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.

Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: Proximity, System Thinking, Affect #iot design principles for challenges: climate change, peak oil, social breakdown

Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: The authors articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest. Nold and Kranenburg propose tangible design interventions that challenge an internet dominated by commercial tools and systems, emphasizing that people from all walks of life have to be at the table when we talk Read more about Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: Proximity, System Thinking, Affect #iot design principles for challenges: climate change, peak oil, social breakdown



Ben van Lier: Cyber-physical systems, complexity and emergence

Source: “In July 2014 a 40-tonne truck took its first autonomous ride in Germany. This autonomous truck is supposed to be able to navigate through European traffic independently by 2025. Thanks to all sorts of technological possibilities, the traditional physical truck is slowly but surely becoming a cyber-physical system.
One of these new technologies is the truck's special LED lighting. When the lighting turns orange, other drivers know that the truck is driving autonomously. If the lighting is blue the driver is controlling the vehicle.


Antonio Jara: OMA LwM2M TestFest in Dusseldorf (Germany) the 26-29 January 2015

OMA LWM2M is one of the most relevant standards for the Internet of Things, it is supported over CoAP, HTTP, etc. It is the basis for oneM2M, and it is one of the unique options to be able to interoperate between cellular and capillary networks.
This event will also hold a workshop the 28th January with key contributions from


Chloe Green: Making the Internet of Things a business reality

Source: “The Internet of Things is about far more than just connectivity. We live in a world that is becoming more and more connected. No longer do we just connect computers, tablets, and phones to the internet. Increasingly it is now possible to connect any powered device to a network. Known as the Internet of Things (IoT), such a concept is set to change the way we do business, but only if it is utilised properly. There has been much press about how significant the impact of IoT will be. For instance, Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group estimates that next year there will be around 25 billion connected


Marc Wilczek: Are companies ready to embrace the Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is an obscure sounding name for any collective technology, even in an industry sector where jargon and buzzwords are common. To give a  brief overview, the Internet of Things refers to a “collective of internet-connected consumer devices, manufacturing systems, business tools, customer service appliances, medical equipment, agricultural sensors and other things.” Many of us are now somewhat familiar with the term in the consumer space, but it has plenty of business applications too.


Eyes On The Hood - Citizen Sensing: Systems Thinking for Sustainability in the Networked Age

Source: ......."Dashboards need data. Lots of it. While Cybersyn relied on Cybernet, hundreds of telex machines to gather data, advances in ICT allow us to access data not just from enterprise systems but also from sensors and mobiles used in all sorts of environments. Take the city of Santander (Spain) for example. SmartSantander involves the design, deployment and validation of a platform composed of sensors, actuators, cameras, mobile terminals, etc. Read more about Eyes On The Hood - Citizen Sensing: Systems Thinking for Sustainability in the Networked Age



Ben Einstein: No, You Can’t Manufacture That Like Apple Does Startups can’t do things the same way big companies do

Source: “Startups and big companies differ in a lot of ways. When it comes to hardware, the gulf between the two is massive. Early-stage startups are painfully under-financed. This lack of capital makes manufacturing one of the most critically dangerous periods in a young company’s life. One tiny mistake in a design, tool, or QC process and BAM, you’re out of business.
There are no second chances in hardware.
At least once a week,


Roger Birkinshaw, Director of Housing, Capita software services business

Source: "Roger Birkinshaw, Director of Housing, Capita software services business: Currently more than one in 10 local authority homes are classed as 'non-decent', ie they don't meet a basic standard to be warm, weatherproof and have reasonably modern facilities. 
Authorities spent more than £2 billion last year making basic repairs to their housing stock, including replacing boilers, fitting insulation and rewiring.
But what if providers could hardwire their homes so they can predict when these repairs will be needed?


Won't necessarily follow Western practices in making smart cities: Venkaiah Naidu

Source: “Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said India need not necessarily follow Western practices in building its own smart cities.
Naidu said nature, culture and prosperity should go hand in hand and that smart cities in India should be developed keeping in mind the Indian culture and traditions and need not necessarily follow the western practices.
He was delivering the keynote address at the US-India Smart Cities Conclave here.”


John Barco: The Internet of Things (IoT) will fail if security has no context

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) has everyone giddy. You can record shows with your phone that you forgot to set on your DVR before you left the house. You can unlock your house without a key or turn on your lights before you get home. You can turn on the heater remotely so it's nice and toasty before you step in the door. Much more is to come; there's buzz about the connected car, healthcare devices, and the endless possibilities. Analysts at IDC predict IoT spending will exceed $7.3 trillion by 2017. While all this is great for improving the consumer


Kathleen Tracy: ZigBee Announces New Internet of Things Standard

Source: “The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services.
The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports that “all device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available to developers in the new standard.”


Sean Auriti: the eCan

Source: "It brings technology, my area of lifelong expertise, to something everybody uses everyday. If you guessed, "the toilet" then you are very close! It's the other kind of waste. If you have been through NYC or any other city lately, you may have noticed it flying around everywhere. We need to fix this! At one of the many hackathons I have won in my career, my team and I came up with the idea for Emrals and the eCan, an interactive trash can that rewards people for cleaning up and a bunch of other stuff you would never expect, but pretty soon, will not be able to do without! Here is a recent video explaining how Emrals and the eCan work


Daniel Burrus: The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

Source: “When people talk about “the next big thing,” they’re never thinking big enough. It’s not a lack of imagination; it’s a lack of observation. I’ve maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don’t need to imagine what’s already there.
Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things.
What’s the buzz? The Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors;


Brian Heaton: Internet of Things Helps Cities with Snow Removal

Source: “Buffalo, N.Y., is currently experiencing a lake-effect storm, with around 70 inches of snow expected in the heaviest bands through at least Thursday. This city and others are using the Internet of Things and sensor data to more efficiently plow the roads during winter storms. As the U.S. begins to feel winter’s icy grasp, a number of cities are turning to GPS data and the Internet of Things to help keep the roads clear during snowstorms. Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo, N.Y. (parts of which received 60 inches of snow on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather), are among the many


Matt Cicciari: What’s Missing from the Industrial Internet of Things Conversation? Software


Source: “These days, you can hardly have a technology conversation without talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). And when that conversation shifts its focus to the industrial sector, including energy, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities, and petrochemicals, among others, the discussion changes to what is being called the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT).
So what is all this hype about? The convergence of cheap processing, unending storage


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