The Internet is running out of space, and it’s got Northern Virginia technology companies–especially those that work with the government– abuzz. They’re trying to fix a big problem. Namely, all the existing net addresses (called IP addresses) will be used up within the next four years. The upgrade basically almost infinitely expands the number of addresses—and the upgrade is called Internet Protocol version 6 (or IPv6).
The Department of Defense is the leader by far among federal agencies in preparing for the transition to the latest version of the Internet, according to participants in a recent conference on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). While other offices are just beginning the shift from the current IPv4 to IPv6, with its vastly increased number of Internet addresses, DoD has already made substantial progress toward meeting its goal of becoming IPv6-compliant by 2008.
ODIN Technologies, an auto-ID consulting and integration company in Reston, Va., has produced a white paper that suggests the military could use a new version of the Internet Protocol to track items with RFID tags. The authors say that if the Electronic Product Code created
Despite a deadline to transition their network backbone infrastructure over to IPv6 from the current IPv4 standard by mid-2008, analysts say many military and civilian workers at Department of Defense and the rest of the federal government remain in the dark about IPv6 capabilities.
The vast potential of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) has drawn industry veteran David Kriegman to a new venture focused on helping military and government users explore the advantages of the coming shift in internetworking technology.