Successful 6LoWPAN Plugtest Event in China, August 20-21, 2013

A 6LoWPAN plugtest event, organized by the Probe-IT project, and supported by ETSI (European Telecommunication Standards Institute) was successfully held in Beijing, China on August 20-21, 2013.

6LoWPAN is a new innovation technology to apply Internet Protocol version 6 to the IoT devices. It is a standard from the IETF, which optimizes IPv6 for use with low-power, low-bandwidth communication technologies such as IEEE 802.15.4. China started its national plan to promote Next Generation Internet and its core protocol IPv6 since 2003, so 6LoWPAN technology attracts much attention in China when it was proposed.

This event brought together 6LoWPAN vendors to evaluate the interoperability of their products and to validate their understanding of the base specifications. The event will also provide useful feedback to enhance the standardization. The feature tested in the plugtest event includes 29 cases on Header Compression, Neighbor Discovery and Frame Format.

This event was hosted by BUPT and CATR on behalf of Probe-IT project. This event was attended by 7 companies and research organizations testing 6LoWPAN host and router implementations from mainland and Hong Kong, China, including SmeshLink, Ningbo Institute of Information Technology Application of CAS, Tsinghua University, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Hong Kong Polytechnic University/ Harbin Institute of Technology, Wang Rui Da Tech and Hitachi (China) Research & Development Corporation.

After two days interoperability testing, this event turned to be a successful 6LoWPAN interoperability testing event by demonstrating need for Interoperability testing in 6LoWPAN products, need for such event in future and interest to continue the discussion on interoperability testing.