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.

Claire Swedberg: Beacons Spice Up Sales at McDonald's

Source: “Following a months-long trial of Bluetooth beacons at 26 McDonald's franchises in Columbus, Ga., mobile app technology company Piper, located in San Diego, is deploying its technology at other McDonald's restaurants throughout Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The trial—involving the installation of two beacons at each restaurant (one at the drive-through window and another at the sales counter inside) and a Piper app that provided consumers with promotional data, employment information and questionnaires—found that the technology boosted sales of the items being promoted by between 7.5 and 8 percent Read more about Claire Swedberg: Beacons Spice Up Sales at McDonald's



Jack Moore: There is still no governmentwide definition of the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things may be the biggest tech buzzword of 2014. The number of Internet-connected sensors, trackers and other assorted things could grow to as many as 50 billion devices by 2020, according to some estimates -- enough for every human on Earth to have seven such devices. But for the government, that term means different things to different people. A report issued last month by the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, made up of corporate executives who advise the White House on tech policy, called


Eleanor Burns: Finalists of the CODE_n15 CONTEST will present their IoT business models at CeBIT 2015.

Source: “400 start-ups from around the globe have entered their business models for the CODE_n15 CONTEST. This year the competition is focusing on the Internet of Things, with the motto "Into the Internet of Things". Submissions from over 40 countries have been submitted, all fighting for one of the 50 places in the finale. Finalists will be announced at the end of January 2015. The 50 finalists, chosen by an independent jury, will have the chance to present their ideas to industry experts and the international


Julian David: The internet of things: a second digital revolution worth trillions

Source: “The (UK) government’s chief scientific adviser has released his long-awaited review on the internet of things (IoT), which was commissioned by the Prime Minister earlier this year.
Sir Mark’s Walport’s review is comprehensive and authoritative. It provides welcome recommendations on how the UK can seize an opportunity worth trillions of pounds. The report has three particularly laudable qualities:
First, its focus on how practical applications of IoT can deliver benefits to key areas such as energy, healthcare, agriculture, transport and buildings.


Amy-jo Crowley: A Government-backed body is investing £1m in seven UK start-ups

Source: “The winners in full are Digital Shadows, Product Health, Arjun Technology, London Cambridge Cycle, OpenTRV and Superflux.
A Government-backed body is investing £1m in seven UK start-ups in a bid to help them grow their businesses for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
The money is part of the former Technology Strategy Board, now Innovate UK's, £400m annual budget after it launched a competition to create more innovation in the areas of IoT, especially in London and Cambridge.


Mark Wilson: Microsoft's view of 2015: Internet of Things, security, and machine learning

Source: “Companies are always forward-looking, but it's at this time of year that this is really focused on. Consumers are excited to see what products they'll be able to get their hands on in the year ahead, businesses want to know what services the coming year has to offer, and technology enthusiasts are keen to learn about what projects are in the works.
Today, Microsoft shares its view of which areas of technology are going to be of the greatest importance for businesses in 2015. Corporate Vice President


Guy Daniels: Deriving meaning and value from the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) sector is forecast to experience explosive growth over the next few years, with embedded communications capabilities in an ever-increasing range of products and devices......“There is a massive shift in the market where the remote device at the edge is quickly becoming an incredibly strategic tool to share and collect data, enable more informed decision making, and deliver the best customer experience possible,” said Edzard Overbeek, SVP, Cisco Services. “But, if customers don't have the right analytics solutions in place to make sense of it, that data is useless.””


Surd Kar: FoundationDB extends NoSQL database to gear up for Internet of Things

Source “With the arrival of highly distributed applications (as found in Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and others) and the Internet of Things, SQL databases have proven inadequate in terms of scalability, ease of management, cost and deployment in the cloud. This has led to over a year of innovation working towards highly distributed database technology to support distributed application models. In an effort to combine the best technologies, database platform startup FoundationDB has created a NoSQL database to address these problems.


Chris Lange: 4 Top Internet of Things Stocks for 2015

Source: "As we continue to advance, more businesses and companies come on the scene to innovate new technologies that can make our lives easier and further connect us. Merrill Lynch has highlighted a trend in this vein that it sees growing in 2015 and the years to come. The firm believes that connected devices will emerge as a top multi-sector investment theme, which in turn will drive revenue growth in technology and operational cost efficiencies across multiple sectors.
Merrill Lynch would define this phenomenon as: “There are several names such as Pervasive Computing,


Strukhkoff: Cloud Foundry Foundation Begins Long Journey

Breathe in, breathe out. Relax. Be cool. I'm telling myself all these things as my mind hyperventilates a bit about the sudden turbulence in the world of Cloud Foundry - turbulence that thereby affects all of PaaS, and all of cloud computing. Globally, IT will spend about $2.1 trillion this year (according to a Gartner report), and cloud computing still represents a small overall percentage of that. Whether that percentage is 5% or 8% seems irrelevant to me. Why? Because I think we can be sure that over the next generation, the entire world of enterprise IT will migrate to the cloud in one way or another. Read more about Strukhkoff: Cloud Foundry Foundation Begins Long Journey



Rob van Kranenburg: Extreme Centralization & Extreme Decentraliztion

The world is rapidly drawn into one dominant worldview; that of efficiency as the sole generator of human meaningful action, sponsored by one region in the world, Silicon Valley by a combination of 90% engineers and 10% marketeers interested in wealth, power, ego and speed as the driving quality of the last thinkable ‘essentiality’.

This combination is lethal on any intelligence that is more delicate, multi-layered and ‘slow’. Read more about Rob van Kranenburg: Extreme Centralization & Extreme Decentraliztion



Jack Palmer: CTS is the must-attend connected car event during International CES®

The Consumer Telematics Show 2015 (Jan 5, Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas) is the annual New Year meeting point for senior connected car execs. CTS is the must-attend connected car event during International CES® Watch the world-first presentations from Volvo, Audi and Nissan as they guide you through the business case behind their vision for the future of the connected car.  Engage in debate with 30+ speakers incl. Jaguar Land Rover, Panasonic, Kia and Honda during 14 sessions, giving insight on the IoT & the car, HMI design, cyber security & more


Simon Bisson and Mary Branscombe: Little computers, everywhere: Makers and the Internet of Things

Source: “Growing up in the heyday of 8-bit computing, it wasn't difficult for me to start coding - and to start building my own early Internet of Things (IoT). With a box of bits from a surplus electronics store, several metres of ribbon cable, some Meccano, and a BBC Model B, I had a robot crawling around a school electronics lab, following lines and hiding in the darkest corners. So how do we give students today the same experiences, as computers become sealed appliances? It's a question a lot of people have been asking,


Charlton Adams Jr: The Internet of Things and the Connected Person


Source: “The IoT is a developing technological marvel. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 to 100 billion devices will be electronically connected in the globally emerging IoT. But at the center of the innovation that is unfolding across all geographic, industrial and technological borders is not so much those devices that are being linked together but the “connected person.” At the center is the human being who is making use of the applications and services that are enabled by the devices — the things — and their unprecedented integration provided in the IoT.


Steve Banker: Edward Snowden and the Downside to the Industrial Internet of Things.

Source: “The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the use of Internet of Things technologies by industrial organizations to deliver better performance and enhance competitive advantage — not only in an individual facility, but across an industrial organization’s supply chain and throughout its value network.
There have been many articles forecasting the explosive growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).   Without a doubt, IIoT things – industrial


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