Chapter 3

Why IP for Smart Objects?

In this chapter we argue that IP is the future for smart object networks. There is already a significant momentum for IP-based smart objects as demonstrated by the growing amount of products and systems built upon the principles laid out in this book. In this chapter, we review the challenges inherent to smart object networks, as presented in Chapter 1, and review them in light of the IP architecture discussed in Chapter 2.

Although we advocate the use of the IP architecture and protocols for smart objects, we do not advocate that all smart object networks should be connected to the public Internet. There are some smart objects connected to the Internet, for example, to send data to a central database, but this ...

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