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.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Ubuntu wants to be the OS for the Internet of Things

Source: “Mea culpa! When I first saw that Canonical was coming out with its own combination of Docker containers and a lightweight Linux distribution in Ubuntu Core, I presumed it was a pure server play. I was wrong. Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, also wants to turn Ubuntu Core into the operating system for the Internet of Things.
Ubuntu One self-heals because unlike most operating systems, when a change needs to be made, instead of patching


Michele Nati: SocioTal IoT Meetup Guildford: Vital, OperaBit and Vzzual

15 people attended Sociotal #IoT Meetup Guildford 7 on Tuesday January 20. Michele Nati took notes (see pdf) and has some takeaways and questions:
- Q: business model for that? They have stakeholders interested to offer workspaces
OperaBit
- Q: find use case - I would suggest to do SO.  What producer see as value proposition and BM?
Vzzual


Colin Barker: Is blockchain the key to the Internet of Things? IBM and Samsung think it might just be

Source: “If the Internet of Things (IoT) is to be the quantum leap in computing that many people are predicting, then to start with it needs to prove that it is feasible to link up billions of devices on networks around the world - without running into cost and privacy concerns.
One development that could make this possible is the 'blockchain' system pioneered by Bitcoin.
IBM and Samsung are working together to build a proof of concept system for the next generation of the IoT.


Emma Byrne: I Hate 'The Internet Of Things' -- But I Love The Internet Of Things

Source:”As a CIO, your boss or your peers are probably asking you about the Internet of Things (IoT). Or they soon will be.
 
But what is it?
 
It’s hard to find a sensible definition of IoT. After all, the Internet has always been made up of things. And if we can’t even define what IoT is, how can we think sensibly about the size and shape of the market?
It’s time to sift the predictions...


David Meyer: Robots embrace Ubuntu as it invades the internet of things

Source: “Canonical has revealed what I reckon is its biggest announcement in years: Ubuntu is about to invade the internet of things with a minimal version of the Linux distribution that it hopes will provide a standardized platform for connected devices from drones to home hubs.
“Snappy” Ubuntu Core came out of Canonical‘s mobile efforts (which are yet to go anywhere) and was made available on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform at the end of 2014.


IoT SocioTal Meetup Ghent with Tom Collins of IoT methodology

Pictures by Dirk Van De Vyver. Intel is sponsoring three IoT Ghent Meetups with hardware and documentation. The Meetup used the financial support to facilitate the trip to Intel Munich of Tom Collins who received a personal training with the Galileo and Edison and got wiser as to Intel’s road shows. During the Meetups two Galileos and an Edison were distributed among the participants. On February 25 the Meetup will be dedicated to pitches of potential demos and projects with them. The winner receives a 1000 euro to build it and then present this is in the April 30 Meetup.  Read more about IoT SocioTal Meetup Ghent with Tom Collins of IoT methodology



Alessandro Bassi: IoT Reference Architecture Landscape:(Meet IoT-A Newsletter)

In the recent past, the number of projects and standardisation bodies promoting a "Reference Architecture" for IoT has grown considerably. When the Internet of Things - Architecture (IoT-A) project started, back in 2010, it was the first attempt to define an Architectural Reference Model for the Internet of Things. Starting with the new decade, several SDO started working on this area, and now we are in a situation where we run the risk of having too many standards in a single domain.  Read more about Alessandro Bassi: IoT Reference Architecture Landscape:(Meet IoT-A Newsletter)



Announcing the FIWARE ASSOCIATION

With the FIWARE Accelerator Calls the European Commission has started a 80. Mio. EURO program to encourage Startups and SMEs to build products, services and business upon the FIWARE technology layer.  As a result of this program in the next two years we can expect more than 1.000 companies or products build up on FIWARE technology. The faith of this companies and products is strongly connected to a sustainable future development of FIWARE and a ecosystem which will provide the hosting of FIWARE services and FIWARE Clouds on best economic and social conditions.


Pranay Prakash: Summary: 2014 – Year of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Source: “A lot happened in IoT in 2014. About this time last year, John Chambers laid out $1.9T market projection for IoT at CES and that drew significant attention and generated momentum in many industries. Over the year, we saw some real world use cases and innovative companies and technologies at the IoT World Forum in Chicago.  IoT really gained traction across many verticals over the year. While a lot of progress has been made, IoT is still evolving and globally Read more about Pranay Prakash: Summary: 2014 – Year of the Internet of Things (IoT)



Jeffry Wu: Taiwan urged to develop Internet of Things applications

Source: “Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) The Taipei Computer Association (TCA) on Tuesday called on the Taiwan government to speed up the development of Internet of Things applications as the next driver for the country's economic growth.
TCA President Tung Tsu-hsien (童子賢) said that the Internet of Things (IoT) -- the trend of connecting more devices to each other and to the Internet -- is the most important innovation in the technology industry after the ascent of personal computers and mobile devices.


Kerry Feltner: Event to focus on the Internet of Things movement

Source: “Digital Rochester Inc. is holding an event Jan. 29 to discuss the future of marketing in relation to the Internet of Things movement. The event is fueled by the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show this month.  Michael Montagliano, chief technologist at IV4 Inc., is slated to lead the seminar. Montagliano is a 20-year veteran of the information technology industry. He leads IV4’s consulting team. Some topics to be covered include: what is the Internet of Things,


Stan Higgins: IBM Reveals Proof of Concept for Blockchain-Powered Internet of Things


Source: “IBM has unveiled its proof of concept for ADEPT, a system developed in partnership with Samsung that uses elements of bitcoin’s underlying design to build a distributed network of devices – a decentralized Internet of Things.
The ADEPT concept, or Autonomous Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Telemetry, taps blockchains to provide the backbone of the system, utilizing a mix of proof-of-work and proof-of-stake to secure transactions.


Byron McNutt: Wow! It’s no longer science fiction

Source: “The future is here now. Visionary minds tell us the “Internet of Things” revolution is making science fiction a daily part of our lives. Hundreds of futuristic products with thousands of product applications were on display the week of Jan. 5 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This new technology “is poised to touch every facet of consumers’ lives, reducing their time, cost and resources on most daily tasks. It has the potential to transform our economy, our society and how we live,” said BK Yoon, CEO of $211 billion global giant Samsung Electronics.


Steve Johnsons: Will our smart gadgets become trusted or oppressive companions?

Source: “Deryl Stanley is photographed with his 1963 Corvette at the old historic Flying A gas station in Livermore, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Stanley has had a love of cars since his youth and is currently active in a Livermore car club. (Dan Honda)
Like legions of hyperactive butlers, many of the brainy gadgets being developed for the Internet of Things will anticipate our needs and make choices for us -- without being told what to do -- marking a momentous transformation


Frederick Lah and Sulina Gabale: United States: FTC Chairwoman Rings In The New Year With 'Internet of Things' Warning

Source: “While hundreds of tech companies are racing to develop the newest in Internet-connected "smart" devices, Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") Chairwoman Edith Ramirez is sending a reminder to those companies of their responsibilities to consumers. At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, January 6-9, Chairwoman Ramirez highlighted some best practices to address the vast array


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