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Cisco, Nivis Debut Embedded Wireless IP Technology at Cisco Live

June 25, 2008

Nivis, the world’s leading developer and integrator of wireless network technologies, together with Cisco, the world’s leading supplier of networking equipment and network management for the Internet, are debuting an embedded wireless IP mesh technology using a 6LoWPAN solution for integrated device management at the Cisco Live technology showcase in Orlando, FL through June 26.

The Nivis and Cisco collaboration has joined breakthrough technologies that can be used in myriad every day circumstances. Now industrial networks can be extended beyond the computer to include network-enabled devices such as parking meters, streetlights, traffic lights, utility transformers and utility meters.

The Cisco Live demonstration illustrates how this technology can be specifically applied to municipal uses involving streetlights, electrical and parking meters as well as electronic signage. Also participating in the demonstration is Acuity Brands ROAM, a leading provider of streetlight monitoring. ROAM products and services improve streetlight performance, reduce operating costs, and improve billing accuracy.

Nivis is presenting a new wireless network technology that allows disparate devices and sensors to communicate via a sophisticated neural network system using the 6LoWPAN(IPv6) protocol.”IPv6 is a protocol whose time has come. If we are serious about networking virtually everything, and we should be, then IPv6 is the place to be. Instrumenting and linking the devices that surround us can dramatically increase their utility and manageability. In times of crisis such networked devices may be the key to communicating to the general public and to assisting responders,” observed Vint Cerf, Chief Operations Officer, Google.

“This is a fantastic glimpse into just some of the potential applications for 6LoWPAN and embedded IP. The simplicity of the design by Nivis, Cisco and Acuity belies the feature-rich capabilities and interoperability available from the system,” Geoff Mulligan, IETF 6LoWPAN Working Group Chair and ISA100 NetComm Chair, notes. “I’m seeing more and more applications making use of the 6LoWPAN Open International Standard and to see these companies come together to show this innovative application is great.”

In the Cisco Live demonstration, a wireless mesh network of streetlights communicates with a parking meter. The meter communicates with a sensor ring in the parking space and the gleaned information is sent to a Cisco cell phone. As a result, the technology allows consumers using the Internet to see if a parking space is available ahead of their arrival or if their meter has expired. Security officers are alerted by the system to turn on the streetlight to provide better security and municipalities can identify expired meters. In real life operation, a mesh network of street lights talks to smart parking spaces in order to provide information to both consumers and municipalities.

The Nivis router featured at Cisco Live is fully compliant with not only 6LoWPAN protocol standards, but ISA100.11a and WirelessHART as well. “We intend to keep our technologies fully compatible with these standards as well as future standards,” Marius Chilom, Nivis CEO, emphasizes. “Standardization is vital in today’s rapidly evolving wireless market.”

About Nivis: Nivis is the world’s leading developer and integrator of wireless technologies for the design, development, deployment and management of large-scale wireless sensor and control networks for both industrial and commercial sectors. Nivis’ embedded technology transforms any stand-alone product into a device that can be controlled or monitored either locally or remotely over the Internet.

The company, founded in 1998, provides engineering services that enable customers to quickly build scalable wireless sensor and control networks, thus minimizing both time to market and total cost of ownership.

Nivis is fully committed to supporting and being compliant with all standards including 6LoWPAN, WirelessHART and ISA100.11a and any future standards that evolve. Nivis stacks support different hardware platforms including Texas Instruments and Freescale with Atmel and Jennic soon to follow.

Nivis LLC is a privately held corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Columbus, Ohio, Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Additional information about our products and services may be obtained at www.nivis.com. To receive additional information, please visit http://www.nivis.com/NISA or email us at contact@nivis.com.

 Contact: Keith Sciulli Email Contact 678/202-6800 or 404/348-6936 c Nivis 1000 Circle 75 Parkway, 3rd Floor Atlanta, GA 30339  

SOURCE: Nivis