DASH7 Alliance Launches DNA Initiative

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Connecting software applications to the "Internet of Things" requires a standardized interface. This new initiative creates an open source network interface to all DASH7 (ISO 18000-7) wireless sensor networking devices.

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“Providing application developers and systems integrators with a common method for accessing DASH7 devices helps advance today’s mobile landscape,” said Michael Liard of ABI Research. “The DASH7 DNA initiative nicely complements the existing interoperabi

The DASH7 Alliance (http://www.dash7.org), a non-profit industry consortium that promotes the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking, today launched the DASH7 Network Access (DNA) initiative to create a standardized interface to communicate with DASH7 devices from any application or cloud computing platform.

DASH7 DNA will allow software vendors to leverage existing code developed for passive RFID readers and expand their capabilities to include DASH7 events. With DNA, software developers and systems integrators will add connectivity to DASH7 devices faster and more cheaply than ever before.

“Simplifying the way software applications interface with DASH7 devices and ensuring compatibility with prevailing service oriented architectures were the two main considerations in launching the DNA initiative,” said Patrick Burns, President of the DASH7 Alliance. “With DNA, we are bridging two very different worlds to enable the internet of things: the high performance, digital world of cloud computing, and the highly efficient, low power analog world of secure wireless sensor networking.”

DNA will be available free of charge to developers through an open source license in 2011. Upon ratification by DASH7 Alliance members, DNA will be submitted for comment to the ISO 24791-5 committee for device interfaces.

“Providing application developers and systems integrators with a common method for accessing DASH7 devices helps advance today’s mobile landscape,” said Michael Liard of ABI Research. “The DASH7 DNA initiative nicely complements the existing interoperability story for DASH7 and the ISO 18000-7 standard.”

Developers will also have the ability in 2011 to certify that their DNA-enabled software applications are interoperable with DASH7 hardware devices through new test and certification methods.

Companies interested in participating in the development of DASH7 DNA or in the test and certification process for DNA should email Paul Ritchie, Executive Director of the DASH7 Alliance, at paul(at)dash7(dot)org.

About DASH7 Technology

Products with DASH7 wireless sensor networking capability simplify the way we connect wirelessly with the people, places and things around us. Operating in the license-free 433.92 MHz spectrum, DASH7 offers multi-kilometer range, multi-year battery life, sensor and security support, as well as tag-to-tag communications. DASH7 is the brand given to the ISO 18000-7 standard for active RFID similar to the use of the WiFi brand for IEEE 802.11 communications.

About the DASH7 Alliance

Formed in 2009, the DASH7 Alliance is a non-profit industry consortium with more than 50 participants that promotes the use of the ISO 18000-7 standard for wireless sensor networking. Participating organizations include Analog Devices, Arira Design, Cambridge University, Chung Nam Electronics, Confidex, Cubic, Damco, DH Technology, Dow, Evigia Systems, Guard RFID, Identec Solutions, KPC, Lockheed Martin, Lyngsoe Systems, Melexis, MET Laboratories, Michelin, Novitaz, Odette, OnAsset Intelligence, Ramtron, Revere Security, RFind, Semtech, Savi Technology, System Planning Corporation, ST Microelectronics, Syrma, Texas Instruments, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin, and VI Service Network. Membership is open to end users, technology providers and research organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.dash7.org.

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Paul Ritchie (925) 275-6654 paul(at)dash7(dot)org

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