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IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance Charter

Introduction
There is a wide scope of areas where Smart Objects such as sensors for light, pressure, temperature, vibration, actuators, and other similar objects allow for a vast range of new applications: "smart cities", "smart grid", home and building automation, industrial applications, asset tracking, utility metering, etc.

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Companies and consumers are ready for the level of automation that Smart Objects can bring.

Current technical approaches based on proprietary protocols are unlikely to be successful especially as the scale grows and tens of thousands of devices need to be networked. Indeed, this lack of interoperability created by the proprietary systems is known to be a show stopper and will limit innovation. Such approaches require complex "gateways" that are inherently highly inefficient and complex to deploy, manage and operate.

There is a networking solution based on open standards that has been demonstrated and deployed and is eminently scalable - the Internet Protocol (IP).

Customers need more information on the various solutions to the management of Smart Objects and need such information from other sources than the current proprietary solution providers and would prefer such information from an unbiased source.

There is a need for the establishment of an open, informal and thought-leading association of like-minded organizations and individuals to promote the value of using the Internet Protocol for the networking of Smart Objects.

The current standards bodies, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) which is in charge of specifying IP protocols, are doing good work developing standards, but do not provide any marketing support so that potential users of IP for Smart Objects can understand the value of that approach and obtain information on it.

Without such an association, those parties promoting proprietary solutions will be able to create uncertainty about the value of the IP for Smart Objects approach and delay adoption.

In order to maximize the impact of this association, it needs to be started today and boot-strapped initially with the expectation that it will evolve into a more formal and larger organization over time.

This charter sets forth the basic elements of the Alliance for the promotion and establishment of the Internet Protocol as the network of choice for Smart Objects.

Mission
The Alliance is a global non-profit organization serving the various communities seeking to establish the Internet Protocol as the network for the connection of Smart Objects by providing coordinated marketing efforts available to the general public. Our purpose is to provide a foundation for industry growth through building stronger relationships, fostering awareness, providing education, promoting the industry, generating research, and creating a better understanding of IP and its role in connecting Smart Objects.

Goals
Promote IP as the premier solution for access and communication for Smart Objects.
Promote the use of IP in Smart Objects by developing and publishing white papers and case studies and providing updates on standards progress from associations like IETF among others and through other supporting marketing activities.
Understand the industries and markets where Smart Objects can have an effective role in growth when connected using the Internet Protocol.
Organize interoperability tests that will allow members and interested parties to show that products and services using IP for Smart Objects can work together and meet industry standards for communication.
Support IETF and other standards development organizations in the development of standards for IP for Smart Objects.
It should be noted that the objective of the Alliance is not to define technologies, but to document the use of IP-based technologies defined at the standard organizations such as IETF with focus on support by the Alliance of various use cases.

In establishing the Alliance one of the subsidiary goals will be to be as efficient as possible in environmental matters and our preference will always be to make appropriate substitutions such as virtual meetings for in-person meetings.

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There shall be two classes of membership, Promoter and Contributor. Promoters are eligible for voting in the Alliance to elect the Board of Directors and to serve as Chairpersons of Committees. The rights and privileges of each class of membership shall be as specified in the bylaws and other founding documents of the Alliance and may be modified by action of two-thirds of the Promoters. No party shall hold more than one membership in the Alliance and no party shall have more than one member on the Board of Directors.
http://www.ipso-alliance.org/

References to this organization on our web site:

AutomatedBuildings.com Article - Wireless Sensor Networks Move ...

*IP for Smart Objects: Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance White paper #1. Adam Dunkels, PhD, Senior scientist, Swedish Institute of ...

New Industry Alliance Promotes Use of IP in Networks Of 'Smart ...

Cisco, SAP and Sun Among 25 Charter Members Of 'IPSO Alliance' Offering Education, Interoperability Testing for Embedded IP Applications ...

IPSO Alliance Membership Grows 50 Percent

3, 2009 - The IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance has grown its membership by more than 50 percent since its formation by 25 founding companies in ...

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