The Internet of Things revolution is happening -- one network operator, beach condo, and early-adopting grandfather at a time. 

IPv6 solves the scarcity of addresses and restores end-to-end transparency by eliminating the need for NAT. The only current shortcoming to IPv6 is how slowly it's being rolled out, but I see this changing. The latest World IPv6 Launch measurements published by the Internet Society (ISOC) show an increase in network operator deployment. For example, Comcast is currently at 28%, about 10 times its rate from a year ago.  As service providers bring IPv6 connectivity to the home, users need to make sure the appliances and other devices they buy are capable of using IPv6 as a transport.

Your service provider might not be supplying IPv6 yet, but it will soon. Make sure that shiny new connected device won't become a paperweight when IPv6 is brought to your house.

To help users make informed purchasing decisions, the IPv6 Forum has created a test program that allows users to see devices that can be deployed on an IPv6 network. This "IPv6 Ready Logo" program tests interoperability and conformance to the IPv6 standards. 

Only devices that have passed are listed on the site, so users can go directly to the IPv6 Ready Logo site or look on the device for the IPv6 Ready Logo sticker. The Forum recently launched the IPv6 Ready Logo for customer edge routers to help users select routers that will properly support IPv6 IETF Standards. 

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Source: InformationWeek (by Timothy Winters)

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Local IPv6 Forum "Levels Up" to Support Singapore's Smart Nation Effort

Lawrence Hughes has relocated to Singapore to launch Sixscape Communications Pte Ltd. together with Victor Tang, who is currently Chair of the Singapore IPv6 Forum. Mr. Hughes will join Mr. Tang in co-chairing the Singapore Chapter of the IPv6 Forum.

The Singapore IPv6 Forum has already been very active in IPv6 advocacy and events around Singapore. It works closely with the Singapore government's Infocomm Development Authority (iDA), most local telcos and ISPs, and other organizations to promote the adoption of IPv6 in Singapore. Mr. Hughes will be adding significant new technical expertise to the Singapore chapter.

Singapore has certified roughly half of all IPv6 Forum certified professionals in Asia/Pac, and is a regional leader in terms of percent of AS networks that actually have measured IPv6 prefixes present. According to the chart at http://v6asns.ripe.net/v/6, Japan is the current Asia/Pac leader in this metric at 41.19%, with Singapore a close second at 39.74%. The APNIC region as a whole is currently at 21.11%. The global average is 18.46%.

The Singapore government is currently launching a major effort to become the first "Smart Nation" with greatly enhanced connectivity to become a leader in the coming Internet of Things (IoT). For details, see https://www.ida.gov.sg/About-Us/Newsroom/Media-Releases/2014/Singapore-Unveils-Building-Blocks-of-Smart-Nation-Vision. Widespread adoption of IPv6 is essential to this effort, and the Singapore IPv6 Forum is heavily involved in this ambitious undertaking.

Sixscape Communications has developed new Internet protocols (IRP, port 4604 and SixChat, port 4605) and a new infrastructure (the Global Identity Registry) that are key to scaling Internet address registration and security to the unprecedented levels required for the Internet of Things and Smart Nation efforts.

Mr. Hughes said "We look forward to working with local government agencies and other stakeholders to make Singapore the first real 'Smart Nation', to serve as a model for other countries to leap forward into the 21st century. IPv6 is absolutely crucial in this effort, and Singapore is well prepared to leverage this technology to help this effort succeed. This is a very exciting time to be in Singapore."

Lawrence E. Hughes is a 40+ year veteran of many Internet companies and is a recognized authority in IPv6 and Public Key Infrastructure. IPv6 is the latest version of the fundamental protocol underlying Internet communications, and is being deployed worldwide now. By 2017, Internet traffic over IPv6 is expected to surpass traffic over the older IPv4 in volume.

Sixscape Communications, Pte. Ltd. is a Singapore based company that creates and sells Internet applications that feature strong support for IPv6 and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). They are doing pioneering work in the area of End2End Direct secure communications, made possible by IPv6. More information is available at www.sixscape.com.  

The IPv6 Forum is a worldwide organization with over 70 national or regional chapters all over the world, to provide advocacy and training for the deployment of IPv6 in each area. More information is available at www.ipv6forum.org

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IPv6 deployment worldwide is becoming a reality now with some countries achieving more than 10% user penetration and Belgium and Switzerland reaching double digit v6 coverage according to Google IPv6 statistics.

The USA remains by far the biggest adopter of IPv6 with over 18 million users followed by Germany, Japan and China with some five million users. Worldwide IPv6 deployment has passed the 3% bar doubling every six months. If this trend continues, we should achieve 50% by 2017 which would be the inflection point whenthe full roll-out of IPv6 becomes a strategic plumbing decision for the networks, a situation that has been avoided so far because of numerous strategic and resource issues (top management decision-making, lack of v6 skilled engineers and v6 deployment best practices, very limited ISP v6 access deployment, ...). The Middle East has seen many activities in this field with the creation of IPv6 Forum chapters ( Saudi IPv6 Task Force, UAE IPv6 Task Force, Oman IPv6, Egyptian and Jordanian IPv6 Task Forces to name a few). The telecom regulators Saudi CICT, UAE TRAI, and Oman TRAI have been very proactive in organising events to promote the adoption of IPv6. New topics are now in the limelight such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, SDN, NFV, and 5G. However, these fields are taking IP networking for granted, designing them on IPv4/NAT building non-scalable and non-end to end solutions.

The IPv6 Forum is driving new initiatives to garner support and create awareness in these areas with initiatives such as the IEEE Comsoc IoT, SDN-NFV and5G Emerging Technical Subcommittees: http://www.comsoc.org/about/committees/emerging%20 High level representatives from the Middle East and North African IPv6 communities present status reports on progress and debate the hurdles that need to be taken down to manage a smooth transition to IPv6.

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