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.

Kathleen Tracy: ZigBee Announces New Internet of Things Standard

Source: “The ZigBee Alliance, has announced the unification of its wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0, which will provide interoperability among the widest range of smart devices, providing consumers and businesses access to innovative products and services.
The new standard impacts tens of millions of devices already using ZigBee standards. The company reports that “all device types, commands, and functionality defined in current ZigBee PRO-based standards are available to developers in the new standard.”


Sean Auriti: the eCan

Source: "It brings technology, my area of lifelong expertise, to something everybody uses everyday. If you guessed, "the toilet" then you are very close! It's the other kind of waste. If you have been through NYC or any other city lately, you may have noticed it flying around everywhere. We need to fix this! At one of the many hackathons I have won in my career, my team and I came up with the idea for Emrals and the eCan, an interactive trash can that rewards people for cleaning up and a bunch of other stuff you would never expect, but pretty soon, will not be able to do without! Here is a recent video explaining how Emrals and the eCan work


Daniel Burrus: The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes

Source: “When people talk about “the next big thing,” they’re never thinking big enough. It’s not a lack of imagination; it’s a lack of observation. I’ve maintained that the future is always within sight, and you don’t need to imagine what’s already there.
Case in point: The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things.
What’s the buzz? The Internet of Things revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors;


Brian Heaton: Internet of Things Helps Cities with Snow Removal

Source: “Buffalo, N.Y., is currently experiencing a lake-effect storm, with around 70 inches of snow expected in the heaviest bands through at least Thursday. This city and others are using the Internet of Things and sensor data to more efficiently plow the roads during winter storms. As the U.S. begins to feel winter’s icy grasp, a number of cities are turning to GPS data and the Internet of Things to help keep the roads clear during snowstorms. Boston, Minneapolis and Buffalo, N.Y. (parts of which received 60 inches of snow on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather), are among the many


Matt Cicciari: What’s Missing from the Industrial Internet of Things Conversation? Software


Source: “These days, you can hardly have a technology conversation without talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). And when that conversation shifts its focus to the industrial sector, including energy, Oil & Gas, Power & Utilities, and petrochemicals, among others, the discussion changes to what is being called the “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT).
So what is all this hype about? The convergence of cheap processing, unending storage


Jochelle Mendonca: On way to $15-billion market, Internet of Things gaining ground in India

Source: “The internet-of-things (IoT) describes a world in which sensors are placed on machines and the resulting data is used to improve and track their performance. MUMBAI: From state governments looking to clamp down on the theft of iron ore from mines to insurance companies looking to offer better premiums to transportation companies, the internet of things is gaining ground in India. The internet-of-things (IoT) describes a world in which sensors are placed on machines Read more about Jochelle Mendonca: On way to $15-billion market, Internet of Things gaining ground in India



Extension CALL FOR POSITION PAPERS: VISAPP 2015 - Int'l Conf. on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (Berlin/Germany)

Source: "Let me kindly inform you that the position papers submission deadline for the International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP 2015) to be held in Berlin, Germany (March 11 - 14, 2015) has been extended to November 24.
A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to


Strukhoff: India Touts Smart Cities at G20 Summit

India defies simple explanations and solutions. Yet its government, newly energized under recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, presented a Comprehensive Growth Strategy document at the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia that includes a few sweeping general programs designed to contribute significantly to the G20's stated goal of creating US$1.5 trillion in additional wealth within its membership.It's the sort of report that should have received more notice at a two-day summit that ended up focusing more on pesky geo-politics than its stated focus of economic and societal development. Read more about Strukhoff: India Touts Smart Cities at G20 Summit



Patrick Dehahn: Could the Internet of Things be overhyped?

Source: “The Internet of Things is expanding—it’s expected to jump from half a billion “things” in 2000 to an estimated 50 billion by 2020—but does that expansion match up with general interest? A CompTIA report sizes things up.
Connected devices are moving way beyond smartphones.
 
Innovators in the Internet of Things (IoT) are hooking up all sorts of things to the internet—everything from the lights and thermostats in homes to public transportation.


Stefan Bernbo: The Internet of Things and the Future of Storage

Source: “Stefan Bernbo is the founder and CEO of Compuverde. For 20 years, Stefan has designed and built numerous enterprise scale data storage solutions designed to be cost effective for storing huge data sets. A “smart and safe city” initiative was recently launched in Kazan, Russia. The goal of this initiative is to transform the city gradually by creating a network of Internet-connected sensors and devices that will serve its population with greater efficiencies and better quality of life. As an example, connected cameras have been installed in the famous Gorky Park


Han Fook Kwang: Internet of Things the next big thing

Source: “What happens when you gather more than 300 journalists from all over the world at an exotic Turkish resort complete with a fully lit 18-hole golf course, heated swimming pool and spas galore? When the event is the annual IFA Global Press Conference, you talk for two days about consumer electronics and home appliances, as well as the future of curved television panels. More about the latter later. This media pow-wow is held every year ahead of Europe's main consumer electronics fair in Berlin, which together with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas


Anthony Caruana: Privacy and the Internet of Things

Source: “It is almost impossible to attend any event that has an IT edge without hearing about the Internet of Things. Until recently, we only really used the Internet as a way of connecting people via computers and servicer. But we are hurtling forward into a world where all sorts of devices have sensors and controls that can be connected, controlled and read over the Internet. That's the Internet of Things.
At the IAPPANZ Summit held recently in Sydney, a panel of experts examined what the Internet of Things means for privacy.


Steve Prentice: Knocking on the door with the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things is slowly creeping towards our homes and personal lives, but not everything it seems, is welcome. According to a study conducted by marketing company Affinova, customers are actually split on both the degree to which they believe that the Internet of Things will be revolutionary (57%). The Affinova report highlights the products of most interest to consumers, which include smart refrigerators that recommend recipes based on the food stored inside, and washer/dryers that send text alerts Read more about Steve Prentice: Knocking on the door with the Internet of Things



Arrayent Opens European Headquarters in London, England

Press release: Arrayent  "the leading Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider adopted by major consumer brands, announced today that it has opened its European office in central London. This new office will serve as the European headquarters and support all business functions from sales, marketing , customer support and applications engineering.  Arrayent customers will receive more timely and localized pre and post-sales support; Arrayent's product roadmaps will be strengthened by closer collaboration with its European customers.
“We are delighted to announce the


Strukhoff: Brazil Commits to Tech Ed at G20 Summit

Each of the G20 member countries outlined a Comprehensive Growth Strategy at the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. One of the more aggressive plans comes from Brazil, which has pledged to train 12 million young people in technical areas by 2018. The program is called Pronatec, and is administered by the Ministries of Labor and Education jointly with local councils. The program has actually been in effect since 2011, already reaching 8 million students, according to the report. It targets an additional 4 million students over the next four years. Its cost was listed as more than US$6 billion. Read more about Strukhoff: Brazil Commits to Tech Ed at G20 Summit



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