Back to Blog • Posted on October 7, 2014 by admin
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, linked to as the Internet of Things (IoT), emphasizes the communication of devices to other devices, often in a one-to-many or many-to-many approach. This bypasses the need for human intervention, allowing information to be conveyed from the device supplying data to a recipient device that processes such data. The number of applications of this is immense, from home automation systems to power supply controls; from automatic security protocol implementation, to ensuring the status of all parts of a car, or fleet of cars, are centrally managed. However, widespread adoption is still yet to be realized until an invention or policy widely establishes the new version of the Internet Protocol (IPv6) across the globe.
Ipv6 is an updated set of rules for registering the name of devices on the Internet. This is an upgrade to IPv4, which has previously set the rules governing the naming of Internet device identification. While IPv6 has a variety of provisions that can facilitate M2M adoption along the lines of security and reliability, perhaps the most important feature IPv6 provides is an almost unlimited number of possible addresses that can be assigned to devices. This IPv4 limit holds back the practicality of M2M, and currently is at the root of a backlog of technology innovations yet to be established.
IPv6 will allow each device to have its own unique identifier. With it, there is no need to closely provision the allotment of addresses, as device manufacturers no longer have to worry about running out of addresses. There will exist a vastly greater pool available.
By having the ability to distribute IP addresses to a variety of devices, machines can freely send their data to whatever other devices they might need to. When the scope of Internet addresses is unbounded, devices no longer need to take into factors that currently limit the promulgation of this paradigm, such as how many devices can have an address, or how many relays are available.
IPv6 frees up the ability to allow the diferent parts of a system, or the different parts of an object, to identify and communicate with other nodes that could benefit from the data provided. Reports of data, and systems of data, can automatically be generated and emerge from this automatic communication.
Innovation in the M2M space is huge, though implementation is still held back. The freedom that an invention or innovation that firmly establishes IPv6 as the protocol through which Internet communication occurs by default will allow developers to loosen their guard, an open their mind, to the unlimited possibilities and unrealized potential that M2M can offer.