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.

Marcus Kirsch: Post Mortem Industries (1): Automotive The 4 phases of industry innovation and automotive

Source: “I decided to write a number of articles for some of the industries in flux, both to clear my head and to filter some ideas through my new approach using infrastructure, glue and human behaviour as the main reference areas for the proposals and views. Automotive had a strong year 2014, full of partnerships with big connectors like Google, Apple, AT&T, etc. But the connectedness with the driver’s phone and the self-driving car to reduce accidents feels like

Julie Sartain: Internet of Things could be key to IT's response to climate change

Source: “Scientists announced last month that 2014 was the planet's warmest year on record, sparking renewed debate in Washington about the causes of global warming and what to do about it. But global warming isn’t just a political issue, it’s an IT issue as well.
No matter what your personal beliefs are, IT execs would be remiss if they didn’t think about global warming in the context of disaster recovery, just as you would if your company were located in a region prone to hurricanes or earthquakes.

Shelly Dutton: The Power Of The Internet Of Things Is Greater Than You Think – Here’s Why

Source: “Whether we knew it or not, data has been collected about our lives for decades. Think about it. For over 30 years, we’ve made purchases on credit and debit cards. And of course, there’s the government gathering tax and census information on a consistent basis. 
Then everything changed when the world’s first connected device – other than a computer – was a modified Coke machine at Carnegie Mellon University that reported inventory and temperature of loaded drinks.

Eric Hal Schwartz: The Internet of Things and Social Media Turn the Super Bowl into a Shopping Frenzy

Source: “The Super Bowl halftime show will be a high-tech shopping experience this year thanks to the Internet of Things and social media. Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz may be upstaged by the "Hyped for Halftime" show that will let people buy what they see on their screen as they appear using smart TVs and Twitter. The Super Bowl is always as much about advertising as it is about football, but new technology makes the connection between ads and purchases all but instantaneous. Ad-tech developer Delivery Agent

Warren Olivier: Will the Internet of Things bring new data availability challenges?

Source: “The move towards the “Internet of Things” (IoT) – in which everything from fridges and TVs to running shoes and wristwatches are connected to the Internet – will create new data availability challenges for individuals and companies alike.
Worldwide, IDC says the adoption of IoT products and solutions will grow dramatically in the next few years from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020. Two-thirds of consumers plan to buy connected technology for their homes by 2019, and half plan to buy wearable technology.

The FIWARE ASSOCIATION has made a first non formal and non peer reviewed review of the FIWARE Generic Enablers

The FIWARE ASSOCIATION (soon on fiwareassociation. org .com and .eu) has made a first non formal and non peer reviewed review of the FIWARE Generic Enablers part of the official FIWARE Architecture in their Open Spec. Green: Generic Enabler which are available under Open Source License. Red: Generic Enabler not available - catalogue links are broken / missing

Froma Harrop: The Internet of every darn thing

Source: “Federal Trade Commission head Edith Ramirez put the matter plainly: "If I'm wearing a fitness band that tracks how many calories I consume, I wouldn't want to share that data with an insurance company." In a study last year, the FTC found that 12 mobile fitness apps shared information with 76 enterprises. Face it; personal gadgetry tied to the Internet is selling data about your habits to businesses -- and in ways you have no idea about. These devices range from home-burglar alerts to apps that turn off the porch light to toothbrushes. As of this year, there will be 25 billion such things.

Jahangir Mohammed: How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

Source: “Not long ago, after you bought a new vehicle, the manufacturer had very little contact with you for years until it was time to sell you another car. The Internet of Things is changing all that. The IoT-enabled “connected car” turns the vehicle itself into a hub for an entire ecosystem of connected services that offer consumers a wealth of benefits including enhanced safety and security, a richer user experience and a new suite of product offerings. From the manufacturer’s perspective, this also helps establish an ongoing Read more about Jahangir Mohammed: How Connected Cars Have Established A New Ecosystem Powered By IoT

Reeyaz Hamirani: Without Identity, the Internet of Things is Just Noise

Source: “As the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wrapped up in Las Vegas earlier this month, one thing became abundantly clear: 2015 is going to be a big year for connected devices. From toothbrushes that can schedule check-ups with dentists to yoga mats that can analyze poses in real-time, 3,000+ companies launched more than 20,000 new products at CES this year. Collectively referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT), this concept of connected devices is obviously nothing new. In fact, Gartner predicts that the number of Internet-connected

Narbeh Derhacobian: Why some of tech’s greatest minds are still missing the Internet of Things picture

Source: “I did not attend the annual Consumer Electronics Show two weeks ago, but I eagerly read about the prototypes for new consumer gadgets and services that debuted there. From all accounts, the Internet of Things was a major theme of the show. Yet, to my dismay, the coverage I saw coming out of the event was decidedly ambivalent, even dismissive, when it came to the potential of the Internet of Things.
How can this be? The Internet of Things (IoT) has been heralded far and wide as the next great revolution in technology.

PTI: Smart city plan: Criteria agreed for selection, ranking

“The government's initiative for creating 100 smart cities achieved a major milestone today as the various stakeholders came out with the criteria for the selection and ranking of cities and also broadly agreed on innovative financing models and urban governance reforms to be implemented as part of the project. 
The way forward emerged after intense discussions at a two-day 'Consultation Workshop of States and Stakeholders on Smart Cities', which concluded here today. “

Pete Carey: Q&A: Jasper CEO Jahangir Mohammed, on the Internet of Things

Source: “Jasper, a maker of cloud-based systems, had just finished moving into its new Santa Clara headquarters this week when its CEO and founder Jahangir Mohammed sat down for a conversation about the rapidly evolving "Internet of Things."
Mohammed realized his dream of starting a company 11 years ago, before the term Internet of Things had been coined to denote a growing array of smart, connected devices. But he had a vision of a connected world, and he realized that if he created

Mark Pomerleau: Cheat sheet for the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things is not a ways down the road, it’s banging on the door. According to Gartner, there will be about 4.9 billion connected units in use this year; by 2020, that number will grow to 26 billion. Another study said that nearly 20 percent of the planet’s developers are working in some capacity on projects related to the Internet of Things. That kind of far-reaching, fast-growing technology has a lot of people seriously worried about privacy and security. Eugene Kaspersky even calls IoT the Internet of Threats because of the potentially catastrophic danger of the ever increasing number

Dancing with the IoT Stars in Barcelona

Source: "In about a month, the annual madness that is the Mobile World Congress will hit Barcelona, but as usual the more interesting events (IMHO etc.) will take place elsewhere in the city. This year, is partnering with 4FYN, a huge mobile innovation and startup-focused conference, but we’re also excited about supporting and taking part in another event called IoT Stars. Obviously focused on IoT aka the ‘Internet of Things’, it’s essentially a new, high-level startup competition, which will see 10 startups pitching in front of an impressive jury at the iconic Agbar Tower in Barcelona (pictured above) on Monday, March 2.

Next on Modern Workplace—The Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things is changing how people and technology interact. With 1.9 billion devices connected today and an estimated 50 billion projected by 2020, the opportunity to gain efficiencies, enable innovation and increase agility through connected devices is massive.
Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on February 3rd and hear directly from two Internet of Things experts on how connecting your devices and your people can provide insights to predict and respond ahead of the competition. Plus, find out how Office 365 tools


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