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IPSO Alliance

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Internet Protocol for Smart Objects Alliance
AbbreviationIPSO Alliance
Merged intoOpen Mobile Alliance (OMA)
Formation2008; 16 years ago (2008)
Founded atEurope
DissolvedMarch 27, 2018; 6 years ago (2018-03-27)
TypeNonprofit NGO
PurposeInternational technical standards
Region served
FieldsInternet Protocol (IP) for networked devices

The Internet Protocol for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance was an international technical standards organization promoting the Internet Protocol (IP) for what it calls "smart object" communications.[1] The IPSO Alliance was a non-profit organization founded in 2008 with members from technology, communications and energy companies.[2] The Alliance advocated for IP networked devices in energy, consumer, healthcare, and industrial uses. On 27 March 2018, the IPSO Alliance merged with the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) to form OMA SpecWorks.[3]


Smart objects are data structures in constrained devices. They are used to manage the device and the device's data. Constrained devices in turn are small computers (microcontrollers) with a sensor or actuator and a communication device, such as thermostats, car engines, light switches, and industrial machinery. Smart objects represent the state, data, etc. of the device (device management) and the state, data, etc., of the sensors and actuators (data management). Smart objects are often simple; that is, their data structures are simple with a number of fixed operations. Due to their low cost, simple smart objects enable a wide range of uses formerly impossible due to cost considerations. These include areas such as home automation, building automation, factory monitoring, smart cities, structural health management systems, smart grid and energy management, and transport.

The IPSO Alliance promotes the Internet of things. The layered architecture of IP provides a high level of flexibility, innovation, and accelerates the adoption of network-connected devices, often referred to as the Internet of things.

IPSO offered webinars, interoperability events, white papers publication, and complemented the work of entities such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the ISA,[clarification needed] all of which develop and ratify technical standards in the industrial community.

On 15 February 2013, the Alliance announced its IPSO Challenge 2013 competition to showcase the use of the Internet Protocol (IP) in sensor, control, and M2M applications enabling the Internet of things (IOT).[4][5] The first round of judging closed on 5 April 2013. The top three finalists went to Sensors Expo in Chicago on 6 June 2013 to present their prototype or product, where the winner, Redwire Consulting of Boston for their Energy Current Harvesting device was announced. Runners up included CMD Microdevices of Colorado and ViBrain Solutions of Murcia, Spain.

In August 2012 In conjunction with IETF 84 in Vancouver, British Columbia, IPSO hosted an Internet of things interoperability demonstration using the IPv6 and Web standards for machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services in connected home, building automation, lighting and smart energy-related uses. The Alliance also participated in the Bits-N-Bites Open House, showcasing NXP's smart light bulb, Proto6's motion sensor, and the Ericsson/Sensinode in-home sensors.[6]

In June 2012, to observe World IPv6 Launch Day, the IPSO Alliance enabled its website for IPv6.

In March 2012, IPSO Alliance teamed with European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to assemble companies to validate understanding of the Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) base specification under development by IETF, and test protocol implementation interoperability and conformance. Test results provided to both the IETF and Internet of things (IoT) communities to enhance the quality of these developing standards.[7] This event was organized in cooperation with the Probe-IT project, held in Paris, France, on 24–25 March 2012 and was co-located with IETF 83 [8]

In September 2011, IPSO published its first quarterly newsletter.[9]

In June 2011, IPSO announced interoperability testing

In May 2010, ZigBee Alliance and IPv6 Forum formed strategic relationships with the IPSO Alliance to speed adoption of IP networked smart objects.

In April 2010, IPSO conducted a series of successful interoperability tests with several independent implementations of RPL and of 6LoWPAN-HC.

In November 2008, Time magazine listed the IPSO Alliance and the Internet of things as the 30th most important innovation of 2008.[10]

On 15 October 2008, members of the IPSO Alliance released uIPv6, the world's smallest IPv6 stack.[11]


  1. ^ "The IPSO Alliance".
  2. ^ "IPSO Member Companies".
  3. ^ "IPSO Alliance Merges with Open Mobile Alliance to Form OMA SpecWorks". 2018-03-27.
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  5. ^ "IPSO Alliance and Sensors Expo Announce $10,000 "IPSO Challenge 2013" IP Innovation Competition". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  6. ^ "IPSO Alliance Hosts Another Successful Interop Event at IETF 84". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Home".
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  10. ^ "Time's Best Innovations of 2008: 30. The Internet of Things". Time. 2008-10-29. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  11. ^ Slashdot: World's Smallest IPv6 Stack By Cisco, Atmel, SICS