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.

Harbor Research Newsletter: Data Constellations and the Magic of Emergence

Data Constellations and the Magic of Emergence: "Is there really an image of a bear in the nighttime sky? How about an archer, or some girls, or a big and little dipper? Across the planet and the centuries, people have seen pictures in the stars—and more or less the same pictures, too. It takes a special kind of intelligence to do that. Dogs, for example, are intelligent creatures, but they don’t see the pictures. Read more about Harbor Research Newsletter: Data Constellations and the Magic of Emergence



Antonio Jara: International Workshop on Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC 2013)

IoT6 and AINA2013 CFP: This workshop aims at gathering researchers and developers from the fields of the Internet of Things, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Smart Cities to discuss the technologies and research challenges associated to new applications and services in Smart Livable Cities. The Internet of Things is a key enabler for the realization of smart cities as it allows for the pervasive interaction with/between the smart things leading to an effective integration of information into the digital world. Read more about Antonio Jara: International Workshop on Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC 2013)



Bruce Kasanoff: The ‘Internet of Things’ needs to empower people, not machines

Source: "Sensors embedded in everything you buy in the future could radically change what computers are capable of, but ultimately, they’ll need to save you time, money and annoyance to be worth their weight in silicon. Business predictions from more than a decade ago are not likely to come true as originally envisioned, and that’s turning out to be the case with the so-called “Internet of Things.” By his own account, Kevin Ashton coined the term “Internet of Things” in a presentation to Proctor & Gamble in 1999. Read more about Bruce Kasanoff: The ‘Internet of Things’ needs to empower people, not machines



Serge de Beer: History of Objects A concept for learning with IoT

Learning can happen everywhere and anytime. But what if this learning takes places at a certain location or needs special equipment? Students and teachers won't all ways be able to be at the same location, at the same time. Specially when students have a internship, the physical distance between student and teacher can be big. History of Objects is a concept to make this gap smaller. When locations and equipment can store the students activity in The Cloud, teacher are able to monitor the learning process and give coaching based on detailed information. Read more about Serge de Beer: History of Objects A concept for learning with IoT



Planning and managing disruptive business models for RFID-startups-The disruptor's arrow of time

Abstract (provisional), in Communications in Mobile Computing 2012: "This paper presents a one-page visual tool for adaptively planning and managing potentially disruptive business models such as in RFID-Startups. The visual tool is called "The Disruptor's Arrow of Time." The modular and iterative approach of the Disruptor's Arrow of Time overcomes a serious limitation of Waterfall Business Planning, which rigidly focuses on a single chain of activities from planning to execution. Read more about Planning and managing disruptive business models for RFID-startups-The disruptor's arrow of time



Derrick Harris: Why the internet of things needs ‘curated openness’

Derrick Harris: Why the internet of things needs ‘curated openness’:" The internet of things is for real, even if it’s nowhere near the nirvana of devices that speak with each other and take care of our every waking need automatically. The only way it will get there, says RIM’s Sebastian Marineau-Mes, is with industry-wide standards. Good news if you’d like to live in a world where our phones talk to our cars, which in turn talk to our homes, and where apps follow you from device to device and even vehicle to vehicle: The technology to do these things is here today. Read more about Derrick Harris: Why the internet of things needs ‘curated openness’



Tom Chinnock: 8 weeks from Forum Brussels 4th Annual Internet of Things Conference

The Internet of Things, the principle of connected devices and objects that are uniquely identifiable, is increasingly becoming a reality, with related technologies rapidly finding their way into everyday life. In order to achieve a single market for IoT and maximize the advantages that a safe and advanced IoT would bring, policymakers, citizens and industry need to continue to collaborate together.

The 4th Annual Internet of Things Europe, 12-13 November, Management Centre Europe, Brussels -, is  on twitter Read more about Tom Chinnock: 8 weeks from Forum Brussels 4th Annual Internet of Things Conference



Michael Koster: Smart Object API

The Smart Object API is a Semantic Web Linked Data application for the Internet of Things (IoT). It consists of a URI-Object encapsulation of semantic and real-time data properties associated with features of interest. The Smart Object architecture roughly conforms to the Virtual Entity, the Information Model, and the Channel Model set out in the IoT-A Architecture Reference Model (IoT-A ARM). Supports direct interaction between smart sensors, smart gateways, cloud/internet services, and user devices. Interaction uses standard web protocols and formats and is semantically a superset of the CoAP protocol. Read more about Michael Koster: Smart Object API



Thingsquare Announces Software to Simplify the Internet of Things

source: "Thingsquare, a pioneering provider of open-source software for the Internet of Things, today announced Thingsquare Mist, a standards-based mesh networking platform. Thingsquare Mist allows developers of smart lighting systems, smart cities, smart homes and smart buildings to quickly add Internet connectivity to their devices. A key feature of Thingsquare Mist is its ability to seamlessly connect Mist networks with existing networks based on the Internet Protocol (IP), without need for manual configuration. Read more about Thingsquare Announces Software to Simplify the Internet of Things



Dennis Pfisterer: true potential of sensor technology is massively under-exploited.

On SPITFIRE: "Sensors are ubiquitous in infrastructures, appliances, mobile phones, and wireless sensor networks. Their widespread deployment represents a significant financial investment and technical achievement and the data they deliver is capable of supporting an almost unlimited set of high value proposition applications. This is a powerful and profitable confluence of need, capability, and economic opportunity - yet the true potential of sensor technology is massively under-exploited. Read more about Dennis Pfisterer: true potential of sensor technology is massively under-exploited.



Axel Quack: Facebook’s Updated iPhone App Aids Internet of Things

Wildpark: "Buried in the details of last week’s update to Facebook’s now-native iOS app was a small bit of technology that could have potentially big impact on the future of the Internet of Things. The technology is called Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), an IBM-developed protocol for real-time messaging over networks with low power and bandwidth." MQTT is now under the hood within Facebook’s iOS app’s messaging features, part of Facebook’s efforts to pull in the features from its native Messenger app. Read more about Axel Quack: Facebook’s Updated iPhone App Aids Internet of Things



QR codes for bikes in Aarhus

 

In a collaboration between TAGLOCK and Aarhus Cykelby (part of the municipality of Aarhus, Denmark) 140.000 free stickers with unique QR-codes have just been distributed by the postal services to households in selected suburbs of the city. Each household has received a small info-folder, including 4 TAGLOCK stickers to put on bikes for tracking purposes. Read more about QR codes for bikes in Aarhus



Tales of Things invites you to: I Am Seeing Things 25th October 9.30 to 16.30

Tales of Things invites you to: I Am Seeing Things 25th October 9.30 to 16.30: A one day symposium at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, reflecting upon the term ‘things’. Specifically it explores the way that everyday objects are being connected to the Internet and asks how this technology is disrupting consumer practices, heritage and the tacit geography of ‘things’.
Speakers include: Read more about Tales of Things invites you to: I Am Seeing Things 25th October 9.30 to 16.30



On gov and non gov actors in IoT

 

In Co.create, Fast Company: "While a fully functioning Internet of Things is still to come, China proves an interesting example of what to expect. Known to the Chinese as the Sensing Planet, huge investments in smart energy grids and all kinds of sensors have been deployed in large scale. The majority of current Chinese leadership is engineers and their R&D can steer on infrastructure, services, legal context, appliances and hardware. Read more about On gov and non gov actors in IoT



Florian Michahelles: a special issue on the theme of Internet of Things, Networking Science

Launched in 2012, Networking Science journal is an international journal that publishes original, high quality, peer-reviewed research papers and review articles on network architecture, protocols, theory, systems and applications for promoting networking science.  Original and high quality submissions are sought for a special issue on the theme of Internet of Things. Read more about Florian Michahelles: a special issue on the theme of Internet of Things, Networking Science



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