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Home Automation Routing Requirements in Low-Power and Lossy Networks
RFC 5826

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Brandt
Request for Comments: 5826                                      J. Buron
Category: Informational                              Sigma Designs, Inc.
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                 G. Porcu
                                                          Telecom Italia
                                                              April 2010

  Home Automation Routing Requirements in Low-Power and Lossy Networks

Abstract

   This document presents requirements specific to home control and
   automation applications for Routing Over Low power and Lossy (ROLL)
   networks.  In the near future, many homes will contain high numbers
   of wireless devices for a wide set of purposes.  Examples include
   actuators (relay, light dimmer, heating valve), sensors (wall switch,
   water leak, blood pressure), and advanced controllers (radio-
   frequency-based AV remote control, central server for light and heat
   control).  Because such devices only cover a limited radio range,
   routing is often required.  The aim of this document is to specify
   the routing requirements for networks comprising such constrained
   devices in a home-control and automation environment.

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/rfc5286.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Terminology ................................................4
      1.2. Requirements Language ......................................6
   2. Home Automation Applications ....................................6
      2.1. Lighting Application in Action .............................6
      2.2. Energy Conservation and Optimizing Energy Consumption ......6
      2.3. Moving a Remote Control Around .............................7
      2.4. Adding a New Module to the System ..........................7
      2.5. Controlling Battery-Operated Window Shades .................8
      2.6. Remote Video Surveillance ..................................8
      2.7. Healthcare .................................................9
           2.7.1. At-Home Health Reporting ...........................10
           2.7.2. At-Home Health Monitoring ..........................10
      2.8. Alarm Systems .............................................10
   3. Unique Routing Requirements of Home Automation Applications ....11
      3.1. Constraint-Based Routing ..................................12

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