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.

Robert L. Mitchell: 4 things to do now to get ready for the Internet of Things

Source: „As CIO at Boeing, Ted Colbert is no stranger to the Internet of Things. For more than a decade, the aerospace giant has deployed thousands of communications-enabled smart devices to sense, control and exchange data across the factory floor, on the battlefield, and within the company's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
For National Football League CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle, however, it's a whole new ballgame. Currently the league is experimenting 

Stacey Higginbotham: Here’s a startup that wants to be an OpenStack for the internet of things

Source: „When a billion sensors meet the cloud, OpenSensors hope that companies and municipalities reach for its software as the base layer to manage how and to whom those sensors report. The co-founders of OpenSensors believe that while connecting billions of devices to the internet will be complicated, being able to do it on infrastructure you control should be easy. That’s why the London-based startup formed last year with plan to build a software tool

David Talbot: A Dropbox for the Internet of Things

Source: „Cars, homes, and billions of gadgets are increasingly getting Internet addresses, making new applications possible. With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas as diverse as factory optimization, car maintenance, or simply keeping track of your stuff online. But doing this today requires at least some degree of programming knowledge. Now Bug Labs, a New York City company, is trying to make it as easy to create an Internet of things application as it is to put a file into Dropbox.

SQLstream Launches Webinar on the Internet-of-Things

Source: SQLstream, Inc., the Big Data Stream Processors company, today announced that it will host a webinar exploring the potential of the Internet-of-Things. With a focus on monetization, the event will expand on harvesting real-time value from IoT services, discussing technology requirements, security concerns and likely directions for commercialization. The online presentation will be held Thursday, April 24 2014 at 11AM PST.
Damian Black, CEO of SQLstream, will explore why monetization of smart services for the Internet of Things

Duane Benson: Beware the Internet of Useless Things

Source: „Not long ago, I was in a bit of a discussion that referenced an Internet-enabled egg holder. That got me thinking about less-than-useful devices in the Internet of Things. The fact that you can connect something to the Internet doesn't mean that you should. I can certainly see a pretty much unlimited supply of useful IOT ideas. I can also come up with just about as many ideas for an Internet of Useless Things (IoUT). With that in mind, here are some advertisements for a few devices that I'm half-expecting to see at your local online retailer soon. ZipBeUp zipper state alarm --

Thorin Klosowski: The Biggest Tech Industry Buzzwords, Defined for Normal People: The Internet of Things

Source: "When you see the words "Internet of Things" it's referring to objects we're not used to seeing have internet access with internet access. 
This might be thermostats, fridges, coffee pots, and whatever else someone decides to stuff a Wi-Fi card into. 
The Internet of Things is going to change everything, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

SJ - A Special Issue on Smart Cities, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014 (ISSN 1799-2710)

SJ - A Special Issue on Smart Cities, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014 (ISSN 1799-2710)
This unrefereed special issue presents a wide range of research articles and practical papers on Smart Cities. 
The articles discuss the Smart City phenomenon from different points of view and in different contexts.
Download this issue from here

Matt Weinberger: The Nest Connection: What's missing in the enterprise Internet of Things

Source: „When we talk about the Internet of Things, we talk about using sensors to get stuff connected to the Internet and learn more about its behavior.

As is so often the way, the Internet of Things made its first great strides in the consumer space: Products like Google acquisitions ; Nest, which replaced the classic thermostat with a product that let users control their home's temperature from the Internet while also delivering data on how to minimize energy bills, tapped into a market that few would have guessed even existed. Read more about Matt Weinberger: The Nest Connection: What's missing in the enterprise Internet of Things

Patrick Thibodeau: Can we talk? Internet of Things vendors face a communications 'mess'

Source: „Vendors will tell you that the Internet of Things (IoT) is here today. We're here to tell you that it isn't. This is your warning label. It's the small print on the prescription that outlines all the nasty complications. The first thing to realize is that many wireless communications protocols that allow home devices to exchange information aren't interoperable. Second, installing a home automation system will likely require investments in bridges, which are separate pieces of hardware that connect with home routers. Read more about Patrick Thibodeau: Can we talk? Internet of Things vendors face a communications 'mess'

Duncan Milne: What the “Internet of Things” Means for Content Marketing

Source: „Earlier this year, Google bought Nest, a home-hardware tech start-up. Streaming Headlines reported the search giant paid $3.2 billion, in cash. The concept of home automation and—more broadly—the “Internet of Things” has been around for a while, but Google’s insistent acquisition has brought it to the fore.
The Internet of Things refers to objects that can be connected to their virtual representations through various sensor technology. At the moment, that means things like smart locks and fridges, cooking thermometers and laundry machines.

Stacey Higginbotham: The internet of things is great for chipmakers and a challenge for Intel

Source: „Bringing everyday physical objects online is going to shake up the chip industry in a major way. There are new opportunities for startups and even Intel knows it has to change.
As chipmakers realize the power and increasing amount of silicon is inside our connected devices they are racing to own as much of the market as possible while publicizing their work in the internet of things.
Yesterday, for the first time, Intel broke out details regarding the revenue associated with the internet of things. It was up 32 percent year over year

Adam Popescu: How Universities Are Adapting To The Internet Of Things Revolution

Source: "George Bernard Shaw once said, “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” The tongue-in-cheek phrase is a common insult in academia, but when it comes to advances in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT), it couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The academic world is in many ways leading the way in innovation – both in the classroom and through research.
To Arif Ansari, associate professor of clinical data sciences and operations at the University of Southern California (USC), this shift couldn’t come soon enough.

Lawrence Latif: Networking for the Internet of Things: Not so Fast!

Source: „Peel away the hype surrounding the Internet of Things, and beneath it all is a veritable rat's nest of technical challenges that must be tackled before its full realization.
More than ever before, there will be huge demands on nodes and the network infrastructure, creating significant engineering challenges.
The IoT will require engineers to look at end-to-end network solutions that extend far beyond that of the datacenter. Along every stage of the network, engineers will need to make efficient use of silicon that meets both performance and budgetary requirements.

Tim O'Reilly : #IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans

Source: "The IoT requires thinking about how humans and things cooperate differently when things get smarter. Rod Smith of IBM and I had a call the other day to prepare for our onstage conversation at O’Reilly’s upcoming Solid Conference, and I was surprised to find how much we were in agreement about one idea: so many of the most interesting applications of the Internet of Things involve new ways of thinking about how humans and things cooperate differently when the things get smarter. It really ought to be called the Internet of Things and Humans — #IoTH, not just #IoT! Let’s start by understanding the Internet of Things

Jeff Bertolucci: AllJoyn: A Common Language For Internet Of Things

Source: "Open-source lingua franca aims to let IoT devices and services communicate across manufacturers and operating systems.
The big data vision of a global network of connected devices -- also known as the Internet of Things (IoT) -- is still a bit fuzzy with more than a few unresolved issues. For instance, too many devices communicate only with their manufacturers' private clouds. And when devices from multiple vendors can't share information, the IoT is pretty much DOA. The AllSeen Alliance, a recently launched IoT consortium, hopes to bridge this communication


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