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.

Internet of Things drive retail revolution

Source: „A recent survey, which was conducted to examine the effect of the Internet of Things (IoT), has revealed that 83% of respondents surveyed agree that billions of connected and wearable devices talking seamlessly to each other and to service providers, will likely “have widespread and beneficial effects” by 2025. Yaron Assabi, Founder of Digital Solutions Group explains the concept: “At its core, the IoT concept takes devices not previously connected online and integrates them into the digital world. When IoT meets the consumer space, retailers will need to rethink the traditional retail store, because consumers, who are accustomed to their connected devices at home

Robin Muilwijk: The future of Linux, Google's Internet of Things standard, and more

Source: „At Tech Republic this week, Matt Asay writes about the future of Linux. Quoted in the article is CoreOS founder and CEO Alex Polvi who says Linux has become fat. "As Linux workloads become ever more specialized, the need for a general purpose Linux distribution declines," writes Asay. He concludes that "Linux, in short, becomes a very thin service for modern developers. CoreOS is worth watching." Asay writes, "Rather than a general purpose Linux with lots of functionality but also unnecessary cruft... thin Linux distributions that do one thing well, like serving email. Read more about Robin Muilwijk: The future of Linux, Google's Internet of Things standard, and more

Danette Breitenbacj: It's coming... The Internet of Things

Source: „One of the biggest shifts since the start of the internet is coming, actually it is already happening. The Internet of Things is, and should be, the most hyped subject at the moment.
So says John Montgomery, COO of GroupM Interaction in North America, when he addressed delegates at the inaugural Social Media Week, which recently took place at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng. "The Internet of Things is already way beyond hype. It is going to be big. How big? That depends on the source, but by 2020 it will be worth trillions of dollars." 

Mthulisi Sibanda: Startups, consumers seen driving Internet of Things

Source: „Makers and startups as well as consumer goods companies or enterprises, will drive acceptance, use and growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of a multitude of niche applications. This is according to leasing technology research firm, Gartner, which that by 2017, 50 per cent of IoT solutions (typically a product combined with a service) will originate in start-ups that are less than three years old. “Conventional wisdom is that the growth of the IoT is driven by large organisations. “As is always the case, there is an element of truth

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Victor Vina: Box. Open System for Connected People

Source: "The architectural spaces we inhabit will become an interface between humans and online digital information. The current research programme focuses on the exploration of computational systems that mix digital media and the physical environment. Tangible interfaces are becoming an increasingly popular design strategy as computational elements become smaller and more ubiquitous and integrate with everyday objects and spaces. This project aims to offer an insight into physical computation that places information in shared social spaces, inside the context of a connected community.

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Rakesh Shetty: Internet of Things: Have We Come Full Circle?

Source: „Back in the 2000 Dot Com boom, stories about how the Internet was going to change the world dominated news headline. Fast forward to 2014 and we may have a replay.
The “Internet of Things” combined with “Big Data” have the potential to drastically change our world once again. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group has predicted some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020, each capturing and sharing insights into business and consumer preferences.
There is a treasure trove of insights to be gleaned from this data to help improve our lives and hopefully make the world a better place.

John Greenough: The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognise the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet.
In an all-new report from BI Intelligence, we examine what is currently driving growth in the Internet of Things and how various sectors of the economy will embrace IoT innovations. Here are a few of the key findings from the BI Intelligence report:

Ian Barker: Why the UK may not be ready for the Internet of Things

Source: „According to a new survey, UK consumers increasingly fear the pace of change they face and are particularly cynical about the need for connected "Internet of Things" devices.
According to the survey of over 1,600 consumers by UK-based audit and accounting specialist KPMG, more than half of people (58 per cent) resent the idea that computers seem to run their lives. Also, 70 per cent suggest that with the marketplace flooded by inter-connected devices, it's too easy for things to go wrong.
The survey reveals a hankering for a return to "simple" technology. Many, for example, mainly want their phone just to make calls

Jodh Ong: Google publishes its ‘Physical Web’ open standard for using URLs as beacons for smart devices

Source: "Google has unveiled the code for its open source Physical Web standard, an attempt to provide an easier way to communicate with public connected devices like vending machines, posters and bus stops. The Internet of Things is making objects around us smarter, but we don’t have a standard way of interacting with them. Many devices require you to download a custom mobile app, but that’s overkill if it’s just for a one-time use.
The Chrome-sponsored Physical Web project wants to use URLs to lower

Asia 2015: Driving the Momentum for Adopting IoT Technologies

The Internet of Things is gaining interest and awareness in Asia with increasing highlights on new IoT projects and initiatives in the region. Driving the momentum further in Asia, IoT Asia 2015 will raise the profile of the IoT industry in Asia by showcasing relevant technological developments and capabilities to end-user attendees. 
New emphasis of cases studies from end-users and adopters of IoT technologies at the conference will bring renewed focus to strategies, examples and insights for technology buyers and SMEs to derive value from the Internet of Things.

Cambridge News: How Waste Metrics founder Antony Quinn is connecting to Internet of Things to cut food waste

Source: "Entrepreneur and founder of new venture Waste Metrics, Antony Quinn, is on a crusade to stop us wasting so much food.
The Waste Resources and Action Programme (WRAP) says we leave 180,000 tonnes of food on our plates in eateries every year – which is like chucking £250 million straight in the BIN. Plus all the money it costs to buy it, prepare it and then get rid of it. Scandalous. Antony, who has a background in economics, software, genetics and design, explains:

Ryan Tomme: The Top 10 IT Trends for 2015: Gartner

Source: „IoT will require organizations to determine how to better manage operations and products more effectively, Gartner claims. Gartner says new mobile devices, wearables, and smart TV screens and displays means businesses will have to pay better attention to customer experience in order to deliver value regardless of which device consumers choose to interact with. Gartner says clouds applications must be designed specifically for business use.
Gartner says computing systems will be able to provide context to queries based on pre-determined data, which should help to speed up processes.

Danielle Walker: Preparing for the Internet of Things

Source: „Another day, another technological phenomenon that has security practitioners at organizations rushing to get prepared. The Internet of Things poses the most recent and upcoming challenges for enterprises, seeing as nearly everything being produced has some sort of sensor attached to it – and where there's a sensor, there's a potential vector of attack. Just when we thought there was too much data floating around nowadays, it's nothing compared to the amount that will be produced by the Internet of Things. In this video, John McCormack, CEO at Websense, sits with SC Magazine Senior Reporter Danielle Walker,

Yuka Ikematsu: In Silicon Valley, Asian startups put the 'things' in the Internet of Things

Source: „Home to such Internet giants as Google and Yahoo, Silicon Valley has long been known as the world's tech hub. But a new breed of entrepreneurs are cropping up among its denizens: manufacturers developing cutting-edge products that exploit advanced online connectivity. The Internet of Things, as such technology has been collectively dubbed, provides a way to collect and analyze massive amounts of data on people and machines and, it is hoped, spur further innovation in everything from health care to manufacturing.

Internet of Things: Enabling the connection of citizens and regions of Europe

A report will follow soon. This session is on October 9. It is fully booked with over 350 participants.
Organisers: DG CONNECT
 Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 0A
Speakers and chair(s): Ms. Bria Francesca , Mr. van Kranenburg Rob (Chair), Mr. Barnaghi Payam , Mr. Sinitsyn Alexander, Mr. Presser Mirko
By 2050, it is expected that more than 70% of the world population will be living in cities and their suburbs. It will be therefore essential to rethink the infrastructures of our cities.


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