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.

Mark Breading: Insurance, Innovation & the Internet of Things

Source:  “What we've seen with vehicle telematics is just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine the same types of implications (and more) for every tangible item that the industry insures.
 
The Internet of Things is a hot topic these days. In the eyes of a few P&C insurance leaders, it is more than just a new tech trend to study -- it is the path to differentiation and a new future for the insurance industry. But let’s step back and explore why some are thinking in those terms, how the Internet of Things (IoT)


Stacey Higginbotham: See how a Brooklyn nonprofit is using the internet of things for environmental justice

Source: “A Brooklyn nonprofit has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund air quality monitors that it hopes to deploy around the country to get people involved in reducing pollution. HabitatMaps has launched a crowdfunding campaign for an air quality monitoring sensor that it wants people to wear so it can collect data on pollution in New York. The campaign is more about generating publicity and covering the costs of manufacturing the sensors, but the approach


Daniel Price: The Internet of Things – As Easy as Child’s Play

Source: "Google, Apple, Samsung and Amazon – the leading tech companies of the world would have you believe that designing devices and software for the internet of things is technically challenging, expensive, and requires great expertise. How else could they justify charging some of the sky-high prices for their latest products?
A twenty three year old is now challenging that notion with ‘SAM’ – dubbed as being the ‘lego of the internet’. Its aim is to offer an electronics kit made up of wireless, rechargeable,


David Meyer: Samsung invests in internet of things identity management platform Evrythng

Source: “The amount of the investment is not yet known, nor are the specific details of the accompanying collaboration, but Evrythng’s “Facebook for things” approach could gel with Samsung’s open-platform aspirations.
Samsung and Evrythng, the U.K.-based outfit that is trying to build an identity management layer for the internet of things, have revealed a partnership that involves an investment from Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation.


M Rajshekhar: Why India’s numbers on air quality can’t be trusted

Source: “A survey this May by the World Health Organisation ranked Delhi as the world's most polluted city, under assault from its growing vehicle population, rising emissions from coal based thermal power plants and the surrounding areas. 
 
The outcome: according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which oversees pollution control in India, 43.5 per cent of children in the Capital have reduced lung function and breathing problems.”


James Fields:Internet of Things promises a smart future

Source: “Imagine you set your alarm on Monday for 5:30 a.m. As soon as you hear it ringing, you also hear your coffee machine start brewing a fresh cup of joe. Once you get into your car and head to work, your car automatically suggests a different route because you’re a few minutes later than normal and there’s unexpected traffic on the interstate. When you finally arrive at the office, another gadget has already mapped out the times you’re going to be most productive based on your past productivity patterns on Mondays when you’re running a few minutes behind schedule.


RE.WORK: Meet the Pioneers of the Wearables Boom 2.0

Sophie Curtis: “Wearable devices like Google Glass and Fitbit have fuelled public interest in the internet of things of recent years but the best is still to come. The full range of capabilities of interconnected devices, encompassing the cloud, big data and the smartphone revolution will include much more than providing users with real-time health data and augmented reality experiences. By 2025 wearable technologies and widespread pervasive connectivity will have a huge impact on our daily lives from non-invasive patient monitoring, to wearable chargers, to future navigation devices.  Read more about RE.WORK: Meet the Pioneers of the Wearables Boom 2.0



RE.WORK: Harmonizing Current IoT Market is Paramount to Growth: Q&A with Alan Messer, UPnP Forum

Sophie Curtis: “Alan Messer is Vice President of UPnP Forum and Samsung Electronics’ Silicon Valley R&D Center. UPnP is a technology for enabling devices from different providers and manufacturers to share and work together. We took a moment to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and UPnP with Alan, ahead of his appearance at the Interner of Things Summit in San Francisco. What are the main drivers for the IoT revolution?  A rapidly increasing number of devices 


RE.WORK: IoT Elevates Everyday Items to Bridge the Chasm in Our Digital Lives

Sophie Curtis: "Andrew Thomas is co-founder of SkyBell, a smart video doorbell that lets users see and speak with the visitor at their door from a smartphone. For the smart home, SkyBell’s motion sensor can be a “gateway” trigger that alerts and empowers other devices across the ecosystem.  We caught up with Andrew to hear his thoughts on the Internet of Things (IoT) and the impact of the home automation industry. 
What challenges does integrating the IoT entail? 


Pedro Malo; Acoustic technologies: A niche of future European research and innovation

Source: "Audio and acoustic technologies are a niche area of European research and innovation breakthroughs. Can we now tackle acoustic sensing and intelligent acoustics and reach more innovation, jobs and growth for Europe? Researchers all over Europe are performing world-class research on advanced acoustic systems and intelligent acoustic processing, giving birth to new technologies with tremendous exploitation potential. These acoustic solutions can be applied in several domains to help in our daily life


Carlos Montero-Luque: Humans Can Make the Internet of Things Smarter

Source: “Internet of Things (IoT) systems usually consist of a set of sensors that collect information, which is then transmitted between different devices without human intervention.
At the same time, today’s mobile infrastructure — the devices, the apps — is typically all about human interaction.
At first glance, these two environments seem to be separate. But what if they talked to each other? I’d argue that this integration is actually key to making IoT work, especially under circumstances in which human interaction, judgment


Rob van Kranenburg: Notes IoT China 2014, Oct 28

Notes IoT China 2014-10-28: Wang Lie, Vice Chairman CCPIT Shanghai Sub-Council opens the 5th IoT China on smart transportation, smart agriculture, smart parking, in short smart life.  Announcing 120 exhibitors , 100 speakers and 1200 expected visitors 1200, he says that IoT complies with the economic transformation in China.  According to MR. Liu Jiang, Vice Director SHEITC, the smart city has become important means of urbanization. By 2015 certain of characteristics of smart cities will be to pushed forward for the 3 year plan 2013-2016 Municipal Shanghai plan to improve soft power in Shanghai. 


Vera Coelho: CFP: 4th Special Session on Multivariable Processing for Biometric Systems - MPBS 2015.

Biometric systems have been widely and mainly studied for its use in security applications. Nowadays, other applications, as biomedicine, psychology and/or forensic applications are using biometric information in order to get innovation and better successes.
Most of the today solutions however operate on different methods. The use of Multivariate Processing can reach specialized systems to provide possible best conditions for image processing.


Adam Bender: TechEd: Developing for Internet of Things is 'cheap as chips'


Source: “And organisations are hungry for IoT insights, says Microsoft evangelist. This year's TechEd features a "Maker Den" where developers can play with the Netduino Plus 2 board to make a quick Internet of Things demo. It's easier than ever to get started developing for the Internet of Things (IoT), said Microsoft .NET developer evangelist, Dave Glover. "That whole bridge between inventing and the entrepreneur --someone who can take it to market -- that whole gap is closing," Glover said in a developer


Giulio Coraggio: Right time for Internet of Things regulations?

Source: “Internet of Things technologies are already all around us and with a market that is expected to reach a value of more than $ 14.4 trillion over the next decade with 50 billion connected devices by 2020, the question is whether ad hoc regulations are necessary to govern the Internet of Things sector.  The current rules applicable to wearable technologies, smart cities, smart home devices, eHealth technologies have not been drafted having in mind Internet of Things platforms.  The consequence of that is that lawyers and regulators


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