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.

The Quality of Things

The point I am trying to raise is that although the quality of things entered by things certainly has some advantages over the quality of things entered by humans, nothing could be further from the truth than to claim that machine-generated data is immune to data quality issues....However, there are other ways a data quality issue could occur...For example, the thermostat may not be accurately displaying the temperature because it is not calibrated correctly. Read more about The Quality of Things



Mark Bonchek and Sangeet Paul Choudary: The Age of Social Products

Source: 'We are moving from a world in which physical products are separate to one in which they are connected.  Computers were just the beginning.  Appliances and engines now send alerts when they need to be serviced.  Cameras upload their photos automatically.  Vending machines trigger their own restocking.  Crops feed and water themselves.
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Mahesh Kumar: Will the Internet of Things Sink IT?

Source: "The coming “Internet of Things” spells impending disaster for CIOs everywhere. (Yes, I went there.) And it’s not because of the number of things joining networks — it’s because of the volume, variety and complexity of data generated by and about those things....Enterprises must innovate in order to remain relevant. But each new technology brings with it a flood of new data...." Read more about Mahesh Kumar: Will the Internet of Things Sink IT?



Timothy Beneke and Tori Wieldt: Java Takes on the Internet of Things

Source: "Tom and Tori writes, "JavaOne 2013 gave Java developers a non-stop exercise replete with education and entertainment, strategy, technical, and community keynotes book-ending the conference, technical sessions, hands-on labs, panel discussions, tutorials, demos, a rock concert, widespread networking, code challenges, and much more. Read more about Timothy Beneke and Tori Wieldt: Java Takes on the Internet of Things



Mark Little: REST and the Internet of Things

Source: "It has been over a decade since people started to talk about Ubiquitous Computing or the Internet of Things (almost three decades for the former). Back then it was a dream, more or less. Today it is a reality, with many of us surrounded by several "internet capable" devices at every moment. There has been a lot of work recently in some standards groups (e.g., IETF) on various aspects surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) Read more about Mark Little: REST and the Internet of Things



Harry Crijns: The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)

The OSGP Alliance will offer attendees of European Utility Week 2013, which runs from October 15-17 in Amsterdam, the opportunity to learn how utilities are using Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) to create a more secure, reliable, and proven modern grid.  OSGP Alliance members and supporters can be found in the OSGP Alliance Pavilion, booth number 1.C09. Read more about Harry Crijns: The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)



New initiative to support $40 billion smart cities in the UK

Source: "The UK’s cities will be helped to get smart, thanks to the launch of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’s. It comes as a new report published today values the smart cities industry at more than $400 billion globally by 2020, with the UK expected to gain a 10% share ($40 billion). A smart city uses intelligent technology to enhance our quality of life in urban environments. Read more about New initiative to support $40 billion smart cities in the UK



Alexis Lloyd: Objects as Portals

Connected objects can turn an environment into an ambient data utility, where the color of your lamp reflects your stock portfolio’s performance or your bracelet’s color lets you know how active you’ve been.  Connected objects can optimize health habits by giving continuous readouts of activity levels, arousal, weight, blood pressure, and more...What does it mean for those narratives to exist? Who gets to author those stories? Read more about Alexis Lloyd: Objects as Portals



The Internet of Things is driving demand for more edge connectivity

Source: "The Internet of Things is driving demand for more edge connectivity. Network architects and systems integrators looking to build advanced public safety, industrial automation, and service provider applications need a way to reliably attach an increasingly wide array of IP devices and sensors to the edge of a network," said John McCool, president and CEO of Firetide. Read more about The Internet of Things is driving demand for more edge connectivity



Maria Deutscher: Internet of Things Review: Mobility Takes Center Stage

A company called Centrify is taking a different approach to enabling the Internet of Things.

The firm offers a cloud-based mobile device management platform that helps enterprises plug employee-owned devices into their backend environments without having to create custom code or risk security vulnerabilities. Read more about Maria Deutscher: Internet of Things Review: Mobility Takes Center Stage



Netherlands : Internet of Things Gets Major Distance Boost From IBM and Semtech

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IBM and Semtech Corp., a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced a significant advancement in wireless technology, combining IBM software and Semtech hardware to create a system capable of transmitting data up to a distance of 15 km (9 miles)... Read more about Netherlands : Internet of Things Gets Major Distance Boost From IBM and Semtech



Internet of Everything – from buzzword to business generator?

Almost two thirds (65 percent) of customers are currently considering moving to the cloud,... 52 percent of those questioned believed that the Internet of Things [or the Internet of Everything] and M2M trend is causing resellers to increase focus on fixed broadband, while 59 percent said the big data trend is responsible for a rise in investment." Read more about Internet of Everything – from buzzword to business generator?



Adam Greenfield: Against the Smart City

As promoted by enterprises like IBM, Siemens and Cisco Systems, the vision of the "smart city" proposes that this technology can be harnessed by municipal administrators to achieve unprecedented levels of efficiency,security, convenience and sustainability. But a closer look at what this body of ideas actually consists of suggests that such a city will not, and cannot, serve the interests of the people who live in it. Read more about Adam Greenfield: Against the Smart City



Bruno Encarnacao: VISAPP 2014 Position Papers

The International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications, VISAPP 2014 -, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal (January 5 - 8, 2014) is now welcoming the submission of position papers whose deadline is scheduled for next OCTOBER 15. A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to.. Read more about Bruno Encarnacao: VISAPP 2014 Position Papers



Bruno Encarnacao: Open CFP Doctoral Consortium on Computer Vision '22/10/2013

There is an open call for papers, until October 22, for the Doctoral Consortium on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications 2014. The Doctoral Consortium will take place in conjunction with the 9th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (VISIGRAPP), Read more about Bruno Encarnacao: Open CFP Doctoral Consortium on Computer Vision '22/10/2013



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