Response to IPv6/IPsec Technology
How Ricoh Tackles Latest Telecommunication Platform Technologies
When we use the Internet, a communication protocol called IP (Internet Protocol) is being used. Currently, the version is IPv4 (IP version 4). When communicating with this IP, a unique number called the IP address is always needed to identify the destination address.
Possible IP addresses (IPv4 address) for IPv4, however, are running short, causing serious problems. In IPv4, there are only 232 (approx 4.3 billion) IP addresses; these will be soon exhausted. Imagine increased demand for automobiles—vehicle identification numbers could run short and people would not be able to register a new car. This problem is analogous to the shortage of IPv4 addresses.
A new IP called 'IPv6' (IP version 6) has been designed and implemented to solve the problem. IPv6 has approx 2128 (approx 340 undecillion, meaning 340 trillion, trillion trillion) of IP addresses, which is virtually infinite. Many companies like telecommunication carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), hosting, and housing services companies have already launched IPv6 services.
Greater number of people is concerned with security when using network, so the significance of using IPsec in offices is becoming increasingly important. This is so because the technology collectively detects encryption and modification of communications running on the platform technology we call IP.
Very early on, we started working for cutting edge telecommunication platform technologies and conducted research and development to make implementation possible. We are now launching them in our products. In 2002, we unveiled our prototype of IPv6 supporting products and started sales in 2005. Two years later in 2007, we released products supporting IPsec; today we are committed to providing many new products to deliver even greater support. We have also obtained the IPv6 Ready Logo certification, and are dedicating further efforts to improve our quality.
Leveraging Cutting Edge Telecommunication Platform Technologies
IPsec can encrypt various communications in bulk and secure the completeness of telecommunications. Providing collective communication security for printers and MFPs will ease the minds of customers concerned with higher security.
IPv6 and IPsec have long histories, but their technologies are still immature and people still seek optimum operation. We have stayed ahead of our competitors in the platform technology world by launching support early on, giving us an advantage with experience. Using the expertise we’ve gained, we can make the best possible proposals to our customers on the front line.
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