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.

Lilit Melkonyan: Graphene And The Internet of Things

Source: „“I got very interested in people who had discovered something more significant than … intellectual, abstract understanding.”  - Steve Jobs
As you may know, in 2013 the European Union’s Future and Emerging Technologies or FET announced its $2.3 billion grant. The mission of the program was to enhance new technological solutions based on graphene. The program aimed to promote high-risk research in the field of high technologies.  Believe us! All the expected discoveries will be a breakthrough in Cloud Computing and Internet of Things. Nokia was the Company to receive the above-mentioned grant from the FET.

IDG Connect: A New World Wired by the Internet of Things

Source: „The amount of data humans and devices generate every day is mind boggling. Storing that data has become so easy we’re almost numb to the sheer volume of information. For example, a drive that can store all of the world’s music will run you about $600, according to a McKinsey report on big data. But the sector of the economy that stores more data than any other source is often overlooked. It’s not healthcare, retail or government – it’s manufacturing. And the good news is that data is being used to transform the global manufacturing playing field by ushering in new business models and allowing companies to compete on smarts, not cost. Read more about IDG Connect: A New World Wired by the Internet of Things

Andy Hobsbawm: Five brands successfully embracing the 'internet of things'

Source: „As marketers wake-up to the potential of making previously dumb products smart, Andy Hobsbawm, co-founder and chief marketing officer of 'web of things' company Evrythng, picks out five brands which have seized this smart shift and successfully innovated.
Smart mobile devices are the fastest growing consumer technologies in history. One consequence is that we’re all carrying around the communications infrastructure for the Internet of Things in our pockets. Add to this the rapid innovation in smart labels and packaging technologies – from printed electronics like NFC labels and Bluetooth stickers, to image recognition, and 1D or 2D barcode scanning

Strukhoff: Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things

It's time to condense all I've seen, heard, and learned about the IoT into a fun, easy-to-remember guide. Without further ado, here are Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things:

1. It's the end-state of Moore's Law.

It's easy enough to debunk the IoT as "nothing new." After all, we've have embedded systems for years. We've had devices connected to the Internet for decades; the very definition of a network means things are connected to it. But now that the invariable, self-fulfilling prophecy of Moore's Law has resulted in a rise from about 10,000 transistors on a chip in 1980 to more than 2.5 billion today, our systems are powerful enough and fast enough to deliver long-imagined dreams. Read more about Strukhoff: Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things

Pranav Dixit: These Ant-Sized Radios Might Power The Internet of Things

Source: „The jury is still out on whether the Internet of Things will make our lives any easier. If and when it does, a lot of it might be powered these tiny, ant-sized radios. These radios that are made of silicon and measure just a few millimeters each, have been developed by researchers at Stanford University. You can fit dozens of them on a penny and the good news is that they're dirt cheap to manufacture. How did they achieve this? No batteries, for one, says PC World. The power requirements of these radios are so little that they can harvest the energy that they need from nearby radio fields, such as a reader device.”

Deadline extended to: September 29 14: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry, practitioners, IoT vendors, and application-domain stakeholders to discuss the costs and benefits of emerging IoT ecosystems and the move from a vertical to horizontal model of integration.

We seek submissions that cover all aspects of system-level architecture, service provision and network infrastructure as well as papers that consider domain specific concerns. Read more about Deadline extended to: September 29 14: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

RE.WORK: Q&A with Craig Hollingworth from Concirrus

Source, Sophie Curtis: "Craig is an expert in the emerging technologies, Machine 2 Machine (M2M) and Internet of things (IOT) marketplace, having held senior positions in O2, Telefonica, France Telecom, Orange and Masternaut. 
Concirrus was formed to make it easy for companies to design, build and operate solutions for the IOT.
With 10-years of experience combined with a proven methodology and a cloud-based platform for managing ‘Things’, Concirrus has simplified the World’s of IOT and M2M into a multi-award winning service for our customers."

Camille Tuutti: What happens when the physical and virtual worlds collide?

Source: „Imagine a world where everyday objects and appliances anticipate your unique needs. Devices in your home will be smart enough to know when you’re low on your favorite food, how to give you the best driving directions depending on traffic flow and weather, and monitor -- and improve -- your health.
It’s clear the Internet of Things has great promise.
But this convergence of the physical and virtual worlds also presents dangers. For starters, what happens when all these new technologies go kaput?”

Tony McDonough: Liverpool event will offer Merseyside firms the chance to learn about the internet of things

Source: „Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne talks to Dr Munira Raja during a visit to the University of Liverpool's Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. During the International Festival for Business 2014 in Liverpool this summer, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £15m project to turn the city into a global research and innovation centre for the “internet of things”. Sensor City is a project being set up by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores

Andrew C. Oliver: APIs will glue together the Internet of things

Source: „A while back, I wrote about how I learned to stop worrying and love my creepy smartphone and how data is converging to tell us more about our users, specifically what they're going to do based on their past behavior. The other week, I wrote about how Jawbone's Up bands detected the recent earthquake in Northern California, and how you're able to write apps using Up band data via an open RESTful API. In fact, the other major producers like Fitbit also have an API, and the number and types of devices exposing their information are rapidly increasing.” The so-called Internet of things can be up close and personal, and APIs are the key to making it happen Read more about Andrew C. Oliver: APIs will glue together the Internet of things

Ovidiu Vermesan & Peter Friess: IoT European Research Cluster

“I’ll tell you what got me specifically thinking about this,” says Jeremy Rifkin, principal architect of the European Union’s Third Industrial Revolution economic development plan, and whose new book deals specifically with how a trio of social phenomena – the Internet of Things, the collaborative commons and the zero marginal cost society – is set to change the world." In this new context the next IERC meeting will take place on 23 October 2014. Please reserve the date in your calendar. The agenda of the meeting will be sent at the beginning of October 2014.

Michael Wolf: Here's Why Every Company Is A Service Provider In The Internet Of Things Era

Source: „Imagine for a moment you run a company that makes TV sets or washing machines. Basically any sort of home product that plugs into the wall. Your relationship with the customer used to be pretty straightforward, didn’t it? You designed a product, manufactured it, marketed it, sold it in a store. After the sale there would be some after sale support as you made good on your warranty – your’s is that kinda company, after all – but for the most part, the relationship with the consumer post-sale was tenuous and mostly non-existent.

Meghan Ottolini: Internet Of Things: Ready For Mainstream?

Source: „First it was cloud, then BYOD -- now, the biggest buzzword being thrown around the channel is the Internet of Things. Smart devices and cloud enablement are connecting homes, workspaces and offices, but just how entrenched is the trend in IT? Has the opportunity around Internet of Things come to fruition yet? The jury is still out among solution providers. Some say it’s actually nothing new. "I think the concepts of the Internet of Things have kind of been around for a while," said MightyOaks CEO Elder Matias. "It's just they're moving out of niche areas into the mainstream."

Triska Hamid: Dubai rolling out smart city on a small scale

Source: „Dubai’s dream of becoming an integrated smart city moved a step closer yesterday with the emirate’s Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) announcing plans to build a pilot-scale project in the planned Silicon Park. The Centre of Excellence for Smart Habitat (Cesh) will be built in the planned Dh1.1 billion, 150,000 square metre Silicon Park smart city, itself a part of the Dubai Silicon Oasis technology park. DSOA, the regulatory body, said that Cesh would be designed as a fully functioning smart city and was due to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, along with the official opening of Silicon Park.

Jeff Engel: OnKol Wants to Help Grandma Join the Internet of Things Movement

Source: „As investors and corporations pour millions of dollars into connected-home devices, tech companies have no shortage of ideas—from smart thermostats and home security systems to data-collecting toothbrushes and a refrigerator that sends alerts when the milk is almost out.
But while most of these “Internet of things” products are aimed at young tech-savvy adults or parents with kids, Milwaukee-based OnKol is hoping to tackle a different market: aging parents and their children.


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