There’s more happening in the IPv6 world this week with the launch of the Seville IPv6 Smartcity Pilot in Spain. The aim of the first phase is to monitor water quality, leaks and the pumping equipment within the city using IPv6 enabled 3G/4G devices using the IETF 6LoWPAN standard. 6LoWPAN enables wireless communications for devices with limited processing capabilities and power availability, such as those used for automation and monitoring devices, and is therefore an important enabling technology for the Internet-of-Things (IoT).
The Smartcity Pilot is an initiative of the Seville City Hall, Adevice which is a vendor providing IPv6 compliant IoT devices, FIWARE who provide the open source agent and information broker components, as well as Telefónica. The role of the latter is supporting the 3G/4G mobile managed connectivity and deploying and operating the Smartcity platform at the FIWARE LAB IPv6-ready data centre.
The pilot will collectively deliver monitoring and control data from remote IPv6-enabled devices to a dashboard that is initially displaying information about the public fountain in the Plaza de España, one of the most well-known tourist spots in Seville.
More detailed information about the set-up can be found over on the Telefónica blog.
This is also another good opportunity to highlight the Internet-of-Things white paper that has been published by the Internet Society. If you’re interested in getting an overview of IoT, how it enables new technologies, and the issues around security, privacy and technical interoperability, then this is worth a read.