India's apex body for IT, NASSCOM, has partnered with ICANN, or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a global organization that is responsible for allocating IP addresses and managing the domain name system (DNS), for working in developing standards that will feed into the global consultation for managing Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices.

ICANN, which is often called the phone book of the internet, matches domain names with appropriate IP address numbers. Its partnership with Nasscom, which was announced last year and has so far focused on building standards for IoT, will also collaborate on other research.

Together, they will first focus on updating IoT devices using domain name system (DNS) even in a situation where the manufacturer or supplier has closed down the business.

"Future of the digital era has to be about partnerships. We have to significantly increase research and development capacity. The way we innovate has not only to solve India's problem but also of the world," Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh said.

The project team comprises ICANN's technical experts, Nasscom's Centre of Excellene-IoT team, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad, and participants from India’s Education and Research Network (ERNET). The teams began research on the DNS and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) last year.

The project aims to explore the industrial and large-scale deployment issues associated IPv6-only devices. It is being carried out with a series of simulations and experiments to explore automated updates of different kinds of IoT- enabled devices.

India, with a base of 560 million Internet users and still growing, also leads the world in the adoption of a new set of Internet addresses, called IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6). Most upcoming IoT devices are expected to have addresses belonging to IPv6.

"This collaboration provides a structure for us to jointly identify research projects, particularly in new technologies related to the internet's system of unique identifiers," said David Conrad, Chief Technology Officer, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

ICANN is a nonprofit global organization that overlooks all the internet plumbing on behalf of governments, universities and companies, as well as the public. It is a global multi-stakeholder organization that was created by the U.S. government. However, since in March 2016 ICANN is no longer overseen by the US government and its ropes is now into the hands of a lesser known organisation that will have a number of countries on board.

Source - Business Standard

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