Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPV4), is the fourth revision of the internet protocol which has been used to standardise data communications over various networks.  IPV4 was released in 1981 and has been vigorously adapted to meet the ever changing, fundamental requirements of the internet.  However, the explosive growth of the internet over the years had not been predicted during the design phase of IPV4 and the problems we face today lie with the amount of IPV4 addresses and the consumer demand for internet connectivity.  Every device connected to the internet is required to have its own unique IP address in order to communicate successfully.


IPV4 addresses are usually written in the dot-decimal notation, which consists of four octets.  These 32-bit IPV4 addresses can provide up to 4.2 billion unique internet protocol addresses, all of which have now all been consumed.  The response to the exhaustion of IP addresses was to release a new internet protocol, version 6.  IPV6 uses 128-bit hexadecimal, so providing 3.4×10^38 addresses for internet devices to use.  Furthermore, the deployment of IPV6 allows for better routing, better security and more efficient packet processing.


Since the transition of CCTV to high definition IP video surveillance systems, installing a sufficient networking infrastructure has become of greater importance within all installations.  It is widely accepted within the IT industry and by WOT, that eventually IPV6 will completely take over IPV4.  WOT has prepared for this by ensuring that their engineers are comprehensively trained in this field.  Their training has covered all key principles within IPv4 and the up and coming IPv6.  All engineers have been expansively educated in the best practises of configuring networks and installing video surveillance systems to existing networks resources.  In practise, this allows WOT engineers to install video surveillance systems which consistently perform to their maximum capabilities, regardless of size.  A standard which WOT achieve on each and every installation.

This is just one of the many innovative transitions WOT Fire & Security Group has made as part of their commitment to growth as a dynamic, technology based security installer.