SyncNet

SyncNet diagram of communication system

SyncNet is a low power RF communication solution for creating a field area network, based on the Wireless Smart Utility Network (Wi-SUN) standard. It enables OEMs and utilities to transport data bi-directionally, between field devices and other systems and IoT applications that utilize that data for analytics or decision making. In addition, it helps utilities integrate and derive greater value from intelligent sensors being deployed in utility substations or networks.

The SyncNet technology is made available to OEMs for integration into their products, accelerating time to market with IoT ready devices. The SyncNet Field Area Network (FAN) communication protocol stack and end device module reference design helps to facilitate the integration process for OEMs.

In addition, SyncNet protocol stack is portable to other RF network interface module designs conforming to the physical layer standards of WiSUN/IEEE 802.15.4.

The SyncNet Field Area Network is based on the Wireless Smart Utility Network (Wi-SUN) technology stack. PHY layer supported by SyncNet is based on IEEE 802.15.4g, which provides bidirectional communications operating in various license-free bands. The MAC sub-layer is based on IEEE 802.15.4e along with Wi-SUN defined Information Extensions (IEs). The network layer is IPv6 with 6LoWPAN [RFC6282] adaptation. SyncNet supports

mesh topologies, from star and mesh options in Wi-Sun profile. Mandatory packet routing option based on: RPL [RFC6550] non storing mode is supported at the network layer. The transport layer provides both UDP and TCP services.

 

Application Stack CoAP, API

Custom Application Stack
IEC-104, DNP3, DLMS-COSEM

 

IP Stack
6LoWPAN, IPV6, ICMPv6, UDP, etc.

 

MAC Stack
IEEE 802.15.4e Mac Security

 

IEEE 802.15 g RF Driver
 

The SyncNet Evaluation Kit comes with a development board, five RF modules with pre-loaded SyncNet stack, and a Field Area Router for evaluation and testing the network

 

Components Function

RF Communication ModuleRF communication module

Communication modules with API to access communication peripherals / GPIO and REST API’s for bidirectional data exchange with kalki.io Platform

Evaluation Boardevaluation board

Used with SyncNet RF modules for developing device interfaces and performing integration testing

Field Area Routerindoor field area router

Used for connecting RF mesh based devices to backhaul network

Kalki.io Developer Subscription for SyncNet kalki.io logo

Developer subscription account in kalki.io for SyncNet evaluation. Evaluation account provides access to monitoring, control and analytics applications. It also provides a test and validate application to verify successful integration of new devices into SyncNet

EasyConnect easy connect

Configuration and installation tool

Kalkitech offers SyncNet binary code and an RF module reference design under a separate licensing agreement. Kalkitech offers custom services to port the stack to different hardware platforms. The SyncNet protocol stack covers link layer up to the transport layer (TCP/UDP) including IPv6. Device Manufactures can build an application on top of this or can choose from the list of application protocols offering from Kalkitech.

 

SyncNet reference design

RF Communication Module

RF communication module

SYNC 94x

Communication modules with API to access communication peripherals/GPIO and REST API’s for bidirectional data exchange with kalki.io Platform.

RF Bridge

rf bridge

SYNC 185x

Bridge node to connect standalone devices with the SyncNet network. Bridges can be integrated with field devices over serial ports using transparent tunnel, Modbus or CoAP interfaces.

Cellular Bridge

cellular bridge

SYNC 18xx

Bridge node to connect standalone devices over a 3G cellular network. Gateways can be integrated with field devices over serial ports using transparent tunnel, Modbus or CoAP interfaces.

RF Repeater

rf repeater

SYNC 185x

RF Repeaters are standalone radio range extenders which can reach out to far end points easily.

Outdoor Field Area Router (FAR)

outdoor field area router

SYNC 19xx

Field area routers (FARs) mounted outdoors that provide coordination for last mile mesh networks and also serve as the access point for connecting to backhaul.

Indoor Field Area Router (FAR)

indoor field area router

SYNC 19xx

Indoor Field Area Routers (FARs) providing coordination for last mile mesh networks and serves as access point for connecting to backhaul.

See product datasheet for details.

Community/Industrial Smart Metering

Wireless communication network for smart meter reading for residential communities and
industrial establishments. Solution can deliver all smart metering functions including billing, prepayment, demand response, outage management, energy auditing and various other use cases.

Substation Asset Monitoring

Wireless communications module can connect to assets in a substation via either directly embedded on the sensor or plugged in through serial ports, to monitor operational and non- operational parameters. This enables the identification of abnormal conditions and the ability to schedule preventive maintenance of substation assets.