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.

Mary K. Pratt: The Internet of Things figures into this IT leader's five-year plan

"What's the biggest pain point in your IT operations right now? Like most companies, you buy systems and live with them for a long time. There are a couple of things we'd like to move away from. [For example,] we have an older work-order system that we use for key parts of the business. It's on a mainframe, and we want to move away from that system and move it into other systems we have that are more modern. It's a lot of business architecture work Read more about Mary K. Pratt: The Internet of Things figures into this IT leader's five-year plan



Howard Solomon: Can a post office leverage the Internet of Things?

Source: „The rise of the Internet has been bad news for post offices around the world, who are trying to fight back in various way. Canada Post, for example, bought Purolator and has decided to cut back on home delivery. The U.S Postal Service is trying another angle: The Internet of Things. Last week it posted a brief notice looking for a company with ideas on how the post office the IoT, data strategy and analytics.


Dr. Nafeez Ahmed : The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy

"We are at the end of a five-thousand-year-plus historical process during which human society grew in scale while it abandoned the early indigenous wisdom councils and communal decision-making," he writes in The Open Source Everything Manifesto. "Power was centralised in the hands of increasingly specialised 'elites' and 'experts' who not only failed to achieve


Roger Strukhoff: The IoT and 2040

Source: „The Internet of Things has taken on a traction this year the likes of which I've not seen during my 25+ years in the global IT industry. Even the birth of the PC and of the Worldwide Web didn't generate the instantaneous momentum I've seen regarding the IoT so far this year.
I realize that many people have been working on and analyzing the IoT for several years, so it may appear as if I'm seeing something late in the game and mistaking a long-rolling snowball for a rocket launch.


Mark Roberti: It's All Coming Together

Source: „As we read daily newspapers, news websites and alerts delivered to our phone, it often seems that news happens randomly and events are unrelated. Then, once in a while, you read something that makes you think that even random news events are part of a larger trend. I had this experience the other day when Rich Handley, RFID Journal's managing editor, sent me a news story titled "New Type Of Computer Capable Of Calculating 640TBs Of Data In One Billionth Of A Second, Could Revolutionize Computing." Read more about Mark Roberti: It's All Coming Together



Dan Kaufman: DARPA Working to Secure Internet of Things

Source: „Dan Kaufman, DARPA‘s Information Innovation Office director, has revealed that the agency is looking into technology that will help secure the emerging Internet of Things, Gigaom reported Thursday.
David Meyer writes Kaufman discussed such potential developments at the recent Gigaom Structure event in San Francisco attended by several technology industry leaders.”
 


Mark Chillingworth: Internet of Things will be a Moral Challenge for CIOs

Source: „The Internet of Things will not only transform the business processes of organisations, it will transform the way organisations behave in society, says CIO Ian Cohen of broking financial services provider JLT Group. The Internet of Things will not only transform the business processes of organisations, it will transform the way organisations behave in society, says CIO Ian Cohen of broking financial services provider JLT Group.


Brian Robinson: Tools to tighten the Internet of Things

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming, and there’s no doubting its potential. Government IT managers don’t care that your fridge can tell your smartphone what you need to buy next, but they do appreciate that advances in connectivity and data collection will enable major improvements to services that government provides citizens.
Those improvements will come from linking the embedded computing systems that drive much of the country’s infrastructure


Noel Young: Internet of Things: Google buys camera firm that can look into your home from anywhere in the world

Source: „A firm that makes in-home cameras allowing users to check their homes by smartphone from anywhere in the world is being bought by Google's Nest Labs for $555 million.
The deal for Dropcam will be in cash, Nest said in a statement, adding that the deal will broaden Nest's product lineup into home security. Nest already sells digital thermostats


Sarah Drake: Sprinklers, cups, clothing: Items you wouldn't think Internet of Things would revamp

Source: „In the not so distant future, household items, cars and appliances will be embedded with communications chips that turn them into smart objects connected to the Web. It's called the Internet of Things, and companies like Apple and Google are already developing ways to make our homes smarter.
We've all read that refrigerators, doors and light controls will be managed through smartphones


Jamie Moss: The internet of things: unlocking the marketing potential

Source: „As increasing number of machines connect to the internet. How can marketers unlock the potential of this trend? Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian
 
We have seen a lot of buzz around the internet of things and how it will change the way all the physical things in our lives work. We are told every device will soon be connected to the internet, which will boost our productivity, make transport more efficient and reduce our energy needs.


CitizenMe: What Does Data Privacy Mean to You? A Digital Anthropologist Wants To Know...

What Does Data Privacy Mean to You? A Digital Anthropologist Wants To Know... As one of our most supportive citizens, we thought you'd be interested in sharing your thoughts on data privacy.
Our rapidly evolving digital world has left traditional definitions of privacy in its wake. As digital citizens, we are left to grapple with shifting boundaries on what information we consider public


Ovidiu Vermesan: IoT European Research Cluster on IoT Week 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t just a buzzword. Smart appliance sales are rising. Wearable fitness trackers are creating a new market in quantified health. Apple is trying to muscle their way into the home automation and health industries, through IoT applications. Gartner analyst Gorge Lopez, writing in the Wall Street Journal, predicts the trend will “change everything” within the next five years. The IERC sent a strong message during the activity chains' sessions that cooperation Read more about Ovidiu Vermesan: IoT European Research Cluster on IoT Week 2014



Standards for an Internet of Things: A workshop co-organized by EC DG Connect and ETSI, 3-4 July 2014

DG CONNECT and ETSI are organizing a workshop in Sophia Antipolis on 3 and 4 July 2014, with the overall objective to perform a “high level exploration through high level experts” of the requirements and implications of IoT, the relations between IoT and M2M, what standards are needed, and the business models they contribute to enabling as well as the policy issues triggered by “all things connected”. Read more about Standards for an Internet of Things: A workshop co-organized by EC DG Connect and ETSI, 3-4 July 2014



Jeff John Roberts: The “internet of things” could be great, but first we need a platform to support it

Source: „Much of the potential of IOT will exist only in theory if there is no infrastructure to support the coming stampede of data it will generate. Here are a few ideas of what needs to happen next.
The “internet of things” refers to the idea of turning everyday objects around us into responsive data devices. It’s one of the hottest ideas in tech right now — even if we’re totally lacking the resources


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