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Afilias Releases Proposal for “Internet of Things” Architecture in Advance of EU Meeting

October 7, 2008

Today, at the Internet des Objets, Internet du Futur Conference, Afilias released a white paper that details a decentralized and interoperable model for implementation of Object Naming Services (ONS) and supporting Discovery Services. This model is intended as one solution to an international debate on the potential problems associated with a single, authoritative ONS system and to promote the widespread adoption of Internet of Things technology for track-and-trace and supply chain management.

“Questions are currently being asked as to whether an Internet of Things architecture can be implemented without a unique, single point of control, or ONS, at the root level,” said Brian Cute, Vice President of Discovery Services at Afilias. “Afilias believes that a decentralized, interoperable ONS architecture, combined with Discovery Services, is the ultimate model that will provide success for the evolution of the Internet of Things.”

The white paper available at http://www.afilias.info/ads/AfiliasIoTWhitePaper2008.pdf details how the DNS system used to route Internet domains (Web addresses) today can serve as a model for the initiatives focused on the future of an “Internet of Things” for tracking objects. It also describes how decentralized ONS systems can be implemented in a similar fashion to the DNS to serve the needs of businesses, governments and the public alike.

Afilias also advocates for the use of Discovery Services in conjunction with a decentralized ONS architecture. Afilias has helped lead the effort in the IETF to build a standard for Discovery Services called the Extensible Supply-chain Discovery Service (ESDS) open protocol. This protocol provides a unique, interoperable method for businesses implementing RFID networks, ONS systems or applications that track and trace objects to share and store information.

About Afilias Discovery Services

Afilias offers commercial Discovery Services which provide a common journal to store thin data about key events for products using any type of identifier, whether RFID, bar codes, UPC codes, or proprietary identification. This allows a business to have a complete record of who handled their products and when. Afilias Discovery Services provide secure and selective visibility based on various security parameters, customizable by the owner of the information, thus enabling access but preserving competitive and sensitive data. For more information on Afilias Discovery Services please visit www.afilias.info/ads

About Afilias

Afilias provides global registry services that leverage proven technology to deliver fast, reliable and secure service. Afilias’ technology supports a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registries such as .INFO, .ORG, .aero, .mobi, .asia, .me, and many country code domains. Afilias also provides services in the RFID market with its Afilias Discovery Service, which enables real-time lookup of event histories across RFID networks. Afilias maintains international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, sales offices in London, England, sales and operational facilities in Toronto, administrative offices in the U.S. near Philadelphia, PA, and operational offices in New Delhi, India. For more information on Afilias please visit www.afilias.info.