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IPv6 transition in practice – Government experience

Mr Martin Krengel - KDVZ Citkomm
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Since IPv4 addresses are no longer available, it is likely that you are already thinking how to transition your network to IPv6. But where to start? The GEN6 focuses the transition to IPv6 in existing eGovernment infrastructures (but not only there) and so the contributors can show you real practical experience for thinking ahead for your infrastructure.  

This workshop will give you an insight view on how to transit to IPv6 your existing infrastructures and services. You can participate on the joined experience from six pilots with different focus and environment. We will show you how to start the transition to IPv6 on the local scale: your data center, your website or your sensor network. If you think big, we can show you implementation examples for IPv6-ready services within Europe-wide cross-border services. 

We will show you how IPv6 can be invaluable in emergency communication systems, where seamless connectivity and reachability can help save lives. To complete the description of the current situation for real IPv6 implementation we also have a look on the ongoing transition to IPv6 in the existing web portals of the European government.

Join us for several presentations and live demonstrations!    



The first step of each IPv6 transition project is the development of basic plan for the network infrastructure and the addressing. Also it must made clear, which kind of addresses will be used in which areas of the network – and where to get them. Especially for the government in some European states national activities for a central addressing have to be taken in notice and being integrated in the planning. Fraunhofer FOKUS has developed general guidelines for address planning that are published in the GEN6 project ( The contributor gives an overview on this framework. With the second contributor from Citkomm as a data centre operator the practical implementation of this guideline will be outlined in the presentation.

Speaker / Organisation: Carsten Schmoll (Fraunhofer FOKUS), Gerold Gruber (Citkomm)


CZ.NIC is a national domain registry for .cz with a various activities including IPv6 research and deployment. CZ.NIC leads an activity focused on international benchmarking of IPv6 readiness by public administration. The presentation involves the results of IPv6 benchmarking in Europe and preliminary outcomes. This benchmarking study has analysed IPv6 support by more than 2 300 domains in nine countries. It shows especially the take of over the last nearly two years, when IPv6 got more common in Internet.

Speaker / Organisation: Jiří Průša / CZ.NIC Association


We present a set of systems infrastructure and corresponding practices for gathering energy consumption data from public school buildings over the Internet, processing them so as to find identify hidden correlations and produce actionable advice, and presenting the results in real time to its occupants over the web (or other means) so as to raise energy-awareness. Pupils become almost instantly aware of the energy consumption and environmental implications of their actions, which motivates them towards behavioral changes and the adoption of environmentally friendly practices. The proposed processes are combined with appropriate educational and social engagement tools.

Speaker / Organisation: Dr. Panagiotis Kokkinos (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, University of Patras)


This presentation will describe the different challenges and potential drivers for deploying an IPv6 ready cross-border e-Government service. To do this, an exisiting solution, the STORK platform for the European interoperability of electronic identities, will be used as a base, as an example of a generic service that can be reused by other e-Government services for cross-border authentication. Hence, the STORK solution will be analysed in the context of its applicability to the goals of GEN6 project, and the infrastructure that is being defined to support the cross-border scenario, including the interconnection of the national IPv6 networks, will also be presented.

Speaker / Organisation: Carlos Gómez Muñoz (MINHAP), Antonio Skarmeta (University of Murcia/Spain)


6inACTION communication system is a Slovenian IPv6 pilot for Advanced Emergency Response Communication System (A-ERCS). A-ERCS represents a vision of a convergent, reliable and smart communication system designed specifically for professional use in emergency situations. It represents a unique effort of IPv6 deployment and uptake in governmental environment for a highly specialized target user group, i.e., a fire fighter unit utilizing communications on field during an intervention. The talk will show a novel approach of using advanced network functionalities (i.e., NEMO, IPSec, DSMIPv6, user and sensor tracking functionalities, SSM multicast) in professional communications, enabling commercial and professional infrastructure convergence, network, host and sensor mobility, and system intelligence for automatic network planning and deployment capabilities. It will demonstrate also integration of network and sensor capabilities for “IoT-empowered emergency situations”. 6inACTION system functionalities and IoT services will be presented using a live demo environment.

Speaker / Organisation: Janez Sterle, Mojca Volk (ULFE)


Citkomm is a data centre operator. As part of the GEN6 project the different areas of the network infrastructure will be enabled for IPv6. This touches local networks; application server networks and data centre backbone as well as the Internet connection, WAN networks or secured networks to other organisations. The IPv6 transition caused several challenges and pitfalls, that the administrators had to deal with. The contributor will show the experiences that were made at Citkomm to enable the network infrastructure for IPv6. As general strategy a dual stack implementation has been chosen. Due to the variety of operated components the presentation gives a good overview on the actual state of IPv6 readiness for existing heterogeneous networks.

Speaker / Organisation: Gerold Gruber (Citkomm)

Tuesday, 18 Mar
Pre-FIA Workshop