Connecting the Physical World with the Cyber World
3 E xecutive Summary
4 I ntroducing the Future: The Extended Internet
5 T echnologies Enabling Seamless Mobility in the
5 A dvanced, cooperative wireless technology
5 Context awareness
5 P eer-to-peer awareness, self-organization
and autonomous action
7 E nergy efficiency and self-generation of power
7 New form factors
8 T he X-Internet Architecture
8 Built-in intelligence
8 A dvanced data interpretation
8 E xception-based control
9 Security and privacy
9 IP v6 addressing
10 T he Opportunities
10 I magine the Possibilities
11 A bout the Authors
In just 20 years, the Internet has fundamentally changed the way we live, learn, do business and entertain ourselves. What makes the Internet so revolutionary is that it provides a standard way for people to connect anywhere around the world.
Now, the Internet is entering a new generation of Seamless Mobility, thanks to affordable mobile devices that take advantage of new options and increased coverage for wireless connectivity. Standards-based wireless technologies and infrastructure are growing at a rate that promises to completely remove all remaining barriers to truly seamless personal interaction and knowledge transfer.
But even a ubiquitous wireless Internet isn’t the complete fulfillment of the Seamless Mobility revolution. Today’s Internet connects people to people, providing information in text, video, sound and other formats intended for use by people. The next step is to Internet-enable physical objects — connecting people with things and even things with things.
The Extended Internet, or X-Internet, will enable connectivity not just between people and their computing devices, but between actual, everyday things like windows, highways, bananas, pets, appliances and more. By enabling connectivity for virtually any physical object that can potentially offer a message, the X-Internet will affect every aspect of life and business in ways that used to be the realm of fantasy — or even beyond fantasy. Motorola is leading the way in making the X-Internet a reality. This white paper looks at the concepts, standards and technologies that are driving the X-Internet, and some of the application areas that Motorola is contributing to, now and in the coming years.
Introducing the Future: The Extended Internet
Twenty years ago, it was almost unimaginable how the brick-sized cell phone device that some top-level businesspeople were using would soon change our lives. A few years later, when e-mail was introduced, it was hard to imagine all the information, entertainment, convenience and communication that today’s Internet would bring. Similarly, the X-Internet can be difficult for people to “get” upon first hearing about it. But, without a doubt, the X-Internet will transform lives and businesses in much more powerful ways than the PC or even today’s Internet itself. Today’s Internet connects people to people. Oftentimes it’s not a direct connection, but think about it: retail sites, databases, games, content, search engines and more are all ultimately created by people, using display formats that make sense to people, with the sole purpose of serving other people. The X-Internet goes much further: It adds connectivity for physical objects, creating a wealth of new opportunities for intelligent interaction between people and things, and even between things and other things.
Like pieces of a puzzle, many of the enabling technologies and early implementations are already in place. Inexpensive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are being placed in parts, products, access cards and more to uniquely identify each item. These passive tags are tiny, inexpensive and require no battery power. Devices designed to read these RFID tags can be placed in doorways,...