Skip to content

Why does IPv6 in ISA100 Wireless matter?

IPv6 in ISA100 Wireless makes the Industrial Internet of Things a reality today.

ISA100 Wireless is the only industrial wireless protocol to incorporate IPv6 directly as part of its network layer and transport layer.

This gives ISA100 Wireless the advantage of seamless end-to-end routing with “anything anywhere” effectively in a single environment.

This is a true step change in the industrial wireless network landscape and enables the full vision of the Industrial Internet of Things.

Power Station

Primary Benefits

  • Security Boost – Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), a major design improvement of IPv6, authenticates and encrypts each IP packet of a communication session. IPsec operates in the Internet Layer, thus it protects any and all application traffic across an IP network.
  • Support For New Services - By eliminating Network Address Translation (NAT), true end-to-end connectivity at the IP layer is restored, enabling new and valuable services. Peer-to-peer networks are easier to create and maintain.  And more robust Quality of Service (QoS) is enabled.
  • More Efficient Routing - reduced routing table sizes, more hierarchical routing.
  • More Efficient Packet Processing - simplified packet headers; eliminated IP-level checksum that exists in IPv4
  • Directed Data Flows - IPv6 supports a superior multicast method saving network bandwidth
  • Simplified Network Configuration - address auto-configure is built into IPv6 (address assignment)

User Benefits

  • Improve network performance and reduce downtime
  • Lower asset lifecycle costs due to more efficient network design
  • IPvs in ISA100 Wireless makes it a platform for innovation and continuous improvement

Supplier Benefits

  • Improve service performance and enhance profitability
  • Improve your service business profitability 
  • IPv6 in ISA100 Wireless makes it a platform for product innovation
  • IIoT Enables Selling products-as-service

IPv6 in ISA100 Wireless supports multiple subnets which enables sensors to be grouped together much like a VLAN for traffic and network management, while also breaking the network into zones for security reasons. Support for subnet-level mesh, as well as backbone-level routing, is also supported in ISA100 Wireless.

IPv6 networks use familiar standards-based addressing and can be managed using tools derived from traditional IT network management tools and systems. Today’s generation of network managers and automation engineers understand IPv6 and so will future generations.

Speak with the ISA100 Wireless Experts

ISA100 Wireless technology has been delivering value in operating sites like yours for over 15 years.  Learn how ISA100 can help solve your problems today.