The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role - however small - in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to follow and  forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offices, streets, and cities.

David H. Deans: How forward-thinking utilities are adopting the Internet of Things

Source: Most utility companies have a plan to utilize technologies that are key ingredients of the Internet of Things (IoT). As an example, the Smart Grid Sensor market will expand rapidly in the coming decade, with revenues growing nearly ten-fold, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS.  IHS forecasts that while the smart grid sensor market only accounted for less than 20 percent of total sensor sales revenues in 2014, they will account for 75 percent of the total sensor Read more about David H. Deans: How forward-thinking utilities are adopting the Internet of Things



Will Flanagan: This Chicago Kickstarter Wants to 'Democratize' the Internet of Things for Developers

Source: For most connected devices, the Internet of Things should really be called "Internet of Things That Are Connected to WiFi." If wireless is unavailable or unreliable, the device is no longer connected; it's just a thing. That's why Konekt, a Chicago-based IoT company, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new Konekt Dash developer toolkit. Dash provides programmers and entrepreneurs with the hardware needed to connect


Jay Wey : Whitepaper for the IoT Connectivity. A Cellular-type Protocol Innovation for the Internet of Things

This paper argues that there is a need for improved cellular-inspired solutions for IoT networks and their applications. These cellular IoT solutions would ideally operate on the license-free sub-GHz frequency bands. These bands offer good coverage and high data rates at no cost for using these frequencies. Moreover, this paper argues that the following characteristics of the network layers result in ‘good’ performance of IoT applications. For the physical layer (PHY), Read more about Jay Wey : Whitepaper for the IoT Connectivity. A Cellular-type Protocol Innovation for the Internet of Things



Ben Popper: Facebook pushes into the internet of things, hoping to help power your smart devices

Source: “At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook announced that it's rolling out a new software development kit for Parse, a company it acquired in 2013 that provides a cloud backend for app developers. The goal is to make it easy for apps built on Parse to share data with connected devices like smart locks and lightbulbs.
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Facebook likely hopes that this will make it easy for data to flow


Deadlines Extended: RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media

The Renewable Futures is a new conference series in the Baltic Sea and North European region that aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. It will shape new contact zones between traditionally separated domains - art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.


Jacob Morgan: Why The Internet Of Things Will Change Everything

Source: “I’ve written about the Internet of Things in several past articles. One explained everything you need to know about IoT along with an infographic and the other provided a simple explanation of IoT. Today I wanted to explore IoT even further in the latest episode of the #futurein5. We’re all familiar with people connecting to the web — we can go online on our phones, computers, etc. But, what happens when devices start to go online? For example, I have a Fitbit Surge, a smart watch that goes online and connects to my scale, my computer, and mobile phone. Conservative reports estimate around 26 billion devices Read more about Jacob Morgan: Why The Internet Of Things Will Change Everything



Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things hindered by Net Neutrality?

Source: “The decision of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the “net neutrality” principle raised concerns by European authorities that declared their intent to adopt a different solution.  And this happens in a period when the usage of bandwidth is becoming essential to ensure the growth of the Internet of Things. The position taken by the FCC is that bandwidth services will be considered “utilities” i.e. public services like water and gas


Martin Smelt : IoT Developers Day 2015 April 16th, Jaarbeurs Utrecht

Internet of Things - Manage the Complexity, Seize the Opportunity. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision gaining greater momentum for making the world with which we engage smarter and more interactive. Whether it's for intelligent homes, autonomous manufacturing, or smart cities, edge computing is bringing forward embedded devices, machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, intelligent systems, smartcards, and other secure endpoints that are becoming pervasive manifestations of technology Read more about Martin Smelt : IoT Developers Day 2015 April 16th, Jaarbeurs Utrecht



Hallie Golden: FTC launches investigative arm to tackle Internet of Things, Big data

Source: “The Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure your refrigerator's privacy policy is on the level.  On Monday, in a new push to examine consumer privacy in the realm of connected cars, smart homes and big data, the commission announced the creation of the new Office of Technology Research and Investigation.The office evolved from the agency's mobile technology unit, an entity the commission created a few years ago to address mobile technology’s own unique consumer protection challenges associated with smartphones and other mobile devices, according to Ashkan Soltani, FTC's chief technologist. 

“The hope is to bring all of these individuals together, Read more about Hallie Golden: FTC launches investigative arm to tackle Internet of Things, Big data



Internet of Things: How the next stage of the internet’s evolution will connect humans and machines

Source: "TEN years from now, while looking for a new restaurant, you’ll search Google and find a nearby prospect. You’ll peruse the menu and once intrigued, pick a dish, say, “smell,” and a special device will emit the odour of that dish.
Then, via another device, you taste a sample. Satisfied, you say, “Reservation for two, tonight, 7:30.”
Congratulations, you just made a dinner reservation in 2025.
The “Internet of Things” refers to the next stage of the Internet’s evolution.


Jim Reilly: Panasonic to Share Intellectual Property to Spur Growth of Internet of Things

Source: “NEWARK, N.J., March 23, 2015 -- Panasonic will today formally pledge to provide royalty-free access to software, patents and experience from its product ecosystem to speed the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) software and services, at the Embedded Linux Conference in San Jose, Calif. Panasonic will also announce plans to increase its intellectual property contributions to the AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry nonprofit open source consortium. Panasonic is an IoT leader


Movement in the Making: The Emergence of the Maker Movement

Source: “The maker movement is made up of some 135 million adults in the U.S., however, it’s more than just a U.S. movement. Maker faires that celebrate the movement have popped up in Japan, Italy, Norway, and Chile. Makers use their skills to craft items such as clothing, baked goods, jewelry, and art; contributing $29 billion to the U.S. economy annually.
From 3D printers to laser cutters—makers employ various tools to create their goods. Many gather at makerspaces where they share these resources. Makerspaces are havens for techies, artists, and entrepreneurs. Through crowdfunding, makers are able to facilitate small-scale funding for these gathering spaces.
Learn more about the maker movement below and how it’s influencing the way we craft.”


Ians: Internet of Things to make more cities smart: Gartner

Source: “Over a billion devices will connect people at homes and offices through the Internet of Things (IoT), making people and cities smart, global technology research firm Gartner said on Friday.  "The IoT will connect 1.1 billion devices in smart cities this year and a whopping 9.7 billion devices by 2020, while smart homes will lead with 294 million connected devices in 2015," said a report on 'Smart cities will include 10 billion things by 2020'.  IoT is a network of objects or things embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable it achieve greater value and services by exchanging data with manufacturer, operator


Leo Sun: Microsoft Corporation Bets Big on the Internet of Things

Source: “Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) recently revealed some big plans to become a major player in the booming Internet of Things, or IoT, market. At its Convergence 2015 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft unveiled the Azure IoT Suite, a cloud service which will enable billing, monitoring, analytics, and predictive maintenance in IoT deployments. The preview version will be available later this year, but it will first launch Azure Stream Analytics -- a standalone service that helps companies process IoT data in real time -- in April. Stream can also be integrated into the Azure IoT Suite.


IoTDay 2015: Taking a chance, betting on our own strength.

In the philosophy of Aristotle there are three domains of knowledge with three corresponding states of knowing; TheoriaTechné and Praxis. Theoria with its domain of knowledge epistéme, is for the Greek gods, mortals can never reach this state of knowing. But they can strive for it. In Theoria and epistéme we recognize our concepts theory and epistemology. In Techné with its domain of knowledge poèsis we find technology and poetry. The original meaning of the word 'technology' was concerned with know-how or method. Only with the Great Exhibition of 1851 it becomes attached to machines. It is therefore all the more interesting that the domain of knowledge that belonged to Praxis: phronesis has dropped out completely


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