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.

Christopher Mims: How The "Internet Of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms

Fast Company: "With a little help from what's called the Internet of Things, engineers are transforming cities from passive conduits for water into dynamic systems that store and manage it like the tissues of desert animals. By using the Internet to connect real-world sensors and control mechanisms to cloud-based control systems that can pull in streams from any other data source,

Greenbang: Will the ‘internet of things’ be ruled by giants?

Will the ‘internet of things’ be ruled by giants?..."How will the smart-grid industry evolve over time? Will it come to resemble the internet — which would offer a certain logic, considering smart grids are envisioned as the “internet of things” — where some giants (ie, Google, Facebook, etc.) dominate but there’s always opportunity for new leaders to emerge? Or will it look more like the current utility landscape, which tends to be populated by a cast of long-established leaders (Britain’s “Big Six” energy firms, for example) with little room for new competition?

openPICUS is an open source framework for embedded devices.

openPICUS is "a platform made of the free software IDE and modular hardware - modules and expansions - in order to let your systems to be connected and controlled from anywhere. openPICUS is an open source framework for embedded devices. This technology offers an easy way to connect and control embedded systems over Internet through a custom webserver or the standard TCP/IP services.

Margarita Angelidou: Adam Greenfield on smart cities vs. open-data

Margarita Angelidou at 1 December 2011 in Videos on Intelligent Cities: "Adam Greenfield, director of the urban systems design practice ‘Urbanscale’, was present at the Smart Cities Expo, which took place in Barcelona from 29 November to 2 December 2011. In his interview, he refers to the importance of open-data for the creation of knowledgeable and creative citizens.

Hannes Harms: What if there was a way to make food information more visual and track all of our intake?

What if there was a way to embed data directly in food, video? "Printable RFID tags will replace barcodes on food packaging. These tags can be printed inexpensively on any kind of paper. Also the technology of edible RFID tags is evolving and already in use for medical purposes. This way, each intake will be tagged.

Tomaž Vidonja: If Europe would like to move forward in IoT it should more actively include also people and organisations from all other countries and regions.

Council: Can you give us an idea of the event? Tomaž Vidonja: "After we started the Opcomm competence center - a national IoT project - in the beginning of this year we found out there are many IoT activities going on in the Europe.

Council Interview with David Carr from Twine

Council: Where did you get the name?: David Carr: 'Twine comes from a few things: We liked the word itself because it's a common household object rather than something tech sounding.  We designed Twine to be accessible to a broader audience than just technology oriented users, and hopefully the name reflects that.  Twine as a kind of string implies connection, and lastly it reminds me of some combination of Twitter and "whine".'

Martijn de Waal: Social Cities of Tomorrow, Call for Projects:

Social Cities of Tomorrow. International Conference & Workshop, Amsterdam, 14-17 February 2012: How can we use digital media technologies to make our cities more social, rather than just more hi-tech? The organizers invite you to send in a project for public presentation at the International conference Social Cities of Tomorrow: New Media and Urban Design, that takes place on February 17th 2012 in Amsterdam.

Tomaž Vidonja: With "Living bits and things 2011" the Internet of Things spreads to other regions

Tomaž Vidonja: With "Living bits and things 2011" the Internet of Things spreads to other regions: "On Monday, 14 November 2011, the first regional event in the field of the Internet of Things entitled "Living bits and things 2011" was held in Ljubljana. The event was organised by Opcomm Competence Centre which operates in the framework of ICT Technology Network.

Chris Anderson: Why the Internet of Things finally makes sense

Chris Anderson: Why the Internet of Things finally makes sense: "After a decade of hearing about “the Internet of things”, where everything will have an IP address, I’m starting to finally believe it. What’s changed? The Open Hardware movement, which is doing for connected devices what the Web did for information.

Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: All technological standards are also social standards.

Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: "We propose a series of indicative standards that test the waters, raise awareness and make visible the gap between where we are now and where have to go. The triple challenges of climate change, peak oil and social breakdown are coming. The question is not if, but when.

IOT Forum, Berlin November 23 -24 2011

The Berlin Programme: "The IoT International Forum aims at creating a platform for global debate on IoT, and bringing together technology and service providers, academics, end-users and actors from multiple application domains, and policy makers. The fundamental belief of the Forum is that a common Internet of Things has the potential to bring large scale societal benefits, and ease the long term technological burden, beyond the gains of diverse intranets of things.

Larry Dignan: AT&T eyes healthcare, autos in Internet of things race

Larry Dignan: AT&T eyes healthcare, autos in Internet of things race: "AT&T sees “near endless” growth for connecting a bevy of everyday devices ranging from prescription drug caps to health monitoring systems to your car and home. Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, resales and partnerships at AT&T, on Wednesday outlined a startup within the wireless giant designed to connect multiple ordinary devices.

Martin Pot: HOME SENSE or ‘Dwelling and the Internet of Things’

On December 9, 2009, the first Council-conference was held in Brussels. A wide variety of researchers, artists, IT-professionals, architects etc. gathered to discuss questions and answers concerning the Internet of Things. Part of this debate was focused on sub-themes, one of those was ‘Home-Sense’: what are the consequences, implications, questions for our home-environment in relation to the IoT?  On April 9th, the world-wide IoT-day, this discussion was continued in Rotterdam on a smaller scale:


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