SILVER SPRING has announced Starfish, a new IPv6 network service for the Internet of Things.
The grid will roll out initially across Chicago, San Antonia and San Jose, Calcutta, Copehagen, and in the UK Bristol and Glasgow.
The company plans to extend the reach of the scheme across five continents during 2016, with a series of hackathon events in the pilot cities designed to help and guide potential developers of devices and apps that will utilise the network.
Built on the Wi-SUN interoperability standard IEEE 802.15.4g, Starfish can deliver 1.2Mbps speeds, 10ms latency and up to 50 miles point to point range, extended by meshing between devices to make the reach almost limitless.
Starfish has industrial-grade security, reliability and scalability and an open partner ecosystem.
Starfish is built around the idea of interoperability, something that has often been lacking in large-scale rollouts of IoT devices. Silver Spring is also offering full SLAs with customers, and a service plan called Haiku, offering 5000 messages of 16 bytes every month gratis, aimed at those with low data needs of who are just starting out.
“We have entered a new era – ubiquitous connectivity of billions of devices and real-time data across massive-scale networks are unlocking untold social and economic opportunities,” said Mike Bell, president and CEO, Silver Spring Networks.
“Today, with the Starfish IoT network service, Silver Spring is opening up one of the most reliable, scalable, and secure IoT networks on the face of the earth. We want to make connecting to the potential of the Internet of Things as simple as subscribing to the plan of your choice.”
Bristol and Glasgow are not the first UK cities to roll out IoT pilots. The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Milton Keynes are among ten pilot 'smart cities' managed by Arqiva, pioneering the use of the Internet of Things for everything from bin emptying to car park management.
At a recent event in London, IoT pioneer Kevin Ashton hit out at the hijacking of the term Internet of Things' for a variety of largely useless gadgets. µ
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