NXP paves the way for smart lighting with JenNet-IP evaluation kit

July 11, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
On the way to the internet of things, networks for smart buildings with intelligent lighting and home automation solutions will be one of the next steps. One of the technologies promising fast implementation and standards-based solutions is JenNet. NXP Semiconductors now has announced the availability of evaluation kits featuring JenNet-IP wireless network layer software.

The JenNet-IP-EK040 evaluation kit provides the components needed to create applications for IPv6-based networks for lighting and home automation, based on NXP's JN514x series of ultra-low-power single-chip wireless microcontrollers. In addition, NXP is launching a certification program for JenNet-IP. The certification program will make provision for testing end products to ensure performance and interoperability between all devices bearing the JenNet-IP name and logo. 

With JenNet-IP, up to 500 devices in the home can each have their own unique IPv6 address, turning the home into an extension of the Internet at a very low cost. Lights and other home appliances can be easily connected, monitored and controlled over the Internet. For example, GreenWave Reality's Connected Lighting solution using JenNet-IP allows for the intelligent management and control of lighting without touching any wiring or switches in the home. The GreenWave Reality solution enables consumers to dim and turn lights on or off with their hand-held remote or through the use of smart controls, such as “Night”, to turn off all the lights from your smart phone. Internet-enabled smart lighting alone could reduce power consumption by 30 percent, by dimming and turning off lights when they aren't required. 

“Over the last year, JenNet-IP has emerged as an important standard for wireless home automation systems. With the introduction of this evaluation kit, we'll be able to reach a broad community of developers and make it easier to incorporate JenNet-IP into wireless network designs, particularly in smart lighting and smart home applications. The JenNet-IP certification program also assures vendors and consumers of seamless interoperability between JenNet-IP-enabled devices – a critical factor as we work together to build a true Internet of Things,” commented Sean McGrath, general manager, smart home and energy product line, NXP Semiconductors. 

The JenNet-IP evaluation kit includes 4 wireless sensor nodes; 4 plug-in “shields”; 2 high-power modules; 2 high-power USB dongles; a router; a remote control; and a software development kit.