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But let's just pay lip service to IPv4 and IPv6 first.
IPv4 is the 32-bit system designed to identify unique connections to the network (for the most part, the Internet) and in its 12-digit form (e.g. 172.16.254.1) it provides just over four billion addresses.
IPv6 being 128-bit is written in hexadecimal and so gives a maximum of 340 undecillion possible addresses.
Undecillion is 10 to the power of 36 and it comes in just under duodecillion (10 to the power of 39) tredecillion (10 to the power of 42) and quattuordecillion (10 to the power of 45).
So what you say? What will an undecillion network addresses give us?
It's the so-called 'Internet of Things' right?
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), sensors, robotics and nanotechnology will make processing power increasingly available in smaller and smaller packages so that networked computing dissolves into the fabric of things around us.
Sensors check San Francisco's famous landmark for damage
There are already examples of the technology in action. Tiny sensors are used to check San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge for structural damage and in coffee beans in Brazil for quality control.
Home automation technologies are viewed as integral additions to the Smart grid. The ability to control lighting, appliances, HVAC as well as Smart Grid applications (load shedding, demand response, real-time power usage and price reporting) will become vital as Smart Grid initiatives are rolled out. Green Automation is the term coined to describe energy management strategies in home automation when data from smart grids is combined with home automation systems to use resources at either their lowest prices or highest availability, taking advantage, for instance, of high solar panel output in the middle of the day to automatically run washing machines.