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Design and Application Spaces for IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPANs)
RFC 6568

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                            E. Kim
Request for Comments: 6568                                          ETRI
Category: Informational                                        D. Kaspar
ISSN: 2070-1721                               Simula Research Laboratory
                                                             JP. Vasseur
                                                     Cisco Systems, Inc.
                                                              April 2012

                     Design and Application Spaces
   for IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPANs)

Abstract

   This document investigates potential application scenarios and use
   cases for low-power wireless personal area networks (LoWPANs).  This
   document provides dimensions of design space for LoWPAN applications.
   A list of use cases and market domains that may benefit and motivate
   the work currently done in the 6LoWPAN Working Group is provided with
   the characteristics of each dimension.  A complete list of practical
   use cases is not the goal of this document.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents
   approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6568.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Terminology ................................................5
      1.2. Premise of Network Configuration ...........................5
   2. Design Space ....................................................6
   3. Application Scenarios ...........................................8
      3.1. Industrial Monitoring ......................................8
           3.1.1. A Use Case and Its Requirements .....................9
           3.1.2. 6LoWPAN Applicability ..............................10
      3.2. Structural Monitoring .....................................12
           3.2.1. A Use Case and Its Requirements ....................12
           3.2.2. 6LoWPAN Applicability ..............................14
      3.3. Connected Home ............................................15
           3.3.1. A Use Case and Its Requirements ....................15
           3.3.2. 6LoWPAN Applicability ..............................17
      3.4. Healthcare ................................................18
           3.4.1. A Use Case and Its Requirements ....................18
           3.4.2. 6LoWPAN Applicability ..............................19
      3.5. Vehicle Telematics ........................................20

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