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.

Bill Bien and Hubert Selvanathan: Capitalizing on opportunities presented by the Internet of Things

Source: „ The Internet of Things (IoT) is literally and figuratively everywhere. It is almost impossible to avoid this topic in technology circles – whether from industry research, blogs or company white papers, and expectations are high. Between now and 2022, Cisco estimates that IoT will drive economic value (increased revenues and reduced costs) of $14.4 trillion.
While the amount of noise created on this topic is loud and increasing


Margaret Rhodes: MIT and Marriott Are Testing a Matchmaking Table Fed by LinkedIn Data

„….That said, it’s possible that the next generation of Tinder-swiping, Secret-sharing business travelers won’t mind. Indeed, Boghani said the group of MIT test users weren’t as concerned with privacy as the developers were. That kind of insight is why Marriott looked to MIT for ideas in the first place: “We went to them because they’re super-smart, but they’re also our future target,” Cahill says. “They are the consultants and travelers who will be staying in our hotels for the next 25 years.”


Alessandro Bassi: Meet IoT - Roma Caput Futuri

Where? New technologies and applications related to Internet of Things: this is what will be presented to a huge public on Sept. 30th and Oct 1st, during the panels of Meet IoT, which will be held in the Music Park Auditorium designed by Renzo Piano.  
Supported by the Innovation Week, this event is focusing on how IoT will change everybody's future, and will look at different aspects: not only Technology, but also Economic and Social sustainability, and how International Cooperation can influence its adoption. Domotics, Smart cities and wellness are only few of the domains that will be


There Is A Quiet And Peaceful Revolution Going On

Source:„There’s been a quiet but powerful entrepreneurial revolution in the Middle East that’s been hidden from global eyes by the incessant news about political revolutions and military shenanigans. The slow rise to prominence of the tech business sector and the general global move towards more entrepreneurial based economies has seen multiple influential players recently focus on making the entrepreneurial ecosystems sustainable. MENA Prestige has been tracking such developments with keen interest. The biggest ecosystem building news came from one of the smallest countries. Read more about There Is A Quiet And Peaceful Revolution Going On



Zoran Basich: The Daily Startup: Will the Internet of Things Fit Ifttt, Or Go Pffft?

Source: „The Internet of Things–the idea of a vast, connected network of devices that can communicate with each other and with us–is a new high-tech buzzword, and some companies are starting to shift their strategies in that direction. Norwest Venture Partners has led a $30 million round for Ifttt (“If This, Then That”), maker of a tool that enables software to take actions when certain conditions are met, Lizette Chapman reports for VentureWire. Now the company is moving beyond Web and mobile applications and focusing more on devices Read more about Zoran Basich: The Daily Startup: Will the Internet of Things Fit Ifttt, Or Go Pffft?



Brian Pereira: How Businesses Should Prepare For Internet Of Things

Source: "The IT industry creates new buzzwords every few years and this year everyone is talking about Internet of Things and Internet of Everything.
But what really is the true definition of IoT and what are its constituents? How should businesses prepare?
There are several definitions. But IoT or IoE is really about networks, devices, people and processes – and how these are all getting interconnected. The enabling technologies are mobility, cloud computing, big data analytics and social –


KlinT Finley: How to Use the Internet of Things to Fight Slumlords

Source: „Google’s Nest thermostat makes it easy to save money by automatically turning down the heat when you’re not around. But many people don’t have the luxury of controlling their own temperature settings, let alone the money to buy expensive gadgets that can do it automatically. But now a group of civic-minded hackers is using the Internet of Things to at least help these folks keep their apartments warm.
To guard the safety and health of tenants, New York and many other cities require landlords to keep inside temperatures


Paul Brody: The Internet of Things will cost companies more than they’re ready for

Source: „Though the Internet of Things era has only just started, it may already be broken. Like generals fighting the last war instead of the next one, many companies working to build the Internet of Things seem to be stuck in the smartphone and tablet era, embracing approaches that will soon be obsolete, if they aren’t already. Today, smartphones are powerful hubs surrounded by less intelligent objects. Each device is managed and operated from a few centralized data centers.


Fredric Paul: It's time for the Internet of Things to get serious

Source: "The Internet of Things is a really, really big deal; so why do all the demos seem so trivial?
 
Depending on who you ask, the Internet of Things will soon be worth up $14.4 trillion by 2022. Or maybe it’s $19 trillion by 2024.
I see the potential, and I want to believe in those lofty projections, but something keeps bringing me back to earth. Perhaps it’s that despite the emergence of practical IoT applications in a number of areas, many people are still scrambling to figure out how to make IoT relevant."


David Roe: Say What? Most Consumers Clueless About the Internet of Things

Source: „A lot of businesses and marketers spend a lot of time developing strategies around the Internet of Things (IoT). But guess what? Recent research from the Acquity Group shows most consumers are clueless about the IoT — and companies and brands may be putting the cart before the horse by trying to sell smart technologies to consumers. In fact, the research shows ignorance about the IoT is the biggest barrier to adoption. A stunning 87 percent of the people surveyed don’t know what it is — and consequently can't see any value in it.”


Howard Solomon: The rise of the Internet of Things: Reality or conspiracy?

Source: "It’s only August but the balloting is near for describing the year in technology. Is 2014 the year of the data breach, or the year of the  so-called Internet of Things? Columnist Gil Press might vote for the IoT, for he notes on Forbes.com that it is the most hyped emerging technology — although it is far from new — today. So why this year, he asked a number of experts. You may find the answers interesting. For example, Bob Metcalfe, inventor of the Ethernet and now professor of Innovation at University of Texas at Austin, blames me. 


Sophie Curtis: Top 5 Topics not to be missed at the Internet of Things Summit

Source: "From the devices running your home to personalised healthcare to smarter cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to have a huge role in the future of business and society.
 
However, where the IoT promises new opportunities for smoother processes and time efficiency in day to day life, it also opens up new areas for security threats. How will IoT technologies affect the future of the global community, and what challenges do we face by integrating them?


RE.WORK: Emerging Technologies: Plant Monitoring Devices

Source: "In this new blog series we will be exploring the emerging technologies we’re excited about and how they can positively impact business & society. First up we’re looking at plant monitoring devices! It started with the Internet of computers and now, as the development of the Internet of Things is accelerating, products are appearing on the market for plant sensing devices. Is the Internet of Plants next? Plants have amazing and significant sensing abilities - each single root apex can simultaneously and continuously monitor many chemical and physical parameters.


GETD Get Decentralized: Summit & Hackathon 17 - 19 September 2014
 Agora Berlin

 
Together, we will be discussing the hottest topics of the decentralized web!
 
We will listen to inspiring talks, exchange knowledge and not least hack the solutions we are passionate about.
 
At GETD you will meet like minded people in a crowd of super interesting individuals that all share one goal: to collaborate.


Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things and telecom law issues


Source: „Internet of Things technologies require the communication between devices on telecom networks that vary depending on the type of service provided.  Such communications in some cases lead to telecom law issues in relation to the possibility to use the relevant telecom network and obligations triggered by such usage.  These are among the issues that the Italian telecom authority, AGCOM and the UK telecom authority, OFCOM, will be discussing during the current consultation on the Internet of Things.


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