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.

Council Interview with Björn Anderseck

Björn Anderseck is project manager from smaRTI, a project that seeks to simplify the implementation of smart reusable transport items (RTIs).
Council: In the RFID Journal "Every supply chain partner," you explain, "would know the exact location of the goods, in which process step they are, and if the goods are in the front store or in the back room." To what extent does this process entails the enduser?
Björn Anderseck: The enduser has currently of course no insight in the logistical processes. He´s is also not always interested in a logistical process behind the products he wants to buy.

Entry Nr 8: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : brXerland

brXerland: It would be just and very nice to know that at any given time an  individual has the right to view the entirety or part of the data that is available on him/her -- who or what has entered (t)his/her data (and when) -- who or what has consulted his/her data (and when), who or what has modified his/her data (and when) -- to add and amend his/her data, and to know that fundamentally it is his/her sole property ownership, this data. (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) It is impossible to imagine data disappearing or vanishing with out the entire internet or substantially large parts of it being rendered inert in an internet of things scenario. No?

Charalampos Doukas: IOT, Cloud and Jelastic

Blog Jelastic: Charalampos Doukas, author of Arduino, Sensors and the Cloud: "In the last few decades, especially in the last 10 years, the ability to not only tag and monitor but also control uniquely identifiable objects has grown at a tremendous pace. Everything generates data, from natural networks to human networks to computer networks. Up until recently, it really wasn’t possible to keep track of all this data and then on top of that, actually do something with it. This new, all encompassing network—The Internet of Things (IoT)—is now possible due to the emergence of Cloud computing.

UK: Preparatory studies will help develop ‘Internet of Things’ applications and services

Preparatory studies will help develop ‘Internet of Things’ applications and services: "Ten British companies are to receive up to £50,000 each to undertake preparatory studies to better understand how to move towards an application and services marketplace in the ‘Internet of Things’. This is the first investment in a government-backed initiative, managed by the Technology Strategy Board, aimed at encouraging and accelerating the formation of an Internet of Things ecosystem of applications and services.

Entry Nr 7: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Iskander Smit

Iskander Smit: The Panopticon; to a city of trust via empathic products

A very nice challenge to think of a possible future based on the ideas of the Panopticon. I like to think and maybe dream a bit on a possible and likeable future that is shaped around this concept. I share the worries of an evolution to the Panopticon due to the connected world we transform into, maybe just partly deliberately, and also not only driven by governments, but especially by the big four platforms of data services (Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon) that build this to control the use of our devices.

Entry Nr 6: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Rolf Weber

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber, University of Zurich: "Panopticon and Footsteps

Bentham’s Panopticon designs a type of building allowing the „controller“ to observe inmates  without enabling them to find out whether or not they are being watched. However, the virtual world of today cannot only be described with the Panopticon since the manifold privacy risks exceed the famous  Orwellian„big brother is watching you“. Moreover, the problem of traces in the Internet causes major concerns:

Entry Nr 5: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Brian Sherwood Jones

Brian Sherwood Jones: The Panopticon question: "The current Web 2.0 has massive shortfalls in privacy and security - to a large extent representing the end of anonymity and privacy. Is IoT proposing to make good this technical debt as well as provide the end-to-end information assurance necessary for IoT applications to work with privacy, security, safety, accuracy, timeliness etc.? The issue is not one of 'things' but the funding and control of the infra-structure.

International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition and Management in the Internet of Things (KAMIoT 2012)
in conjunction with IEE IUCC-2012 June 25-27, 2012 Liverpool, UK

The Internet of Things provides a promising vision of the future world where the virtual world of information technology integrates seamlessly with the real world of things. It is regarded as an ideal platform for people, as well as smart things, to communicate easily with each other not only in business and industries but also in our daily scenarios.

Council Interview with Gert Dam from IMBU.MOBI

Gert Dam is co-owner and managing director at IMBU.MOBI. The company provides iPad based asset monitoring where aggregation and internationalization (Russian, Chinese, Kazakh and English are supported) are the keywords.

Council: Can you briefly say how you got into this field? Gert Dam: I am co-owner of a service company operating in Central Asia in the Oil and Gas industry. Many of the Oil and Gas operators in this region are managing a large number of different assets scattered throughout large, empty geographical areas.

Entry Nr 4: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Pierpaolo Giacomin

Pierpaolo "yrz" Giacomin: "One of the paramount features of the City of Trust is the ability granted by the city itself to the citizens to observe and control, without being exposed, whom is charged to perform institutional roles, in order to prevent any kind of malicious behavior and inefficiency. Considering this specific feature, the Panopticon metaphor could stand, assigning in the metaphor the role of inmates to authorities and the role of gaolers to citizens regardless of their primary social function. Read more about Entry Nr 4: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Pierpaolo Giacomin

Ovidiu Vermesan: IERC Newsletter: VOLUME 2, ISSUE 3, December 2011

The “European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things-IERC" was established by the DG Information Society and Media, as part of Europe’s ambition to shape a future Internet of Things for its businesses and citizens. The new issue of the Cluster Newsletter is now available online.
Peter Friess: "After two consecutive rounds of calls for proposals and additional projects and initiatives which joined the Cluster, our research portfolio confirms the right mix for covering such an extensive and complex subject like the Internet of Things.

Thomas L. Friedman:Winning countries have Internet of Things policies: Big bandwidth, combined with 3-D printers

So Much Fun. So Irrelevant. By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN: "Two things have struck me about the Republican presidential candidate debates leading up to the Iowa caucuses. One is how entertaining they were. The other is how disconnected they were from the biggest trends shaping the job market of the 21st century. What if the 2012 campaign were actually about the world in which we’re living and how we adapt to it? What would the candidates be talking about?

Andrew Fisher: Towards a Sensor Commons

Towards a Sensor Commons: "The Internet of Things, a term being bandied to the point of almost meaninglessness now it’s hit the mainstream of the NYT and the BBC. Yet, while the mainstay of the media struggles to describe how and why smart sensor arrays are going to mean you spend less time in traffic, ultimately pay more for your electricity but make sure your fruit is always fresh, there is a quiet revolution taking place. The action taking place is the creation of what I call the Sensor Commons.

The Internet of Things and the Noosphere "How the "Internet of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms. is blogging the latest trends in science and technology, including Fast Company's piece "How the "Internet of Things" Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms, When city services can autonomously go online and digest information from the cloud, they can reach a level of performance never before seen." The comments are interesting and may be symptomatic of a 'general expert audience'; it is either still 'conceptual' or the fear is that it is 'hackable'.


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