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.

Limor Fried : Minimizing Risk Is Easy: Adopt a Bill of Rights

These Internet of Things devices hold a lot of potential and promise for makers. This is where all devices are headed. Whether you want a gadget to give you weather forecasts or relay sensor data to a network, it’s crucial that it be able to "talk" and report automatically and reliably. But that doesn’t necessarily lead to "1984." In fact, businesses and consumers can avoid that path easily. Read more about Limor Fried : Minimizing Risk Is Easy: Adopt a Bill of Rights



Mirko Presser: Real-Time IoT Stream Processing and Large-scale Data Analytics for Smart City Applications

The CityPulse project kicked off its activities in Guildford this month to address these challenges. The project will approach this from 3 different angles (1) from the municipalities needs, (2) citizens wishes and (3) technologists dreams. If you are a city – get in touch to get involved. Read more about Mirko Presser: Real-Time IoT Stream Processing and Large-scale Data Analytics for Smart City Applications



Chris Preimesberger: eWEEKChat Sept. 11: "How Will Internet of Things Change Us?"

eWEEKchat No. 9 will discuss the impact of the coming Internet of Things. This is a completely connected world in which people can control virtually anything they own from a handheld device, and one in which machines talk to each other 24/7 to make things more efficient for people. Read more about Chris Preimesberger: eWEEKChat Sept. 11: "How Will Internet of Things Change Us?"



Fleur Doidge: Even more things will be connected to the internet

Source: "IT and telecoms tracker Idate has confirmed the ongoing expansion of the so-called Internet of Things.
The market watcher and thinktank's latest report on the phenomenon suggests that 15 billion different things including machines, connected devices and other objects were online last year, up from 2010's four billion.


Brett Goldstein: When Government Joins the Internet of Things

Source: "We all interact daily with public infrastructure — roads, parks, mass transit, water supplies. Increasingly, this infrastructure contains sensors that collect and use data on our interactions with it.

As the "Internet of things" evolves, the data held by public entities is a critical component of its architecture. Read more about Brett Goldstein: When Government Joins the Internet of Things



Adi Tedjasaputra: Cisco & Solving the Problems of Jakarta with Technology

The first concern expressed by Pak Basuki, the Vice Governor of Jakarta was traffic management. An idea of having an intelligent traffic light was expressed by him. In addition, the capability of monitoring public transportation, such as Busway, also came up in the discussion. The next concern was how to make people feel safe in the streets of Jakarta


Mitar: Next time a utility service comes and wants to install new sensor in your house: ask them if it runs Linux

The issue is, that while data is produces by activities of people, they themselves do not have direct access to all this data in its pure and unabridged form and moreover they do not control the gateways through which this data is collected (utility services devices installed in houses... Read more about Mitar: Next time a utility service comes and wants to install new sensor in your house: ask them if it runs Linux



Boost in RFID from Gigantic Growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Objects (IoO)

Source: "The Internet of Things is a concept whereby any item can connect to the Internet to retrieve information to enhance its intrinsic value. The scope of the Internet of Things (IoT) is therefore very broad. It includes communicating devices and M2M but it aims to go beyond M2M by enabling any object to connect and leverage the Internet  Read more about Boost in RFID from Gigantic Growth of Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Objects (IoO)



SocIoTal: Citizen network, Apps and IoT

Source: Citizen network: There is another chapter in the smart city story - and this one is being written by citizens, who are using apps, DIY sensors, smartphones and the web to solve the city problems that matter to them. Don't Flush Me is a neat little DIY sensor and app which is single-handedly helping to solve one of New York's biggest water issues.  Read more about SocIoTal: Citizen network, Apps and IoT



Peter Clarke: IoT Pioneer NEUL Takes More Money

Source: "Television white-space spectrum pioneer Neul Ltd. has closed an initial tranche of a $5 million Series B round of equity funding. The company did not reveal the names of its latest backers but said in a press release that it would use the money to develop its "network-as-a-service" to allow network operators to deliver Internet-of-Things services starting in 2014.  Read more about Peter Clarke: IoT Pioneer NEUL Takes More Money



Tom Quan: The Internet Of Things Grows Chip By Chip

Source: "Semiconductors are key to the Internet of Things, but the IoT is a new kind of challenge for the industry, requiring an unprecedented combination of high performance and high volume. The term “Internet of Things” (IoT) has been bandied about for some time now, and the range of “smart” applications that fall into this sprawling category is broad and growing.  Read more about Tom Quan: The Internet Of Things Grows Chip By Chip



Kashmir Hill: Shodan: “It’s scary that there are power plants connected to the Internet.”

Shodan’s been used to find webcams with security so low that you only needed to type an IP address into your browser to peer into people’s homes, security offices, hospital operating rooms, child care centers and drug dealer operations.  Read more about Kashmir Hill: Shodan: “It’s scary that there are power plants connected to the Internet.”



IDATE forecasts enormous growth of Internet of Things in new report

....15 billion things (machines, connected devices and objects) were connected to the Internet in 2012, up from 4 billion in 2010. According to Samuel Ropert, project leader of this report "In 2020, there will be 80 billion where IoO will represent 85% of the total IoT, ahead of communicating devices with 11% and M2M with only 4%."  Read more about IDATE forecasts enormous growth of Internet of Things in new report



Stacey Higginbotham:Why internet of things is a second chance to define trust and privacy



Source: "As we connect more things to the web and share more data, there hasn’t been a coherent effort to build trust and privacy into the internet of things. This is why a conversation I had with ARM’s CTO Mike Muller last month was so refreshing.  Read more about Stacey Higginbotham:Why internet of things is a second chance to define trust and privacy





Alan Reiter: Internet of Things Store Opens Its Doors

The store opened in late August by SmartThings, which received initial funding from aKickstarter crowdfunding project. The store sells its own home automation products for such applications as controlling lights, air conditioners, heaters, and appliances; unlocking doors; and transmitting various alerts if windows are opened or the dog has jumped on a couch. Read more about Alan Reiter: Internet of Things Store Opens Its Doors



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