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.

PSFK Labs: Why ‘Access’ Will Define the Internet of Things

Source: „Maintaining a free ecosystem within the Internet of Things is crucial to the survival of our freedom as individuals, and society as a whole. We’ve all run into the headache of interoperability between devices. A program that runs on your personal MacBook won’t run on your Windows PC at work, and suddenly you’re the unwitting participant of a corporate stare-down that you’d probably rather avoid. This is known as vendor lock-in, and for most of us it’s the norm.
But could you imagine if certain websites would only open for MacBook users? What if certain Internet service providers only let Playstation consoles connect to the Internet?


Helder Coelhas: International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods

The conference will be sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and held in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA) and International Neural Network Society (INNS). INSTICC is Member of the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC). The Logistics Partner is the Science and Technology Events (SCITEVENTS).


Jeroen van Mastrigt/Bregje Peys: THE ASEM PLAYFUL CITIES WORKSHOP

The discourses surrounding the rise of the ‘Smart City’ focus on the promise of smart systems and big data to make processes in our cities more efficient, controllable, transparent, safe, etc. The concept of the Smart City will be explored from a more human centered approach, focusing on the use of smart technologies in combination with creative design and game design thinking to create meaningful city experiences for citizens, an open, creative and generative city culture and trust. ‘Playful Cities’ is proposed as an alternative way to look at smart cities and ‘game design thinking’ as an alternative way to look at urban issues in relation to systems design. Read more about Jeroen van Mastrigt/Bregje Peys: THE ASEM PLAYFUL CITIES WORKSHOP



From the Isfahan workshop: a coffee machine that adjusts caffeine levels

You are driving home after lunch at the Abbasi Hotel, the oldest in the world, and as you are nearing your home you are getting a bit tired, noir really sleepy, but still. Your smart watch registers this and through a private cloud in the car (that can be linked to public gateways and a Esfahan Cloud) sends you the message through the voice system in the car that the coffee is ready. In this scenario the car could ultimately be switch off gently, or directed to a road with less traffic. To alert the driver to the seriousness of the situation, a car is a weapon dangerous to himself and others, the car could tease him to think about writing his will Read more about From the Isfahan workshop: a coffee machine that adjusts caffeine levels



Ross Dawson: The new layer of the economy enabled by M2M payments in the Internet of Things

Source: „Last week I gave a keynote on The Future of Banking to a group of the most senior risk leaders in a major bank, sharing some provocative ideas on how the banking landscape may change in the years to come.
One of the ideas I shared briefly was on how micro-payments between connected devices could enable an entirely new layer of the economy.
Payments between things
Imagine that the roads are populated by driverless cars.
You might be in a hurry, and be prepared to pay a little each time anot


Robert L. Mitchell: Testing the Internet of Things: Can smart devices be united into an integrated whole?

Source: „Each device you buy, from the Nest thermostat to your smart crockpot, comes with its own app that lets you configure and program it, set up alerts and remotely monitor and control the device. As you go beyond two or three smart things, however, app clutter can take hold. There are simply too many apps, with too many alerts, to manage everything separately. What's more, each of these devices exists in its own silo, completely unaware of other smart devices in the home. That's where a universal smart home integration and automation system


Christopher Calnan: Dell opens Internet of Things Lab

Source: „Dell Inc. has opened a Silicon Valley laboratory where customers can develop software to improve business operations.
The facility, dubbed the Dell Internet of Things Lab, opened in the Dell Silicon Valley Solution Center in Santa Clara, Calif., according to a company statement.
It’s unclear how many employees work in the laboratory or what types of customers are using it. Dell spokeswoman Susan Torbitt declined to provide any details on Wednesday.
 
The Round Rock-based company has scheduled a mid-November event in which it will disclose such information, she said.”


Raffaele Giaffreda: "IOT 360" SUMMER SCHOOL ON THE INTERNET OF THINGS; Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2014 - Rome, Italy

In the last decade the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm has slowly  but steadily and increasingly permeated what researchers and engineers study and build. However, a "Killer" IoT application is still missing  so far. The "IoT-360" Summer School will demonstrate what it takes  to deliver an IoT-based product from scratch. To do so, the School  will be divided into two strongly coupled parts. The first part starts well before the School: the intended participants are encouraged to submit their IoT project ideas


John Kennedy: Internet of things to the fore at Hardware Hackathon

Source: „A hardware renaissance is happening in Ireland with the internet of things at its heart, and this past weekend it was given impetus at the Dublin City University/PCH International Hardware Hackathon in Dublin.
 
On Friday, 12 September, around 120 strangers trooped onto the DCU Innovation Campus.
 
By Sunday they had coalesced into a dozen distinctive teams who took an idea and made it into a minimal viable product (MVP) – in most cases a functioning prototype.


Kelly Ng: Adelaide City is developing The Internet of Things Innovation Hub

Source: „The Internet of Things Innovation Hub will focus on trialling and then installing new services to improve transport, healthcare, education, utilities and energy sectors. Adelaide will be the first Australian city to set up such a hub.
 
Devices such as household appliances, watches and cars will be able to exchange information with each other using the free public wifi network launched in Adelaide earlier this year. For example, a programmed carpark can alert a smartphone of available parking spots.


Chris Shaw:Command and Control: Will the Internet of Things sense when to stop?

Source: „Much like 3D printing, the expansion of the Internet of Things is fuelled more by ideas and vivid imaginations than concrete innovation. By connecting the intelligence of embedded processing with smart machines, objects and infrastructures, the IoT promises nothing less than to make the impossible possible.
Inevitably, the craving for the IoT is driven primarily by the desire for more consumer convenience and the ramifications will be prove to be positive and negative. For a start, the technology will enable a reduction


Strukhoff: The Cloud Computing Challenge for Africa

A good general picture of ICT environments and dynamics in Africa emerges when looking at our data.

Of the five countries under consideration here, drawn from all regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana leaps out as having made the most relative progress.

Ghana merits this ranking primarily from a relatively low amount of income disparity among developing nations, a relatively high access to faster Internet connections, and a relatively low amount of perceived corruption. Read more about Strukhoff: The Cloud Computing Challenge for Africa



Dick Weisinger: Hyped Technologies 2014: Internet of Things Takes Honors as Most Hyped

Source: „What do the technologies: the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, consumer 3D printing, Big Data and wearable computing have in common?  They’re all hot technologies that Gartner says are now in an over-hyped stage of their technology cycle.  This is the 20th year that Gartner has released their list of most hyped technology categories.
At the peak, the expectations and hype around a technology are at their highest.  What comes next is that people begin to question whether the promises


Bruce Sterling: If the hype is to be believed then the next big thing is the Internet of Things. But is it what you think it is?

Source: "Because the Internet of Things is not about things on the internet. A world in which all our household gadgets can communicate with each other may sound vaguely useful, but it’s not really for us consumers. The Internet of Things serves the interests of the technology giants, in their epic wrangles with each other. And it is they who will turn the jargon of “smart cities” and “smart homes” into a self-fulfilling prophesy. In this piercing and provocative essay, Read more about Bruce Sterling: If the hype is to be believed then the next big thing is the Internet of Things. But is it what you think it is?



Marissa Tejada: The Internet of Things: A Convergence of Technologies

Source: „Business is headed toward widespread integration with the Internet of Things (IoT). It is a concept that is also converging with the third platform, including cloud computing and big data analytics. The result is new opportunities for growth, including in smarter building construction, according to a new study.
 
New research from Frost & Sullivan points out that the melding of IoT and third-platform technology is creating new levels of customer satisfaction and business productivity. The report, titled 


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