October 03, 2008

Web 3.0...the internet of things


If second generation internet or 'Web 2.0' has become synonymous with blogging, social networking (e.g. Facebook) and content sharing (e.g. YouTube) the future lies in the web as a self-sufficient entity capable of intelligently linking objects together and allowing appliances, sensors, vehicles and other devices to be pre-programmed to communicate and carry out operations. This 'internet of things', aided by portable devises, has the
potential to deliver flexible new applications such as interactive control of energy consumption, safety systems in
vehicles and roads, and building security.

There is also huge potential to enable cost-effective and productive commercial transactions such as automatically
reordering supplies once existing stocks have been detected to have run low. In a 29 September communication the
Commission outlined five challenges to developing and deploying Web 3.0:
- Stimulating investment and competition in new fibre optic networks (forcing dominant operators to open access to cabling trenches);
- Moving toward 'broadband for all';
- Promoting open norms;
- Changing to internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) to compete with the future shortage of IP addresses under the
current version (IPv4); and
- Protecting privacy and safety (a Commission paper on the use of radio frequency identification microchip tags is already underway).

A public consultation, open untill 28 November, on the private and public initiatives to be undertaken is attached to
the Communication.
http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/di
spatch?form=IOTconsultation

Posted by iroronan at October 3, 2008 07:43 PM

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