NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced its intent to make its JenNet-IP ultra-low-power, IEEE 802.15.4-based wireless connectivity network layer software available under an Open Source license, as part of its vision to enable the “Internet of Things.”

In recent years, interest in the Internet of Things – in which every device has an IP address and could be monitored and controlled via a secure Internet connection – has gained considerable momentum. However, a major roadblock to adoption has been the proliferation of different networking software variants for different applications. By releasing JenNet-IP’s network layer software under an Open Source license and supporting an active community of developers and users, NXP aims to simplify the effort required to add “smart” connectivity and two-way communication into a wide range of devices, and help to establish a cross-application standard for wireless connectivity in both residential and industrial environments. The first Open Source release of JenNet-IP software is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011.

“Imagine a world in which every device has an IP address, and can be wirelessly controlled as part of a highly secure, robust network of 500 devices. You could monitor and control every device in your home via your smartphone, tablet, PC or TV – or manage entire ‘smart’ offices, buildings and factories. From intelligent lighting networks to smart appliances, from security surveillance systems to energy management – the possibilities are tremendous. By open-sourcing JenNet-IP software, we hope to unleash the creativity of thousands of application developers around the world, and work with a broader community to establish a true standard for ultra-low-power wireless control networks in both residential and industrial environments,” said Mark Hamersma, Senior Vice President and General Manager, emerging High Performance Mixed Signal businesses, NXP Semiconductors.