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Zigbee supposed to be the future. @rickbmerritt says maybe not." IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup"

SAN JOSE, Calif. — There’s no clear end in sight for the protocol wars in the Internet of Things, says the chief technologist of a building controls startup. The CTO of Enlighted, which developed its own 802.15.4 protocols, believes the outlook for Zigbee is particularly dim. The IoT needs a set of open APIs and protocols that work with a variety of physical-layer networks, says Tanuj Mohan. In this way, he feels, IoT networks should act more like IT nets. Mohan was a co-founder of Enlighted and is a networking expert who worked at Cisco, Novell, and Tropos and built multiprotocol routers at Hughes. “Anyone who tries to build a physical layer and drive a software stack based on it all the way up to the application layer is a fool,” he says: The IP and network layer should have nothing to do with the media. The last-mile protocols have some play, but they are not as importa...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1325114

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