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.

Cormac Foster: The Internet of Things has a new home on Gigaom Research

Source: "For years, Gigaom Research has covered the Internet of Things, from smart cities to smart homes to a smart and connected supply chain. During that time, our IoT content has been part of our existing research coverage areas. But over the past 18 months, the IoT has truly come into its own. The smart home and quantified self are on sale at Best Buy. Connected cars are waiting in the showroom, and businesses are saving real money with smart facilities and warehouses. And the latest generation of standards has enabled true platforms to move us from custom one-off development Read more about Cormac Foster: The Internet of Things has a new home on Gigaom Research

eGovWatch: Public cooperation must for building Smart Cities

Source: "“Public cooperation, awareness and four pillars of democracy should play effective role in building a smart city,” Vijayvargiya said , addressing Development of Smart City-Next Gen Cities conference in Bhopal. The minister said that the concept of Smart City depends on socio-economic background of the country. In a country like India, cities should be developed in a democratic way.
Former Union Secretary Urban Development Dr Sudhir Krishna said that development of smart city should not be considered as a difficult work.

Paul Sawers: wants to be the Amazon Web Services for the Internet of Things

Source: “The current state of play with the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of ubiquitous computing, with web-enabled thermostats, self-driving cars, and even connected kettles creeping into our daily lives. But for all the cool applications we’re starting to see in the real world, there needs to be a force that enables it all.
Launching this week, Barcelona-based is setting itself up to be the back-end platform of choice in the burgeoning IoT industry 

Jaap Bloem: Pitching Digital Transformation

Source: “Convincing business executives to wisely invest in digital transformation by advocating solutions around cloud, business intelligence, big data analytics, the Internet of Things — or even Everything — has proven to be counterproductive in too many cases. IT-focused people cherish these concepts because we feel that abstraction is needed to stress their vast potential. But selling promises and proof of concept often only serves to irritate people who, year after year, spent money like water on them. Sure thing that the constant talking of Things and Everything, aka the Internet of Thingamajigs, is driving irritation

Paul Gilster: Why you should keep an eye on the ‘Internet of Things’

Source: “Better keep an eye on the “Internet of Things.” It’s more than just jargon: We’re talking about putting network connectivity into everything from thermostats to toasters, from refrigerators to vacuum cleaners. Market research firm Gartner points out that as our homes get “smarter” – meaning more digitized and connected – the number of Net-enabled objects worldwide will grow to a staggering 26 billion by 2020. That’s a factor of 30 over 2009’s numbers, and a sign that there is big money in connecting objects, allowing not just surprisingly useful information

Giangiacomo Olivi: Internet of Things – When your yogurt pots start talking to you. Towards an EU Approach?

Source: ““When your yogurt pots start talking to you“. Do you remember? This was the start of a call for action from the European Commission on Internet of Things back in 2009. A lot changed since 2009: (i) there are little doubts about the relevance of IoT (estimated 25 billion connected devices by the end of this year – see here on encouraging trends); and (ii) the role that can be played by regulators in fostering growth of IoT related businesses

Anita Podsiadlo: Farming industry must embrace the Internet of Things Vision

Source: “The farming industry must embrace the use of precision agriculture and harness the emerging Internet  of Things (IoT), if it is to feed the 9.6 billion global population expected by 2050, says Therese Cory, senior analyst at Beecham Research and one of the authors of a new report has launched called ‘Towards Smart Farming’. The report explores how machine-to-machine technologies and the IoT are contributing to the transformation of agriculture to improve productivity, quality and quantity. Read more about Anita Podsiadlo: Farming industry must embrace the Internet of Things Vision

Chris Merriman: Bluetooth goes futureproof for the Internet of Things

Source: “The INQUIRER caught up with senior marketing director Errett Kroeter and technical programme manager Martin Woolley from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) to bring us up to speed on what's new since we last spoke in 2013. Bluetooth SIG is a user body which has just surpassed 25,000 member organisations, working together for best practice and cohesion in the Bluetooth standard.
"This is the most connected, most secure and most nimble version of Bluetooth yet.

Justin Herman: IFTTT Combines Social Media, Mobile and Internet of Things for Government

Source: “The newest addition to the federal government’s social media utility belt may also be one of its most powerful, as IFTTT (as in “If This Then That”) combines 166 channels like Twitter, Android and iOS Location and RSS into “recipes” that can integrate government social media, data, location-based services and the Internet of Things.
The service, now one of nearly 80 social media platforms with federal-friendly Terms of Service, will both empower federal managers to operate more

Michael Wolf: Despite Early Days, Market Consolidation for The Internet of Things Has Already Begun

Source: “If you’ve heard a tech CEO or any other tech industry guru bring up the Internet of Things in the last few years, you’ve no doubt heard lots of blue sky declarations about the future. And no wonder, what with all the the eye-popping growth numbers being touted by everyone from Cisco to GE.
But here’s the truth: While there will no doubt be some big winners in all the various Internet of Things markets, whether it be smart home, connected cars, industrial networking or wearables

Simone van der Hof: Privacy and Innovation—The way forward in a world of social media, big data and internet of things~eLaw 30th anniversary~ 1 April 2015, Leiden

Organized by the Center for Law and Digital Technologies, Leiden University
 On 1 April 2015, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a symposium on the future of privacy and innovation. Never before in human history has it been this easy and economically lucrative to collect massive amounts of personal data. Read more about Simone van der Hof: Privacy and Innovation—The way forward in a world of social media, big data and internet of things~eLaw 30th anniversary~ 1 April 2015, Leiden

James Temperton: TV white space will connect the internet of things

Source: “White spaces in the radio spectrum can now be used for anything from wireless flood defences to city-wide Wi-Fi. Services using the technology could appear before the end of the year with surplus spectrum filling in gaps where Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fail.
The spare spectrum comes from bands currently shared by digital TV and wireless microphones. Industry regulator Ofcom, which will oversee the use of the spectrum, said that companies could now also use the spectrum for certain low-powered networks.

Brenda Cooper: Seattle’s ‘smart city’ thinking should include dogs

Source: “When it comes to the ‘smart city’ designation, Seattle is an overachiever. Definitions of what exactly makes a city ‘smart’ vary, but they almost always include a place’s conservation, connectedness, alternative transportation, walkability and a responsive, well-wired city government. What that ‘smart’ designation leaves out: In most cities, and specifically Seattle, engineering for dogs may matter as much as engineering for bikes. (I don’t say this lightly; I’m a ride leader for the Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club as well as a dog owner).

Jonathan Spalter: Internet of Things: Ready for Lift Off

Source: “With 25 billion "things" already connected, the fast-emerging Internet of Things ecosystem is a new hub for mobile innovation and economic growth. While we're still in the early stages, the Internet of Things is getting a lot of attention -- in the tech community, from the media and, this week, on Capitol Hill with the Senate Commerce Committee holding a hearing on the topic. What exactly are all of these gadgets connecting to the web? Everything from the locks on our doors to the medical devices in our bodies, the sensors on our smart grids to the watches on our wrists.


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