Ian Grayson: Putting the 'Internet of Things' to work

Source: "It's the latest buzz phrase in an industry that excels at buzz phrase creation, but that doesn't mean the Internet of Things won't deliver big benefits.
It's defined in different ways depending on who you ask, but the IoT is essentially all about machines and devices talking to each other.
While the early days of the internet were all about human-to-human connections, this is now changing. Indeed, within a few short years, the amount of data caused by people contacting people will be dwarfed by the amount generated by machines talking to other machines. Now it's easy to think that this trend - while interesting - won't have much impact on your workplace. Think again."

Tom Vu: The Internet of Things: Why Does it Matter?

Michael Koster (MK): "There are two main effects we see in the Internet of Things. First, things are connected to a service that manages them. We can now monitor things, predict when they break, know when they are being used or not, and in general begin to exploit things as managed resources. The second, bigger effect comes from the Metcalfe effect, or simply the network effect, of connecting things together. Bob Metcalfe once stated that the value of a communications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected compatible communicating devices. Since then it’s used to refer to users, but maybe Bob was thinking way ahead. Notice the word compatible. In this context, it means to be able to meaningfully exchange data."

Brian Bolan: The Internet of Things

Source: "The internet of things is a phrase that is thrown about a lot lately.
What does that mean?
Some point to an specific network, or a sector that has the ability to give users large amounts of information on a specialized topic.
A good example the real estate market. 
It is a widely known and understood commodity, yet the details and complexities force specialization. 
Companies like Zillow (Z - Snapshot Report) and Truilia are the go to sites that users flock to for this information."

Richie Lauridsen: A Second Look at Nest; How the Acquisition of Nest can be a Lesson for new Startups

Among all of the big technology stories, from Microsoft’s unveiling of their new CEO to the 10th Anniversary of Facebook, Google’s acquisition of Nest received considerable attention over the past month.

The search giant’s takeover of a relatively little-known startup seemed lofty and ambitious at best, with few understanding how such a relatively new product could justify its hefty $3.2 billion price tag.

Much has been made about Google’s involvement, with attention firmly fixed on their motives and to acquire more data within the home

Trade Association for the Internet of Things Gains Hundreds of Members in Just One Month

Source: "The International M2M Council – a new trade group for the Internet of Things, also called machine-to-machine communications – has gained over 500 new members in the last month, illustrating the need for industry leadership in the sector. The new IMC members include individuals from some of the largest enterprises deploying M2M technology in the world, such as FedEx, Hyundai, Saudi Aramco, Siemens Healthcare, Tata Group, and the US Department of Defense.
"It's clear that there has been a leadership vacuum on a global level. Companies looking to deploy IoT business models...

Barbara Vergetis Lundin: The horizontal nature of the Internet of Things

Source: "Last year, there were more than 10 billion units connected to the Web – a number that is predicted to increase by a magnitude of five by 2020. These connections affect the way data is moved and will undoubtedly affect the way energy is moved, as well as the future of the smart grid. FierceSmartGrid caught up with Oleg Logvinov to discuss the reality of the Internet of Things related to the smart grid. Logvinov is an IEEE member who has been driving the development of IEEE Standards Association's (IEEE-SA) Internet of Things (IoT) workshops, including hosting over 200 attendees at the recent IoT workshop in Silicon Valley, Ca."

Samuel Greengard: The Internet of Things Means Business

Source: "Connected devices and networked machines are enabling industry and government to collect information and act on it in ways that will redefine IT and business.
One of the remarkable yet sobering realities of business is how quickly the world has become networked—and interconnected.
Over the last decade, wireless technologies have extended the reach of computers to almost every corner of the planet and have left no enterprise untouched.
A spate of machines—including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones—makes data available and accessible in real time.

Dennis Pamlin: Cluster Platform for Transformative solutions

Collaborative Cluster Development: In order to move beyond incremental improvements in existing systems new collaborations are needed. With a virtual cluster platform stakeholders that otherwise would not meet can connect and collaborate in ways that have never been possible before. The platform has a collaborative development structure where the decisions made by the users of the platform decide how the platform will evolve, including how clusters can be supported to deliver the solutions needed and what features the platform will include to help the clusters deliver on the goals. The aim of the pilot is to develop a working virtual cluster platform that can deliver transformative solutions with the help of a new generation of tools.

Rakesh Sharma: A New Perspective On The Internet Of Things

Source: "How many sensors are required to power the Internet of Things? According to Davor Sutija, chief executive officer at Thinfilm, about a trillion sensors are required to power the billion connected devices expected to power the Internet of Things. To meet demand for the sensors, the Norway-based maker of organic semiconductors and printed electronics has developed an alternate approach to the Internet of Things.

At the heart of Thinfilm’s approach is a tweak to the existing definition of the Internet of Things.

This definition, propagated by large corporations such as Cisco and IBM, puts a network at the heart of the technology.

Living bits and things 2014, Bled, June 2 - 5, 2014: IoT driving business to empower the society

Source: "Discover the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies and Smart Living in Central and South East Europe. Join us in Bled to find out more about deployments of existing applications and services.
Connect with companies and organizations in the region, get involved and be present in the market and IoT industry. 

For the fourth year in the row the Living bits and things 2014 event will take place. It will be held from 2th to 5th June 2014 in Bled, Slovenia.

The ICoICT 2014 theme is “Internet of Things (IoT) : Infrastructure, Computation, and Its Application”.

Source: "On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we take the pleasure to invite you to ICoICT 2014 (The 2nd International Conference of Information and Communication Technology) that will be held on 28-30 May 2014, in Grand Royal Panghegar Hotel Bandung, Indonesia. ICoICT is an international forum for those who wish to present their research and innovations. It also offers good opportunity to discuss the main aspects and the latest results in the field of Information and Communication Technology, while enjoying the celebrated beauty of Bandung and the friendliness of its people. The ICoICT 2014 theme is “Internet of Things

Dennis Siegel: motion sensitive RFID bike alarm system by dennis siegel
all images courtesy dennis siegel

Source: " Conceived by german designer Dennis Siegel, the ‘RFID bikealarm’ is a motion sensitive electronic alarm system that is attached to the rails of a bike saddle. the device features omnidirectional movement sensors that detect tiny fluctuations an acceleration, emitting a 120db siren that scares away potential thieves. The internal micro controller is able to distinguish between theft and harmless vibrations, for instance a passing tram or regular pedestrian traffic. to mobilize the alarm system, the interaction is quite simple; users hold the unique radio-frequency identification tag close to the security enclosure to activate or dis-activate the ‘RFID bikealarm’."

Christopher Mims: How the internet of things could make media physical again

Source: „Not so long ago, every act of consumption began with a ritual. We pulled records from sleeves and perched them on turntables, slid books from shelves, watched as VHS tapes were ingested with a soft ca-chunk.

Qleek, from Paris-based startup Ozenge, aims to return our digital media to a state in which they can be collected, stored, handled, played and shared in the same way that physical media were, once.

The makers of Qleek want you to pick up a wooden hexagon printed with, for example, the artwork for an album or mix, place it on a reader, and hear the corresponding tracks play on your device of choice.

Matt DiLallo: The Internet Might Actually Start Paying You To Use It

Source: "Your house is robbing you blind, and you probably don't even know it. Each day it picks a few dollars out of your pocket and hands them to your local utility, or worse, just throws them into the trash. Add it all up and we're talking about hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that your house is quietly costing you each year.
Thermostats control about half of a home's energy. However, simply owning a programmable thermostat isn't enough, it actually needs to be, well, programmed. That one step can save the average consumer 20% of their utility bill or an average of $173 per year. However, most of us fail to properly program our thermostat."

Mohana Ravindranath: New skills are needed to work on Internet of Things

Source: „The “Internet of Things” — technologists’ vision of a network of billions of connected devices — has attracted the attention of tech giants including Cisco, Intel and General Electric, all of whom have internal business units dedicated to building the infrastructure for that network. The market could also create demand for a new kind of IT specialist — those who can both engineer new products and process the data they collect, analysts and industry experts say. “People need to be able to work with data — often unstructured data at very large scales, and need to be able to explore it,” Saxenian said. “Then they need to be able to communicate it with decision-makers.”


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