Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Physical World Connection Needs Addresses
As we get closer to seeing all physical objects get Internet addresses (domain names), I thought it would be a good idea to consider what technology will have to be in place for that to happen.
Another trend I have been watching, and has been getting some press lately, is the adoption of IPv6.
The current Internet address system (IPv4) will allow 4.3 billion unique addresses. Just imagine the exponential demand for domains when every pallet, container, box will have an RFID tag and its own address.
There are a couple stories that do a good job of explaining this emerging application.
America must invest in next-gen Internet
IPv6 has been around for a few years. It uses a new addressing scheme that allows 340 undecillion addresses. That's 34 followed by 37 zeroes.The Office of Management and Budget has set a June 2008 deadline for federal agencies to switch to the new protocol.
The Internet gets a sixth sense
Everything connected to the internet needs its own numerical address so the packets know where to go.
IPv4 offers a maximum of just over 4 billion such addresses. That could never cope with the ambitious plans to connect not just every phone, TV and computer in the world to the internet, but also things such as kettles and fridges. IPv6 solves this by providing not 4bn addresses but more than three hundred billion billion billion billion.
What are the companies that will play a role in this transformation?
Pondering has uncovered many players and opportunities. Stay tuned.