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Internet of Things: progress report on R&D work conducted by AFNIC

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Internet of Things, RFID and ONS
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an extension of the current Internet where different objects can communicate directly or indirectly with devices which themselves are connected to the Internet. The use of barcodes or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags allows such an extension.
The ONS (Object Naming Service) is the standard that enables Electronic Product Codes (EPCs) contained in RFID tags to be linked to an Internet service (for example a webpage). To achieve this, the ONS uses DNS (Domain Name System) software and infrastructure.
Federated ONS, a new model of governance
Through a structured R&D activity, AFNIC has been involved since 2007, in collaboration with GS1 France, in a project dealing with IoT and more particularly, with ONS, a technology related to its core business, the DNS. This project represents a major development for the ONS, addressing requirements expressed notably by some European political figures and major RFID and supply-chain players.
In 2009, AFNIC implemented a federated ONS platform reflecting the proposal it had published in 2008. This proposal itself was based on a document by GS1 Canada. It should be noted that all this work has been incorporated into a multi-partner project called WINGS, funded by the French Research Agency, ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche).
The aim of the federated ONS is to offer a new model of governance in which the ultimate responsibility for the management of the target ONS system no longer falls to one country or one organisation (single root), but is distributed evenly between several players (multi-root).
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(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération )
Non-profit organization, AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers (Registrars).
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About Afnic

Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.

In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.

Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.