Home is where the heart is and with increasing instances of home automation, it’s also becoming a place where technology thrives. This rapid growth in smart homes could be attributed to the popularity of mobile devices. One just doesn’t live without them these days.

The prospect of Smart Houses are made possible with a technological phenomena, often termed ‘The Internet of Things’, or IoT for short. This is a scenario in which objects are provided with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring direct interaction.

This could be as simple as a person with a heart monitor implant or a device that allows us to connected to different appliances in our home. Hook up a mobile device like an iPad or iPhone to an Aduino controller and implement different equipments to different parts of the house and we will be able to control them from one mobile terminal.

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Source: https://vulcanpost.com/39581/move-smart-watches-aside-smart-houses-next-big-thing/  



IP6 Industry Specification Group to help stakeholders adopt IPv6 and anticipate IPv4 address exhaustion

ETSI’s newly established IP6 Industry Specification Group (ISG), created to focus on better IPv6 integration and deployment, held its kickoff meeting on 22-23 April at ETSI, Sophia Antipolis, France.

IPv6 was developed to address IPv4 address exhaustion and enable new internet services with improved end to end security. ETSI’s new specification group will focus on scenarios, use cases and best practices to foster IPv6 integration and deployment in a variety of targeted communities. The first targets will be governments, enterprises, emergency and public safety organizations, internet service providers and mobile operators, academia and education. Use of IPv6 in new technologies will also be addressed, in particular Internet of Things and Machine to Machine communications, Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization, cloud computing and smart grids, to name a few. But overall, IP6 ISG will focus on integrating the IPv6 protocol into the next generation of mobile telecommunications, 5G systems, looking at the complete wireless network and the full spectrum of mobile wireless technologies. 

At this first meeting, Mr. Latif Ladid was elected as chairman of the group. He is currently the president of the IPv6 Forum and a Research Fellow at the University of Luxembourg. Mrs. Yanick Pouffary and Mr. Patrick Wetterwald, respectively from Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems, were elected as vice-chairmen.


“IP6 ISG was created to help guarantee the growth of the internet and make sure that all parts of the world, including Africa, Latin America and Asia, will be connected, as we are running out of IPv4 addresses", says Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI Director General. “Some large mobile operators have already implemented this protocol and with the arrival of the Internet of Things and the growing number of connected devices round the world, IPv6 becomes a necessity.”

Widespread adoption of IPv6 has been slow but new internet services are driving IPv6 deployment and if the current trend continues, we should achieve 50% penetration by 2017. IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, allowing 2128 addresses, that is more than 7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, this much larger address space should be sufficient for the foreseeable future. IPv6 also offers many other benefits and enhanced features compared to IPv4, such as simplified processing by routers, Quality of Service, security, IP mobility, etc. But it must cope with the demand and anticipate the full expansion of internet requirements in all parts of the world, without creating a digital divide, providing everyone and all industries with the IP addresses they need.

Participation in the IP6 Industry Specification Group is open to all ETSI members as well as organizations who are not members, subject to signing ISG Agreements. For more information on how to participate please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


About ETSI

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 800 member companies and organizations, drawn from 64 countries, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.



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The National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) - IPv6 Training Programme with funding support for the following NICF accredited IPv6 courses will be discontinued with effect from 31 May 2015.

  • NICF - IPv6 Foundation
  • NICF - IPv6 Professional
  • NICF - IPv6 Security
  • NICF - IPv6 System Administrator

This programme is targeted at Network Engineer, Technical Support Engineer, Senior Cloud Operations Engineer, Technical Support Associate and Associate Security Administrator to meet the immediate and long-term requirements of the Infocomm industry. 

To know more about IPv6 technology, please contact IPv6 Forum Authorised Training Provider, Progreso Training, at 6509 9600 or email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Trainees who have completed and passed the NICF accredited IPv6 courses delivered by Progreso Training Pte. Ltd., will be awarded with a co-badging certification from the IPv6 Education Certification Logo Program, that is recognised internationally via the IPv6 Forum and locally via the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) System.

Progreso Training has trained more than 250 professionals under the NICF accredited IPv6 programme since December 2012. There are remaining 142 seats available which Singaporeans and Singaporean PRs would be eligible for up to 70% course funding support.

Progreso Training is currently in the process of applying for the Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme (CITREP), established by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), for all the IPv6 Forum Certified Training. The funding support will be made available for Singaporean only.

The key differences of the WDA NICF Programme and CITREP as below:


Funding Programme:

NICF Programme



(Emerging Infocomm Skills)

Training Programmes

  • NICF - IPv6 Foundation
  • NICF - IPv6 Professional
  • NICF - IPv6 Security
  • NICF - IPv6 System Administrator
  • IPv6 Forum Certified Engineer (Silver)
  • IPv6 Forum Certified Engineer (Gold)
  • IPv6 Forum Certified Security (Gold)
  • IPv6 Forum Certified System Administrator (Gold)
  • IPv6 Forum Certified Programming (Gold)

Funding Support

Up to 70% of the course fee support

Up to 50% of the nett payable course and certification/assessment fees, capped at $2,500 per trainee (Pending upon application.)

Eligibility Criteria

Singaporean and PRs

- Singaporean Only (unless otherwise stipulated by IDA.)

- Government Agencies are not eligible.

Additional benefits

- Additional 20% Enhanced Training Support Subsidy on the Course Fee for SME

- Absentee Payroll Available (Applicable to company sponsored trainees who are Singaporean or PR Citizen.)


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