Various products are being developed to enable network connectivity for diverse intelligent devices which is designed to enable the monitoring, managing, and servicing of intelligent devices over the Internet. WinComm Solutions describe a way to connect new devices into a network in which the devices themselves will describe how to communicate with them. Many observers cite intelligent device networking as a major reason to implement server support for IPv6, a new version of the Internet Protocol that vastly expands the number of things that can be addressed in networking.
Every device on the Internet must be assigned an IP address in order to communicate with other devices. With the ever-increasing number of new devices being connected to the Internet, the need arose for more addresses than IPv4 is able to accommodate. IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, allowing 2128, or approximately 3.4×1038 addresses, or more than 7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses.
The most important development in field devices has been their growing intelligence to shift through the mountains of raw data being generated to find useful information and send it automatically to where it is needed. Building this kind of intelligence into field devices is crucial if users are going to reap benefits from the data available to them these days.