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Mastering Internet of Things by Peter Waher

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Introducing Thing Registry

On the internet, you cannot multi-cast information freely, for scalability and security reasons. While the IPv6 protocol allows for multi-casting on many layers, the feature is often restricted in routers. But you can achieve a similar feature by the introduction of a neutral third party: a Thing Registry. Thing Registries act as bulletin boards for things. When things are installed and get their network identity, they can register their existence, network identity, and conceptual identity on the registry. The network identity would typically be the communication address (and protocol) used to communicate with the thing. The conceptual identity would include meta-information about the thing, such as class, type, ...

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