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    Google Joins Movement for

    ‘Internet of Things’
   t    he IPSO Alliance, which promotes the use of internet
        protocol (IP) for smart object communications, has added
    a new heavy hitter to its lineup. Google has joined the
                                                                       simply not enough to go around. Intec NetCore estimates
                                                                       that all of the IPv4 addresses will be exhausted in
                                                                       September 2011.
    organization—with the end goal of connecting not only cars,           Before that happens, however, the framework will be
    phones, and computers but even mundane appliances such             switched from the 32-bit IPv4 to IPv6, which is a 128-bit
    as smoke detectors and microwaves. With the addition of            system, resulting in many more available addresses.”
    Google and four other companies (FUJITSU, Echelon Corp.,           There’s enough addresses in IPv6 to give each grain of
    the Elster Group, and Augusta Systems), the alliance totals        sand in the world its own IP address,” Mulligan says.
    53 member companies.                                               While an internet of things will most likely not include
       The end result of IPSO Alliance’s vision, according to          grains of sand, connecting appliances and other devices to
    chairman Geoff Mulligan, is an “internet of things.” In an         the internet would certainly necessitate the availability of
    internet of things, household electronics would contain            more IP addresses.
    computer chips that allow them to connect to the internet. In         Interest in the IPSO Alliance is not necessarily linked to
    this case, if a smoke detector goes off, it would call the fire    a desire to create a more-wired set of home appliances on
    department and shut off the gas in the house, Mulligan says.       Google’s part. Instead, the search giant is more likely
    What’s more, the homeowner could be notified via text              interested in the data aggregation possibilities that the back
    message if he or she is out of the house.                          end of an internet of things provides. “Google wants to
       “That kind of thing could be done today with IP,”               collect information,” Mulligan says. “They say, not
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