March 14, 2019
It was an experiment. A researcher thing. 30 years later, 25 billion objects are connected and communicate together through the World Wide Web.
In March 1989, Berners-Lee laid out his vision for what would become the web in a document called Information Management: A Proposal. For him, the point was to “take information from one system and convert it so it could be inserted into another system.”
Of course, he did not do it alone and technological bricks were already in place. Vint Cerf and people he worked with had figured out the Internet Protocol, and also Transmission Control Protocol. Paul Mockapetris and friends had figured out the Domain Name System. People had already used TCP/IP and DNS to make email, and other cool things. It was the combination of the Hypertext and those open standards protocols that are behind the invention and the Web.
To do so, fundamental technology bricks we use today on a daily basis were written 30 years ago:
The World Wide Web and Internet Protocols technologies have been proven for more than 30 years. More than technical communication tools, they rely on strong values such as openness, interconnection, universality, and neutrality. Beyond the technical community, this movement is rooted in many fields and way of proceeding. We see more and more decentralized and cooperative organizations.
Today, we are moving from connecting everyone to connect everything. New smart devices are spreading into our physical environment. Billions of them will join and share new resources to create valuable data for AI and future services.
Open standards such as the Internet Protocol is unifying all communications in the world. It helps any application to talk to any device through any network without any of them having to worry about the details. Acklio provides the means to “Internetize” any IoT technology. So, connected services and applications do not have to worry anymore about the longevity of a given LPWAN technology.
Internet Protocols provides extensible protection mechanisms, which enable the highest level of security if used correctly. Today, thanks to Acklio, Internet Protocols mechanisms can fit and be used to integrate transparently LPWA networks, devices and applications into existing Information Systems while keeping the security as a top priority.
Take what made the success of the Web and adapt it to the IoT, despite the constraints of objects and networks. This is the challenge that Acklio takes up.
The IETF is the organism behind the evolution and the standardization of the Internet.
It defines CoAP as a revolutionary new protocol. CoAP retains the same principles as the Web but compatible with the Internet of Things environment. The Internet remained a researcher’s protocol until the day the Web, HTTP, has arrived. The Internet of Things will only take off when we will have the principles of the Web associated with IoT technologies networks. And CoAP, as an energy efficient transport and semantics protocols, is the perfect candidate to accelerate this adoption.
Internet Protocols are simple, true. But more than that, they are pragmatical and practical. As uses and needs are evolving, new open standards are designed to make the Internet work better. This is why, by promoting open standards solution, we want to be sure this movement is being preserved. Don’t reinvent the wheel and preserve this common good.