivity across smart grids, enhanced healthcare, smart cities,
asset tracking, sensors and future applications as yet unimagined. With
common standards we can all benefit from intelligence embedded and
connected everywhere, so the ARM team is excited about the huge
potential this standard will unlock."
Paul Brodrick, Utilities Business Development Director,
"Having another agreed standard
is going to accelerate the growth and acceptance of M2M communications.
I believe that the work of the SIG will help to bring the benefits of
smarter short to mid-range communications to a much wider audience."
Dr. Steven D. Gray, CTO of CSR (News - Alert) plc
"CSR has a business
strategy to be a major supplier in M2M applications with low energy SoCs
wth wireless connectivity. Weightless presents potential to address
some M2M market applications such as smart meters, asset tracking and
remote sensors. Contributing in the SIG will help CSR to better
understand market needs."
James Collier, CEO Neul Ltd
"The IoT is the engine for
economic growth in the next decade, much of which will come from new and
innovative applications. This new generation of smart devices and
applications simply haven't been possible before the emergence of a
ubiquitous IoT communication network. Weightless will enable this new
growth and Neul is excited to be part of the SIG that will make it a
Weightless, based in Cambridge, UK, is the world's leading white space
M2M standards body.
Machine communications, often termed M2M, has long been forecast to be a
sector with massive growth. Recent forecasts of 50 billion connected
devices by 2020 from cars to sensors to traffic lights to healthcare
applications and much more.
Weightless' central mission is to co-ordinate industry players to foster
the development of a new and revolutionary communications standard
(called Weightless) to enable efficient machine-to-machine
communications in white space.
Weightless is currently signing up members http://www.weightless.org/account/register,
and has strong traction from a wide variety of industry players.
Further details can be viewed at http://www.weightless.org.
About TV White Space
White space is the unused and underused parts of the wireless spectrum.
For example, around the world many TV channels are left vacant in most
locations. Weightless technology initially opens up these channels and
will also allow underused frequencies within other UHF licensed and
unlicensed bands be used efficiently for wireless communication.
ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital
products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions
to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's
comprehensive product offering includes RISC microprocessors, graphics
processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded
memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development
tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support
and maintenance, and the company's broad partner community, they provide
a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for
leading electronics companies. Find out more about ARM by going to http://www.arm.com/.
About Cable&Wireless Worldwide
Cable&Wireless Worldwide provides integrated communications and data
hosting services to large enterprises and mid-market customers in both
the public and private sectors. With an unrivalled heritage and a
globally significant network Cable&Wireless Worldwide can provide robust
secure and resilient connectivity to over 150 countries.
To find out more, visit www.cw.com.
CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions
for the location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world. Our platforms
are optimized for the automotive navigation and infotainment, digital
cameras and imaging, connected home infotainment and wireless audio
markets. We provide solutions to complex problems in the audio-visual,
connectivity and location technology domains across a broad range of
markets, with a technology portfolio that includes GPS/GNSS systems,
Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, FM, NFC, aptX® and CVC™ audio codecs, JPEG, MPEG,
H.264 imaging, PDL printing, microcontrollers, DSPs and broadband
receivers. CSR's technology solutions and market platforms enable its
customers to deliver a superior user experience and are adopted by
leaders in the auto, computer, home and mobile markets. More information
can be found at www.csr.com.
The name Neul is pronounced like 'fuel' and is from the Gaelic word for
Neul was formed in Cambridge, UK in 2010 by a group of
entrepreneurs with successful track record. The core management team was
responsible for building Europe's most successful fabless semiconductor
Neul aims to unify the fragmented world of Internet of the Things (IoT)
and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, with the world's first
white space wireless system and a new, open M2M communications standard
Neul is transforming wireless data communications being the first to
enable access to large amounts of unused and underused UHF spectrum,
vastly reducing the costs of base stations and the terminals needed for
wide area wireless networks. This will enable Neul's customers to build
networks and applications that offer completely new kinds of devices,
services and business models.
Neul's vision is to bring about a revolution in the way devices and
applications communicate. Towards the predicted 50 billion connected IoT
and M2M devices, through smart metering to local broadband delivery,
transportation and beyond. Neul is helping to create 'the internet of
Further details can be viewed at http://www.neul.com.
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