Looking for an architecture for the internet of things? Try DNS.

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The same system we use to keep track of web site addresses should be adapted for identifying devices on the internet of things, says Andrew Sullivan, the director of architecture at DYN. In this week’s podcast Sullivan explains why we should use the domain name system for the internet of things (a plan that Google also seems to be endorsing with its Physical Web) and what it might take to adapt URLs for devices.

His argument is that other schemes might be technically better, but would require everyone to adopt an entirely new architecture, which is a pretty rare event in the world of tech standards. So by using something that we know can scale and is already in place we can move faster toward devices that can connect to the web and share information on demand. Before we get to the in-depth architecture conversation, Kevin Tofel and I discuss the new Microsoft Band activity tracker, some improvements for Nest and a few questions I have about upgrading a smart home hub.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Andrew Sullivan director of Architecture at DYN.

  • Kevin really likes the Microsoft Band. Here’s why.
  • I really like two new Nest features because I’m simple that way
  • Why use DNS for the internet of things? Plus a bit on Google’s plans.
  • Who will manage the internet of things’ domain name servers?
  • Why using DNS may not make sense

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