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.

4YFN Builds on Success of Inaugural Event with Expanded Programme Targeting Europe's Mobile Investors and Entrepreneurs

Barcelona, 26 January 2015. – 4Years From Now (4YFN), the international event for mobile startups presented by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona and GSMA, expects to double the number of entrepreneurs, startups and investors who participated in the first edition.
With this goal in mind, the organization presents a lineup that will include the presence of Andrew Creighton, president of VICE Media; Mike Ng, director of Mobile Sales and Operations at Twitter


Lily Hay Newman: The Internet of Things Is Getting a Rule Book

Source: “The Internet of Things definitely has data privacy and security issues. With so many devices communicating all the time, it’s more likely that there will be a weak spot somewhere. So on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission released a report detailing its best-practice recommendations for the Internet of things. But not everyone agrees with the agency’s approach. The major message from the FTC is that companies should be self-policing their security measures, their transparency with customers, and—perhaps most controversially—their data-retention decisions. In a press release,


Victoria Woollaston: ’Internet of Things' gets watchdog: Report calls for extra security to prevent hacking of smart gadgets in homes

Source: “One of the biggest concerns about smart household gadgets is how much data they collect and share about you and your home. 
And, with this in mind, a US government consumer watchdog has laid out guidelines that call for increased privacy and security across connected devices, for fitness, smart homes and other uses.
At the moment, the guidelines are only suggestions and 'best practices' that companies


Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments

New Journal for 2015: Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments focuses on theoretical developments and lessons learned in the deployment of Intelligent Environments.
The coverage is broad, open and flexible, embracing all types of techniques which can increase confidence in Intelligent Environments systems.
 
Covers intelligent environments of any scale, ranging from smart materials and wearable networks in clothes, to smart buildings and systems of geographic scale, such as smart cities and geosensor networks.


Joe Curtis: Can HyperCat win the battle of IoT standards?

Source: “Councils are using HyperCat to share data with third parties, but can it overcome tech firms' proprietary standards?
 
Councils are using a new Internet of Things (IoT) standard to share data with third-parties as they try to overcome information silos.
 
Both Milton Keynes Council and Bristol City Council have embarked on IoT projects with HyperCatCity, an initiative based on a new IoT standard developed by a consortium of 40 UK companies.


FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies to Adopt Best Practices to Address Consumer Privacy and Security Risks

Source: “In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, released today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things is already impacting the daily lives of millions of Americans through the adoption of health


Adrian Bridgwater: The Big Data Mistake In The Internet Of Things

Source: “The next strategic inflexion point for software application development today is the Internet of Things (IoT); at least that’s what people say. It is hugely fashionable just now to “partner on an IoT initiative” and you will see these tech industry love-ins cropping up every week now.
But do all these firms think about what programmers in the IoT zone really need at the heart of the matter and are we forgetting the real secret locked inside? After all, the secret to the IoT is just “data” itself, isn’t it?
German softwarehaus Software AG has partnered with Indian software integrator


Ben Rossi: Gartner predicts 250 million connected vehicles with automated driving capabilities by 2020

Source: “’The connected car is already a reality, and in-vehicle wireless connectivity is rapidly expanding from luxury models and premium brands, to high-volume midmarket models'
By 2020, there will be a quarter billion connected vehicles on the road, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, according to Gartner.
During the next five years, the proportion of new vehicles equipped with this capability will increase dramatically, making connected cars


Ben East: How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery review – Kevin Ashton’s recipe for success

Source: “In the first few days of 2015, the CEO of Samsung promised that the Internet of Things – where everything is connected to the internet – was coming. That there really will be a day where a fridge can detect what we’re running low on and order it for us online. A great idea… except Kevin Ashton was proposing the internet of things in 1999, which meant the British tech pioneer swiftly became something of a superhero for the TED set. He still is: as he admits in his preface, his talks end up Read more about Ben East: How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery review – Kevin Ashton’s recipe for success



Bruno Berthon: The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things

Source: “Will digital technology be positive for workers and jobs? Amid today’s public debate about the consequences of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics, along comes the industrial Internet of things (IIoT). Little understood but potentially very significant for multiple industry sectors, this next wave of technology will create more jobs than it will destroy, according to the majority of business leaders Accenture has surveyed.
The industrial Internet of things is a fast-growing network of intelligent connected devices, machines and objects.


Michael Wayne : To All Makers, Parents of Makers, Siblings of Makers, Supporters of Makers and Lovers of Entrepreneurship:

Makers do what they love because they have the freedom to make as they please with open source technologies. This is the PRECISE reason that Maker Faire North Carolina cannot die and it must live on no matter the cost: Creativity springs eternal from the Maker Movement. 
 
If you have not seen the Massimo Banzi youtube video: How Arduino is Open Sourcing Imagination, I highly, highly recommend watching it.


Strukhoff: IoT 2040 Aims to Address the Big Problems

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently identified four keys areas in which to focus for the next 15 years: Health, Farming, Banking, and Education. Bill himself holds forth on a regular basis about the challenges facing many billions of people in the world, particularly in Africa, as well as the opportunities to save lives and change lives. He does not seem naïve about the enormity of the challenges, and does not offer technology as a simple panacea to what ails the world. He does not seem naïve about the enormity of the challenges, and does not offer technology as a simple panacea to what ails the world. Read more about Strukhoff: IoT 2040 Aims to Address the Big Problems



Corbin Ball: The Internet of Things and its Impact on Tradeshows and Events

Source: “Hundreds of billions of sensors are deploying quietly, they will track our every move and monitor almost everything with which we interact;
The Internet of Things (IOT) will transform society and will have a significant impact on tradeshows and events. As everything links with everything else, this will be the next big technology revolution!
 
IOT is the connection of objects and people to transfer data over a network without the need for human interaction.


Dean Takahashi: ARM will wrestle Intel to power the Internet of Things (interview)

Source: “The folks at ARM, the Cambridge, England-based designer of low-power processors, are kind of greedy. They pretty much own the mobile processor market, through their dozens of licensees who make chips for everything from the Apple iPhone to the latest LG curved smartphones.
But they also want to own the Internet of Things, or smart and connected everyday devices. Jem Davies, an ARM fellow and vice president of technology, told me about the company’s plans to get its chips into Internet of Things gadgets.


Paul Daugherty: Reimagining Business With the Industrial Internet of Things

Source: “Smart vehicles and driverless cars were all the rage at the recent International CES in Las Vegas. But just imagine the business and economic potential that could be unleashed if such technologies could be applied to industrial sectors beyond consumer electronics. The positive impact on productivity and economic competitiveness would be staggering. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a fast-growing network of increasingly intelligent connected devices, machines and physical objects. Accenture estimates that it could add


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