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.

Triska Hamid: Dubai rolling out smart city on a small scale

Source: „Dubai’s dream of becoming an integrated smart city moved a step closer yesterday with the emirate’s Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) announcing plans to build a pilot-scale project in the planned Silicon Park. The Centre of Excellence for Smart Habitat (Cesh) will be built in the planned Dh1.1 billion, 150,000 square metre Silicon Park smart city, itself a part of the Dubai Silicon Oasis technology park. DSOA, the regulatory body, said that Cesh would be designed as a fully functioning smart city and was due to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, along with the official opening of Silicon Park.

Jeff Engel: OnKol Wants to Help Grandma Join the Internet of Things Movement

Source: „As investors and corporations pour millions of dollars into connected-home devices, tech companies have no shortage of ideas—from smart thermostats and home security systems to data-collecting toothbrushes and a refrigerator that sends alerts when the milk is almost out.
But while most of these “Internet of things” products are aimed at young tech-savvy adults or parents with kids, Milwaukee-based OnKol is hoping to tackle a different market: aging parents and their children.

Emily Adler: The Internet Of Things Is Creating A New Growth Opportunity For The Consumer Tech And Electronics Industries

Source: "The Internet of Things has the potential to be the catalyst for a new era of growth in consumer electronics.  Billions of once-inert everyday and enterprise devices are already connected to the internet — including smart appliances and home devices like refrigerators and alarm clocks — and the number is exploding. By 2020 that number of internet-connected devices will top 50 billion, according to estimates from Morgan Stanley and Cisco. " Read more about Emily Adler: The Internet Of Things Is Creating A New Growth Opportunity For The Consumer Tech And Electronics Industries

Laura Cole: Heralding the Internet of Things: How Will it Impact Business Owners?

Source: „While it is not universally accepted wisdom, there is a growing sense that artificial intelligence will supersede human intelligence at some point during the next 100 years. This will ultimately see technology supersede nature as the dominant global force and change the social landscape beyond all recognition.
Although the merits of this can be debated at length, there is little doubt that humans are becoming increasingly integrated with technology and its leading innovations."

John Soldatos: Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things

The workshop is organised by the high-profile OpenIoT project with support from the European Commission under the 7th framework Programme.
Download the complete workshop programme here.
Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things
Date: September 18, 2014 (a full-day workshop)
Location: Split, Croatia

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PSFK Labs: Why ‘Contexual’ Is the New ‘Search’ Living Within the Internet of Things

Source: „The days of a standard user experience are over, and there’s no need to adjust the settings. Do you know what the word foudroyant means? What if you had read that a customer’s foudroyant display of anger had shocked the cashier as though she’d been struck by lightning? Even without a dictionary, you can begin to piece together clues based on information around it. We use context clues in reading, and in our daily lives, to suss out the meaning of things that we’re unfamiliar with. In the Internet of Things, smart objects are reading between

Levent Gurgen: CFP, The 1st International Workshop on Service Oriented Smart Cities (SOSC), Nov 17, 2014 @ Matsue Japan

Due to the rapid penetration of sensing and actuation technologies into our surroundings, cities are getting smarter. In smart cities, information acquired from the physical space is processed in the cyber space, and provided to people there. Each of these steps, namely information acquisition, processing, and provision, is abstracted with cyber physical services that tie those two spaces. Obviously, these services must be able to cope with one another so that people can consume them in a rich and flexible way. Read more about Levent Gurgen: CFP, The 1st International Workshop on Service Oriented Smart Cities (SOSC), Nov 17, 2014 @ Matsue Japan

Roger Kay: Google's Driverless Car, The Internet Of Things, And George Orwell

Source: „As I’ve said before, I’m one of those people who can’t wait for Google to take over driving for me.  I would have a chauffer, which I couldn’t normally afford, to take me around everywhere, allowing me, as a passenger, to do whatever I want during the ride.  I could read, eat, nap, play games, listen to music, watch movies.  Sort of like the airlines, but in my own private space. Even more, I can’t wait for Google GOOGL +0.62% to take over driving for other people.  Google would smooth out the ride for everyone, optimizing traffic for the total system of all cars in use

Giulio Coraggio : Webinar – Internet of Things, wearable technologies and eHealth

Source: „The Internet of Things is a topic that I have already covered in a few posts and here is a webinar that will provide a good opportunity to discuss about the legal issues affecting the Internet of Things, smart city, smart home, wearable technologies and eHealth.
On the 18th of September 2014 at 3 pm CET (2 pm UK time), I will run a free webinar organized by the Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers which will cover the main legal issues affecting the Internet of Things in its sub-sectors of wearable technologies

Chris Neiger : Believe the Hype: The Internet of Things Is No Gimmick

Source: "Don't let the weird name distract you. Think of the Internet of Things (or IoT) as a way for your house to tell you when your kids have come home after school, or for your car to tell another car that it's getting too close, or for your coffee maker to tell you that you need more coffee beans.
The idea behind IoT is that formerly non-smart things (like cars, shipping containers, wind turbines, houses, etc.) gather their own data about themselves and then communicate it to other devices that need that information, or send it to people who need to know it.

Stephan Dörner and Chase Gummer: The Internet of (Hardly Connected) Things

Source: „The “Internet of Things”  which refers to the billions of devices that are expected to be connected to each other and to the Internet, is a catchphrase that’s hard to escape these days.
Even network storage maker Cisco has predicted some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020.
But at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin this week, what’s equally hard to escape is the fact that, for now at least, the new devices being rolled out are mainly designed to connect with other new devices made by the same company.

Peter McOwan : When fridges attack: the new ethics of the Internet of Things

Source: „Around 1914 the first practical domestic refrigerator was invented. Early in 2014, just one hundred years later, came the first instance of this home help misbehaving online. The fridge, one of numerous modern smart devices containing a computer and internet connection, was hacked and started sending spam emails. 
Smart devices such as the fridge are part of a new technological trend where all kinds of previously unconnected devices can now communicate with themselves and exchange information,

Why APIs are eating the world

Source: „”„Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world. And he's right: as we take advantage of the compute power of the cloud and the distributed sensor network that's the Internet of Things, we're going to see a world that's fundamentally different from the one in which we currently live. It's hard to imagine just what adding a programmable layer to the world will mean, as we make dumb things smart.….
Those APIs don't have to be on servers, or on PCs, or even phones. They can be built into sensors and then exposed to the world at large. There's a Nest smoke alarm on the wall in my home,

Stacey Higginbotham: The internet of things is setting up the ultimate culture clash

Source: „How a company builds a business model, or even products for the internet of things, depends on which side of the cultural divide they are coming from — old-line or the digital economy
There’s a gold rush underway to connect our devices to the web. For many, the devices are the keys to the kingdom — either riches in the form of selling data or from creating a widely used platform for services or applications. Yet what is becoming increasingly clear is that these models reflect a divide between cultures when it comes to the internet of things.

Mark Roberti: Believing in RFID

Source: „I was at a social gathering recently when I ran into an acquaintance whom I've known for almost 20 years. "Still betting big on RFID?" he asked. I said I was. "Your blind faith in this technology is admirable, but did you ever consider the possibility that you might be wrong? I mean, lots of people thought we'd see cold fusion and flying cars by now."
I chuckled. My conviction that radio frequency identification will benefit companies and individuals is not based on blind faith. I'll explain why in a moment, but yes, I have considered the possibility that I might be wrong,


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