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.

Pranav Dixit: These Ant-Sized Radios Might Power The Internet of Things

Source: „The jury is still out on whether the Internet of Things will make our lives any easier. If and when it does, a lot of it might be powered these tiny, ant-sized radios. These radios that are made of silicon and measure just a few millimeters each, have been developed by researchers at Stanford University. You can fit dozens of them on a penny and the good news is that they're dirt cheap to manufacture. How did they achieve this? No batteries, for one, says PC World. The power requirements of these radios are so little that they can harvest the energy that they need from nearby radio fields, such as a reader device.”

Deadline extended to: September 29 14: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry, practitioners, IoT vendors, and application-domain stakeholders to discuss the costs and benefits of emerging IoT ecosystems and the move from a vertical to horizontal model of integration.

We seek submissions that cover all aspects of system-level architecture, service provision and network infrastructure as well as papers that consider domain specific concerns. Read more about Deadline extended to: September 29 14: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

RE.WORK: Q&A with Craig Hollingworth from Concirrus

Source, Sophie Curtis: "Craig is an expert in the emerging technologies, Machine 2 Machine (M2M) and Internet of things (IOT) marketplace, having held senior positions in O2, Telefonica, France Telecom, Orange and Masternaut. 
Concirrus was formed to make it easy for companies to design, build and operate solutions for the IOT.
With 10-years of experience combined with a proven methodology and a cloud-based platform for managing ‘Things’, Concirrus has simplified the World’s of IOT and M2M into a multi-award winning service for our customers."

Camille Tuutti: What happens when the physical and virtual worlds collide?

Source: „Imagine a world where everyday objects and appliances anticipate your unique needs. Devices in your home will be smart enough to know when you’re low on your favorite food, how to give you the best driving directions depending on traffic flow and weather, and monitor -- and improve -- your health.
It’s clear the Internet of Things has great promise.
But this convergence of the physical and virtual worlds also presents dangers. For starters, what happens when all these new technologies go kaput?”

Tony McDonough: Liverpool event will offer Merseyside firms the chance to learn about the internet of things

Source: „Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne talks to Dr Munira Raja during a visit to the University of Liverpool's Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. During the International Festival for Business 2014 in Liverpool this summer, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £15m project to turn the city into a global research and innovation centre for the “internet of things”. Sensor City is a project being set up by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores

Andrew C. Oliver: APIs will glue together the Internet of things

Source: „A while back, I wrote about how I learned to stop worrying and love my creepy smartphone and how data is converging to tell us more about our users, specifically what they're going to do based on their past behavior. The other week, I wrote about how Jawbone's Up bands detected the recent earthquake in Northern California, and how you're able to write apps using Up band data via an open RESTful API. In fact, the other major producers like Fitbit also have an API, and the number and types of devices exposing their information are rapidly increasing.” The so-called Internet of things can be up close and personal, and APIs are the key to making it happen Read more about Andrew C. Oliver: APIs will glue together the Internet of things

Ovidiu Vermesan & Peter Friess: IoT European Research Cluster

“I’ll tell you what got me specifically thinking about this,” says Jeremy Rifkin, principal architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution economic development plan, and whose new book deals specifically with how a trio of social phenomena – the Internet of Things, the collaborative commons and the zero marginal cost society – is set to change the world." In this new context the next IERC meeting will take place on 23 October 2014. Please reserve the date in your calendar. The agenda of the meeting will be sent at the beginning of October 2014.

Michael Wolf: Here's Why Every Company Is A Service Provider In The Internet Of Things Era

Source: „Imagine for a moment you run a company that makes TV sets or washing machines. Basically any sort of home product that plugs into the wall. Your relationship with the customer used to be pretty straightforward, didn’t it? You designed a product, manufactured it, marketed it, sold it in a store. After the sale there would be some after sale support as you made good on your warranty – your’s is that kinda company, after all – but for the most part, the relationship with the consumer post-sale was tenuous and mostly non-existent.

Meghan Ottolini: Internet Of Things: Ready For Mainstream?

Source: „First it was cloud, then BYOD -- now, the biggest buzzword being thrown around the channel is the Internet of Things. Smart devices and cloud enablement are connecting homes, workspaces and offices, but just how entrenched is the trend in IT? Has the opportunity around Internet of Things come to fruition yet? The jury is still out among solution providers. Some say it’s actually nothing new. "I think the concepts of the Internet of Things have kind of been around for a while," said MightyOaks CEO Elder Matias. "It's just they're moving out of niche areas into the mainstream."

Triska Hamid: Dubai rolling out smart city on a small scale

Source: „Dubai’s dream of becoming an integrated smart city moved a step closer yesterday with the emirate’s Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) announcing plans to build a pilot-scale project in the planned Silicon Park. The Centre of Excellence for Smart Habitat (Cesh) will be built in the planned Dh1.1 billion, 150,000 square metre Silicon Park smart city, itself a part of the Dubai Silicon Oasis technology park. DSOA, the regulatory body, said that Cesh would be designed as a fully functioning smart city and was due to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, along with the official opening of Silicon Park.

Jeff Engel: OnKol Wants to Help Grandma Join the Internet of Things Movement

Source: „As investors and corporations pour millions of dollars into connected-home devices, tech companies have no shortage of ideas—from smart thermostats and home security systems to data-collecting toothbrushes and a refrigerator that sends alerts when the milk is almost out.
But while most of these “Internet of things” products are aimed at young tech-savvy adults or parents with kids, Milwaukee-based OnKol is hoping to tackle a different market: aging parents and their children.

Emily Adler: The Internet Of Things Is Creating A New Growth Opportunity For The Consumer Tech And Electronics Industries

Source: "The Internet of Things has the potential to be the catalyst for a new era of growth in consumer electronics.  Billions of once-inert everyday and enterprise devices are already connected to the internet — including smart appliances and home devices like refrigerators and alarm clocks — and the number is exploding. By 2020 that number of internet-connected devices will top 50 billion, according to estimates from Morgan Stanley and Cisco. " Read more about Emily Adler: The Internet Of Things Is Creating A New Growth Opportunity For The Consumer Tech And Electronics Industries

Laura Cole: Heralding the Internet of Things: How Will it Impact Business Owners?

Source: „While it is not universally accepted wisdom, there is a growing sense that artificial intelligence will supersede human intelligence at some point during the next 100 years. This will ultimately see technology supersede nature as the dominant global force and change the social landscape beyond all recognition.
Although the merits of this can be debated at length, there is little doubt that humans are becoming increasingly integrated with technology and its leading innovations."

John Soldatos: Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things

The workshop is organised by the high-profile OpenIoT project with support from the European Commission under the 7th framework Programme.
Download the complete workshop programme here.
Workshop on Interoperability and Open-Source Solutions for the Internet of Things
Date: September 18, 2014 (a full-day workshop)
Location: Split, Croatia

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PSFK Labs: Why ‘Contexual’ Is the New ‘Search’ Living Within the Internet of Things

Source: „The days of a standard user experience are over, and there’s no need to adjust the settings. Do you know what the word foudroyant means? What if you had read that a customer’s foudroyant display of anger had shocked the cashier as though she’d been struck by lightning? Even without a dictionary, you can begin to piece together clues based on information around it. We use context clues in reading, and in our daily lives, to suss out the meaning of things that we’re unfamiliar with. In the Internet of Things, smart objects are reading between


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