UPnP+ to advance the Internet of Things

UPnP Forum, the industry body behind the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) standard, has announced a new initiative called UPnP+ focused on adding new technical capabilities, including access to UPnP devices and services from Web browsers, and bridging to non-UPnP networks.

The new initiative is expected to be particularly relevant to the new possibilities created by the evolution of mobile connected computing, including cloud-based service delivery, smartphone content sharing, and the Internet of Things.

Key areas addressed by the new standard include: full integration of IPv6 with seamless backwards compatibility to IPv4; integration of content and services from the cloud; access to UPnP devices and services from Web browsers; improved support for low-power and mobile devices; grouping or pairing of similar devices and services; and bridging to non-UPnP networks such as ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth.

Over a billion devices have already been connected via UPnP, including audio/visual devices, residential gateways, connected thermostats, lighting, remote user interfaces, telephony, and device management tools.

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