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Archive for October, 2008

The Internet of Things is named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2008

Monday, October 27th, 2008

“In September, a group of high-tech companies that includes Cisco and Sun formed the IP for Smart Objects Alliance. Simply put, the organization intends to create a new kind of network that will allow sensor-enabled physical objects — appliances in your home, products in a factory, cars in a city — to talk to one another, the same way people communicate over the Internet.”

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Stand by for internet-enabled everything

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

A look at how life will change as the third era of the internet dawns, leading to internet-enabled everything.

“…Some time between now and 2010, the internet is poised to reach beyond virtual space and take root in the physical world. According to many futurists, almost every object you see around you carries the possibility of being connected to the internet. This means your domestic appliances, clothes, the books on your shelves and car in the driveway may one day soon be assigned a unique IP address, just as computers and webpages are assigned them today to enable them to talk to each other.”

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What’s Next For IP Networks?

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Bringing networking technology to “dumb” devices is becoming a reality, which could lead to lower operating costs for small businesses.

“…While networks have been used to automate many types of devices, the costs to do so with simpler devices such as light sensors, temperature controls, actuators, security systems and appliances has been prohibitive. These devices have been largely controlled by proprietary devices and networks, which have been difficult to deploy and support.  But a consortium of suppliers, the IP for Smart Objects (IPSO) Alliance, wants to change that.”

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Atmel, Cisco and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) Collabore to Support a Future Where Any Device Can Be Connected to the Internet

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

A new powerful collaboration supports a future where any device can be connected to the Internet.

“Atmel Corporation, Cisco and the Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) today announced the availability of uIPv6, one of the world’s smallest open-source, IPv6-ready protocol stack, which could enable every device, no matter how limited by power or memory to have an Internet Protocol address.  This collaborative project builds on Cisco’s expertise in IP networking, Atmel’s innovative low-power wireless hardware and SICS’ knowledge in embedded operating systems design. “uIPv6 has the potential to impact a wide range of market verticals where automation is key, just as voice over IP did in enterprise telephony,” said Rob Adams, senior director of Cisco’s Corporate Development technology group.”

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