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.

Jon Bruner: Who Will Build The 'God Platform' For The Internet Of Things?

Source: „Everyone’s racing to build the “god platform” for the Internet of Things: the highest, most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface that ties together connected devices and web services.
It’s tempting to look for analogy in mobile phone platforms, where Apple was initially dominant and now enjoys an extremely lucrative and influential minority position against Android. There are some crucial differences, though. For starters, adoption won’t be quite as easy; domestic appliances last for a long time, and nothing consumers have seen yet makes connected laundry seem appealing enough to justify early replacement of a washing machine.

Ted Leonsis: An Exciting Time for the Internet of Things

Source: „In 1999, the British technology pioneer Kevin Ashton coined the phrase “Internet of Things” (or IoT). He defined it as a “system that connects the physical world to the Internet via ubiquitous sensors that gather and report data.” Over the last decade the constraints that previously slowed the progression of the IoT have started to fade, and tangible examples are starting to take shape. Analysts are predicting that it will be a $7.1 trillion market comprised of 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020 – investors like myself cannot afford to ignore it.
I have met with dozens of IoT startups, monitored big acquisitions, thought about the limitations and challenges that the industry still faces

Joe Tibbetts: What is the Internet of Things? And why do we have to ask?

Source: „Businesses that fail to plan for the changes that the Internet of Things will bring to our lives and our business practices are taking unnecessary risks. A week ago I gave a conference presentation to the owners and senior managers of around a hundred high end manufacturing companies. The companies ranged in size from billion dollar turnover multinationals to small, UK, advanced engineering companies turning over a couple of million pounds a year.  The title of my presentation was The Internet of Things and The End of Work. It seemed to go well. The audience stayed awake, there were questions, the applause seemed genuine and a small group gathered

Simon Rockman: Huawei buys Cambridge Internet of Things pioneer Neul

Source: „CEO Stan Boland – whose CV reads like a history of Wireless (Icera, Broadcom, ARM, Acorn) – told El Reg that Neul had been working with Huawei for nine months on narrow band cellular IoT, and that as the relationship had progressed, the companies had grown closer together."In January we explored the idea of Huawei investing in Neul and over time it seemed to make sense for an outright purchase," he told us.”… A Huawei spokesperson commented: “Huawei has recently acquired Neul, an advanced Internet of Things (IoT) research and development facility in UK.  The acquisition of Neul gives Huawei improved access to the growing and exciting market in the IoT, which enables advanced connectivity

Andrew Batey: Mobile + Sharing Economy + Internet of Things = the Coming Economic Boom

Source: „The rise of the sharing economy over the past few years has shifted mindsets and traditional business models. 
Consumers are much more open to renting items and services from individuals instead of established businesses and organizations. 
This is shaking up engrained business models and allowing for new possibilities in the global marketplace. 
The peer-to-peer sharing models, like Spinlister (where I work) and Lyft, offer new and unique options for transportation at your fingertips.”

Mark Burdon: Privacy and the Internet of Things: Practical or paranoia?

Source: „The promise of connected homes, cars, wearables and every day conveniences is growing rapidly. Established companies like Cisco Systems Inc., Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications have a great deal to gain as the Internet of Things (IoT) or Machine to Machine (M2M) industry matures. Startup businesses such as FlyBits, Architech and ArrayEnt have thrown in their chips to stake their claim on the IoT industry.
Some of these companies have partnered with household name manufacturers. Together, they have products in the market, and others planned to connect the internet to a broad spectrum of Things, including:

Sophie Terekhova:The Internet of Things is coming to Russia

Source: "The Internet of Things, an interaction of devices, systems and services with millions of other such “things,” is being developed in Russia. A new cloud service, GO+, is aiming to grab a significant share of this new and emerging market.  The world’s first Internet of Things (IoT) was created by John Romkey, one of the fathers of the TCP/IP protocol, who hooked his toaster up to the Internet. The Internet of People, which it was initially called, transitioned to the Internet of Things in 2009, when the number of connected devices surpassed the number of users. The concept was born at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the late 1990s and only recently appeared in Russia.

Gil Press: The New Apple Wristop Computer: A Missed Opportunity To Define The Internet Of Things

Source: „MIT Media Lab cofounder Nicholas Negroponte observed at a recent TED event that “I look today at some of the work being done around the Internet of Things and it’s kind of tragically pathetic.” The “tragically pathetic” label has been especially fitting for wearables, considered the hottest segment of the Internet of Things.  Lauren Goode at Re/Code wrote back in March: “Let me guess: Your activity-tracking wristband is sitting on your dresser or in a drawer somewhere right now, while it seems that every day there’s a news report out about an upcoming

Abul Kalam Azad with Robin Gazi: Vehicle owners forced to shell out for new plates and tags, RFID fails to stop auto theft

Source: „Zillur Rahman lost his car minutes after he parked it at the TSC on Dhaka University campus on June 8 evening. He rushed to Shahbagh Police Station nearby, and a wireless message was dispatched about the theft. He also talked to a few top police officials until midnight asking for help to find the car.
Zillur, a consultant at the World Bank, tried to contact the BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) Elenbari office in Tejgaon, which is equipped to track vehicles, but failed as the office was closed by then.

Deadline extended to: September 29: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

The vision for an Internet of Things calls for an open, inclusive and standards-based environment that fosters innovation. Reference to the Internet in this context relates to its transformational effect over closed proprietary systems, and its ability to enable a creative commons of innovation. Yet, the reality of the IoT today is one of fragmentation, characterised by information silos that are seeking to protect competitive advantage: Makers of innovative IoT products and services favour defensive strategies aiming to safeguard Read more about Deadline extended to: September 29: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

Brian Krassenstein: FirstBuild Wants You to 3D Print The Enclosure For Their Green Bean, Smart Home Maker Module

Source: „Think back 15 years ago, if you are old enough to remember, when the internet was in its infancy and the possibilities endless. The possibilities still may be endless, but the world has changed. The internet, as a technological backbone, has changed our every day lives in ways we never could have imagined in 1999. The companies who were first to embrace the internet are the ones who are leaders in today’s business world.
Here we are, almost a decade and a half removed from that time

Simon Bisson: Hands on with Microsoft's Internet of Things platform

Source: „Back in April, at its BUILD developer event, Microsoft announced its Windows On Devices plan to bring Windows developers to the Internet of Things. That was followed by the launch of a beta program, where selected developers would receive a modified Intel Galileo development board that could be used to try out Microsoft's latest Windows.
I signed up for the program, and a couple of weeks ago I got an email to let me know that my Galileo board had shipped. A few days later it arrived, and I've been experimenting with it to see how Microsoft has brought Windows to devices that don't have screens or keyboards.

Rick Delgado: Potential Hurdles Limiting the Internet of Things

Source: „The hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) is immense. The basic premise behind the IoT is to connect everyday objects to the internet through tiny sensors, allowing them to communicate with businesses, consumers, and each other. The potential for innovation is certainly there, and startups and major corporations have already come up with some intriguing ideas from internet-connected refrigerators to app-controlled light fixtures to smart clothing.

A lot of people see the Internet of Things as the next great frontier of technology and consumer products, but just because many are predicting it doesn’t make it inevitable. Read more about Rick Delgado: Potential Hurdles Limiting the Internet of Things

Chris Harding: The Internet of Things -- Chasing the waves

Source: „Few people have heard of microcontrollers, but a great many people own them. They are found in household appliances such as fridges and TVs. They are small computers that, for example, manage the dials and display on a washing machine, open and close the taps, start and stop the drum, and perform other functions for the user's selected wash program. More complex devices have several microcontrollers. A car, for example, might contain 30 of them.
Manufactured by the million, and costing a few dollars each, they have been a standard feature of product design for years. What is new is that they are becoming connected to the Internet. The result is the Internet of Things.

John Kennedy: Tyndall and TSSG plan €82m fund for 10 internet of things start-ups

Source: „Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG and University College Cork’s Tyndall Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding to target €82m in EU funding to support 10 internet of things start-ups.
The research bodies aim to draw down the €82m from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
“Our combined staff of 580 hardware and 120 software engineers, support staff and scientists, together with Tyndall and TSSG’s world-class infrastructure make this partnership uniquely qualified to deliver,” said Dr Kieran Drain, CEO of the Tyndall National Institute.”


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