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.

Clint Finley: The Internet of Anything: A Social Network for the World’s Online Sensors

Source: “When her oldest daughter was diagnosed with asthma last March, Yodi Stanton installed air pollution sensors around her London home. She wanted to see if there were links between her daughter’s attacks and the number of dirty particles in the air. Ultimately, she wasn’t able to find a correlation. But maybe some else will find gold in this data. Instead of keeping it to herself, Stanton streamed the data to a public online service she helped create called, and from there, it can be accessed

James Temperton: ’Enchanted objects' will kill the internet of things in 2015

Source: “Smart objects that blend fashion and our everyday lives will kill off the internet of things in 2015, according to Cedric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. The French company, best known for its smart scales and sensor-packed watches, is now targeting fashion over traditional tech in a bid to expand its business.
Speaking at Le Web 2014 in Paris, Hutchings said the smart devices of the future would be integrated into "dumb" objects we already take for granted: "Wearables need not to be 'dropables'.

IoT Asia: Transform Businesses Through IoT Adoption

IoT Asia: In Asia Pacific, the Internet of Things (IoT) adoption is expected to grow to US$57.96 billion by 2020. Based on the latest report by Frost & Sullivan, total Asia Pacific spending on Internet of Things is forecasted to reach US$9.96 billion in 2014 and will continue to grow at a CAGR of 34.1% to reach US$57.96 billion by 2020. Even as news on Internet of Things developments and projects large and small continue to hit the headlines, preconceptions and questions from potential adopters remain, such as:  • What is the adoption process like? • How complex is the technology and integration process?

  Read more about IoT Asia: Transform Businesses Through IoT Adoption

Stephen Blank: The Right Questions to Ask About the Internet of Things

Source: “The automation world has be abuzz recently about the possibility of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its role in automation. Currently, I have no less than four trade publications on my desk open to recent articles on IoT. All of the publications speak of the benefits and pitfalls. (Side note: It's interesting that most of the articles I have read have been written by manufacturers of devices and software, or by people who have a vested interest in promoting these vendors.) In short, IoT speaks of device-to-device (or device-to-enterprise) communication.

Jack Moore: Will Government regulation kill the Internet of Things

Source: “The government needs to update laws and regulations to accommodate the explosive growth of Internet-connected smart devices or risk falling behind the global technology curve. That's the view of a few tech-minded lawmakers who have turned their focus to the expanding web of objects and sensors that make up the so-called Internet of Things. “We're destined to lose to the Chinese or others if the Internet of Things is governed in the United States by rules that predate our VCRs,” said Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

Anand Parthasarathy: Internet of Things is a DIY dream

Source: “Bangalore: In his book "The Road Ahead" Bill Gates  reproduces a famous 'New Yorker' cartoon that shows two dogs, one sitting on a chair in front of a PC,  telling  a second dog sitting on the floor: "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog!" It underlined the fact that the Net was a great equalizer --  serving all who accessed it. Two decades after that seminal comment, we are facing another  technology  leveler: the Internet of Things (IoT) --  the interconnection of  billions of  devices ( 20 billion and counting)  within the existing Internet, without requiring human interaction. The beauty of IoT

Bonnie Gardiner: The hidden environmental cost of the Internet of Things

Source: “Analyst firm Gartner is forecasting that the IoT will encompass some 30 billion connected devices by 2020. And while networking vendor Cisco has pegged the IoT's value at $14.4 trillion between 2013 and 2022, questions are being asked over its potential environment cost.
What becomes of these thousands of sensors and smart devices once they reach EOL? Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research VP and green IT specialist with Gartner, says that this is one of her biggest concerns around the growth of the IoT.
“Gartner has forecast that by 2020

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Amazon is tech company of the year

Source: “Make a list of all of the standout or even emerging consumer tech trends of 2014 and, no matter what it is — wearable technology, music streaming, cable cutting or the Internet of Things — Amazon is involved with its own service or product.
It’s telling that when asked who he saw as his company’s biggest direct competitor, Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, recently singled out the online retailer. “Many people think our main competition is Bing or Yahoo,” he said during a visit to a Native Instruments, software and hardware company in Berlin. “But, really, our biggest search competitor is Amazon.

Michele Nati: Internet of Things Guildford Meetup 5: Yue Cao and IoT 6 upcoming

IoT Meetup 5: Yue Cao proposes an efficient communication framework based on Publish/Subscribe (P/S) mechanism to disseminate necessary information of CSs to EVs. The questions to Yue had to do with the following:
  • What is the impact of smart cars in general? Is everything expected to be automated?
  • How does Yue’s solution work with differ densities, e.g., in urban and rural areas?
  • What is the impact of wireless charging?
  • Is there a queue managementt?

Douglas Soltys: John Chen talks smartphone strategy, spying, and the Internet of Things

Source: “BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently sat down with Bloomberg news for an extended video interview discussing both his past at Sybase and the future of the company he’s been leading for approximately one year. Admitting that his preference for resuscitating struggling companies is due to a love for fixing things, Chen lays out BlackBerry’s basic go-forward strategy. Not surprisingly, the two “S” words – smartphones and security – come up.
“We’re trying to broaden ourself way beyond just the device, just the phone…

Maxx Chatsko: Why Monsanto Might Be the Best Internet of Things Stock

Source: "The Internet of Things has become a hot investing topic lately as consumers dream of the day that their coffee makers text them when it's time for a deep clean. Of course, there's more value creation to look forward to than one sarcastic example; the potential savings that could be derived from efficiency gains alone are worth the media hype. However, despite the enormous potential for nonhousehold applications, consumer-facing technology companies have been handed the majority of the limelight. Investors would be wise to consider all of the potential avenues.

Carl Ford: Getting Semantic about Sensors

Source: “The dialogue this week has been on data analytics. From aggregating raw sensor data to Web visualization, the story has been Big Data.  Big Data, as a concept, is as nebulous as the cloud.  Often wanting to avoid sounding too parochial to a vertical, the discussion is so general I think I am hearing about snake oil.
From a garbage in garbage out stand point, often the demos involve something that uses crowd sourcing, which is useful to judge sentiment, but not necessarily accurate. My discussion with Bright Wolf Co-Founder James Branigan and Director David Houghton, quickly got me past my normal concerns about the analytics discussions.  

Trebor Scholz: Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy

Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy: "The backlash against unethical labor practices in the “collaborative sharing economy” has been overplayed. Recently, The Washington Post, New York Times and others started to rail against online labor brokerages like Taskrabbit, Handy, and Uber because of an utter lack of concern for their workers. At the recent Digital Labor conference, my colleague McKenzie Wark proposed that the modes of production that we appear to be entering are not quite capitalism as classically described. “This is not capitalism,” he said, “this is something worse.”

‘Things’ Are Heating Up: What’s New in the Internet of Things

Source: “Stories about the Internet of Things — everyday objects that have been upgraded to send and receive data — are growing ever more common in the media, and for good reason. As a July post in the New York Times’ Bits blog commented, “Over the next few years, very little stands to be bigger than the Internet of Things, or IoT…. The IoT is expected to eventually touch some 200 billioncars, appliances, machinery and devices globally.”
But before we can reach that future of 200 billion or more networked objects, developers will have to deal with a host of on-the-ground challenges. At the recent BizTech@Wharton


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