Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino: A Critical Look at Gartner's Internet of Things

The end of the summer marks the return to school and a time to digest our favorite summer publication: the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Chart. Every year I feel a bit confused about this graph. Folks in B2B sectors swear by it and have pointed out that in the last two years the internet of things reached the dangerous 'peak of inflated expectations'.

Jack Palmer: For those working in auto, one key question burns – how will the integration of Internet-enabled objects improve the selling points of the car?

If you’re like me, you’ll be tired of reading wildly ambitious predictions for the Internet of Things.
For those working in auto, one key question burns – how will the integration of Internet-enabled objects improve the selling points of the car?
To identify the apps/services/use cases that consumers really want connecting to the car, TU-Automotive sat down with Volvo, Vodafone and Strategy Analytics.
As Volvo’s director of connectivity strategy put it – “some of the best applications for the car simply haven’t been invented yet”.

Guo Jing: Korean Edition of Internet Plus Launched

A Chinese book, which tells readers how technology has changed people's daily lives and what to expect in the future, has recently been translated into Korean.

"This book demonstrates China's confidence in its Internet scale as well as the development of Internet utilizations. Particularly the areas that we are familiar with, like the progresses in E-commerce, Internet finance and online social networking."

Allison Arieff: The Internet of Way Too Many Things

At a design conference recently, I was introduced to Leeo, a new product that I initially understood to be a reboot of something really in need of a redesign: the smoke detector. As the designer explained his process, I quickly came to understand that Leeo was nothing of the sort. It was a gadget, a night light that “listens” for your smoke detector to go off and then calls your smartphone to let you know your house might be on fire.

So, to “improve” a $20 smoke alarm, the designer opted to add a $99 night light and a several-hundred-dollar smartphone.

James Anderton: Beware the Hype around the Internet of Things

Remember when connectivity and Big Data were the buzzwords of the moment? Well there’s a new kid in town called the Internet of Things (IoT).

Based on the media hype, you’d think it’s the technological equivalent of the Second Coming. For manufacturing, they call it “Industrial IoT” or “Industry 4.0.” In either case it’s predicted to be disruptive.

Mehboob Jeelani: Smart City has to be compact: experts

The model relies on high property taxes and expensive public services.

At the first-ever workshop on the Smart City Mission hosted for mayors and commissioners, Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said the government’s urban renewal policies were designed to accommodate the urban poor. Yet his views contradicted with the financing model of the project, which largely relies on high property taxes and expensive public services.

For the first time in India’s urban governance, mayors will be given powers to design their cities.

Andrew Timm: The Internet of Things Needs Innovators With These Three Traits: Sound Like You?

I’ve been attending PTC’s flagship conferences for a decade. While the keynote speakers are always exciting, Malcom Gladwell’s presentation this year was especially meaningful. I’ve always understood what was being discussed at a technical level, but this year Gladwell didn’t talk technical – he told a story – one that I connected with deeply.

Smart City plans should come up in consultation with people: Venkaiah Naidu

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said that a ‘Smart City’ is what the citizens want their places to be and the city-level plans should be evolved based on extensive consultations with them. Smart City Plans will be evaluated in the second stage of City Challenge competition based on such consultations and their economic and environmental impacts, Naidu said.

Brian Truong: on a mission to replace annoying/ineffective ads

The idea actually started from my own experience trying to build a news app -- it was so hard to monetize with ads and paywalls that we had to close it down. While working in venture capital, I realized that surveys were expensive to run but that perhaps we could ask a survey question when users come onto sites.

We realized it could actually work when we tried out our product on a couple of sites and saw that 50% of users would answer the questions out of good will.

FP Staff: Why Internet of Things will change cybersecurity forever: Gartner

Over 20 percent of enterprises will have digital security services devoted to protecting business initiatives using devices and services in the Internet of Things (IoT) by year end 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner defines digital security as the risk-driven expansion and extension of current security risk practices that protect digital assets of all forms in the digital business and ensures that relationships among those assets can be trusted.

Researcher Assistant / Research Associate: Developer - Internet of Things infrastructure for event/exhibition spaces (Fixed Term)- closing 23 September 2015

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 11 months in the first instance.

An opportunity has arisen for a researcher-developer to work with us in creating a platform to enable new, engaging interactive experiences within event/exhibition spaces.
The project entails close collaboration with partners from a number of internationally renowned arts organisations.

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