The move to IPv6
| 05.11.2006 | 07:06:19 | Views: 2757 | ID:
May 11 '06: Federal officials are preparing a massive infrastructure change on the internet by moving away from an outdated version which was built in the 1970's to a new internet protocol called Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).
To help the move, a summit of senior political and military leaders along with IT professionals, executives, internet service providers and first responders "will identify their visions of how the government will benefit from IPv6, how this transition will take place, and what roles industry should pursue," the summit's website read. Washington Technology reported the scheduled event taking place May 17 - 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia and that "the massive upgrade ... offers major improvements in security, mobility and interoperability."Alex Lightman, the CEO of the IPv6 Summit Inc. told WashTech, "This important conference will be a unique opportunity to hear from world experts how IPv6 can be an essential part of the solution to major problems - including response to a Katrina-style disaster, dealing with the identification and border security elements of the immigration reform issue, and helping our energy exploration and conservation efforts." Among other possibilities for IPv6 use will be the ability of first responders and law enforcement officials to be able to communicate with each other in real time with the ability to transmit video, pictures and other large amounts of information over a network connection. Matt Walton, the Chairman of the Emergency Interoperability Consortium told WashTech, "During the 9/11 tragedy, many first responders died tragically - New York firefighters were still being sent up the North Tower while a Police helicopter radioed that the South Tower was coming down. ... At the upcoming conference we will examine how the New Internet technology can finally enable them to no only talk with each other, but exchange vital data and video images."
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