A WiNE research group technology has become an international standard

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an open community internet standards body, has recently published a standard developed by Dr. Xavier Vilajosana, group leader at the Wireless Networks (WiNe) research group of the IN3.


His project, which he has been working on over the last four years, provides a standard for a control plane for low-rate wireless networks, for use in industrial settings.The standard (document RFC8480) lets us control communications between different machines used in industry, ie their data exchanges. For example, a device monitoring a water flow can tell another device to start doing something.

IETF standards are open and international, meaning that the knowledge and specifications are not influenced by the interests of any particular industry or group. The standardization process involves hundreds of individuals, from industry, research centres, government institutions and universities. The standards are accepted based on consensus following lengthy periods for reviews, revisions and deliberation. Since the IETF was created in 1986 over 3,000 standards have been approved.

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