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.

DDA plans smart city, flats for senior citizens in 2015

Source: “A smart "world-class" city in Dwarka, exclusive apartments for senior citizens, a financial hub, electric buses for Delhi and erecting the city's tallest building are among DDA's major plans this year. The 'smart city' envisioned by DDA will be a complete sub-city, which would be located in an area of 20-24 hectares, zoned out of Dwarka, Rohini and Narela, and will be equipped with latest technologies and waste-management techniques
...However, sources said that the project is in a "very primitive stage" as of now and has "not reached the drawing board yet".

John Nelson: Imec prints sub-one volt RFID chip on flexible plastic

Source: “Imec has announced a breakthrough in the race to develop RFID chips to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). On 17 December, it unveiled a thin-film transistor (TFT) circuit mounted on a 25µ thick foil. The chip operates off just 0.55V, consuming 0.25µW of power. Its developers at the Belgium-based research centre estimate that this means a single AAA battery could power it for more than 20 years. The likely application for the low power drawing RFID chip will in the IoT, as a cheap wireless communication component relaying data from a discrete sensor. In this application its flexibility and low-cost - once

Anders Bylund: Has Texas Instruments Cracked the Self-Powered Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, is all about putting sensors, computing power, and networking everywhere. Some places are very difficult to populate with silicon chips because there's no good way to supply the necessary electric power. That puts a damper on the growth of IoT devices. Why bother to build the data-crunching machinery if there's no reliable power source?
This familiar logo might soon be plastered all over a new category of devices. Source: Texas Instruments.

Robyn Beck: Internet's only just begun to run your life

Source: “Plugging everyday items onto the Internet is expected to be an expanding trend at this year's CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Tuesday in Las Vegas.  "Things like your toothbrush or your door locks or other objects around your workplace or home" are all getting censors and being plugged onto the Internet, says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Association which puts on CES. DuBravac says last year was a turning point in this trend, known as "The Internet of Things." And this year, he says, there are more such objects than ever. "For example, Adidas has a connected soccer ball ... and will measure your kick," DuBravac says.

Suzanne Kattau: Internet of Things will drive biometrics into mainstream

Source: “In 2015, the cloud will eclipse legacy infrastructure and context-driven security will take center stage. Also, biometrics will go mainstream and natural user interfaces (UIs) will evolve at a fast rate, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). This is all according to Andre Durand, CEO of Ping Identity Corporation, a provider of single sign-on and identity management software.
Durand’s predictions about emerging technologies are all part of our second annual Technology Predictions series in which industry experts share their predictions with us about the hot tech trends that they think

Erik Post: Discovering the Internet of Things

Source: “The beginning of a inflection point for law, business and technology is staring at us. The Internet of Things has quickly become a new frontier for technology vendors to explore, the corporate world to consider, and the legal community to fear. What is the IoT? Everyday objects—such as household appliances, light bulbs, coffee machines, automobiles, personal devices and health devices— that have network connectivity and can send and receive data without human interaction. A simple example: The Nest thermostat that can "learn" your heating and cooling preferences and then adjust them automatically. Today there are around 10 billion Internet-connected devices in the world.

Paul Weichselbaum: Who Provides Tech Support for the Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a funny phenomenon. While the phrase connotes “interconnectedness,” the truth is that these new gadgets, applications, interfaces, and systems aren’t nearly as interconnected as we expect them to be.
Think about it. Why do we have these “things”? We want our lives to be easier; we have connected “things” to gain control and convenience. “Things” allow us to do something, achieve multiple tasks and glean useful, actionable information. They allow us to shop, research, activate,

Jemima Kiss: IFTTT: ' We're building an intelligence layer for the internet of things'

Source: “Could 2015 be the year that IFTTT goes mainstream? IFTTT, or If This Then That, has become part of the internet furniture for many in the tech community, becoming the default way to connect one internet service to another.
If you’d like to get a text reminder to take an umbrella if rain is forecast, or automatically save your Instagram pictures to Dropbox, or post a scheduled message to Twitter on New Years Eve - then IFTTT is for you. Or, if you prefer, there’s a recipe that will automatically phone you when you arrive in New York and play Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind. 

Geoff Webb: Why 2015 will be the year of the Internet of Things

Source: “We’ve been talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) for what feels like years now.  Yet the reality is that while it’s quickly starting to dominate technology conversations, it’s still a new and not broadly understood trend. 
According to research analyst group IDC, the worldwide IoT market will increase 133 per cent to $3.04 trillion in 2020 while the number of IoT-connected units will reach approximately 30 billion in 2020. The forecast predicts vendors, service providers and systems integrators will have to find ways to integrate products and solutions in order to be successful in the market.

Jennifer LeClaire: Internet of Things Growing Despite Privacy Concerns

Source: “Chances are, you’ll hear a lot more about the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2015 -- and it might not all be good. Although IoT is clearly gaining momentum, consumers are concerned about privacy and security.
Nearly 65 percent of American consumers are moderately or extremely interested in adopting smart home solutions, according to new research from the Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC). And 71 percent of those consumers buy smart home products and services based on word-of-mouth referrals from people they trust or in-store employee recommendations.

Internet of Things will Dominate 2015 International CES

Source: “The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)  announced that the 2015 International CES—taking place January 6-9, Las Vegas, NV— will feature the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the “Internet of Things” (IoT), with more than 900 exhibitors planning to share innovations that harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices. "The IoT is the hottest topic in tech right now,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “It’s all about the opportunity to connect everyday items  like cars, home security systems

Michael Krigsman: Schneider Electric: Digital transformation, internet of things, sustainability, and operational technology

Source: “Schneider Electric is in the midst of transforming itself from a supplier of components and industrial parts to a broader technology company. This new face of Schneider Electric includes focus areas such as internet of things (IoT), sustainability, and the convergence (PDF download) of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).
At the same time, the company faces marketing challenges because it owns many worldwide brands but does not possess consumer-level

Nick Flaherty: 10 Reasons Why Analytics Are Vital to the Internet of Things

Source: “This year has seen the software at the very highest point in the Internet of Things stack -- analytics -- becoming tightly coupled with the embedded devices at the edge of the network, leading to many different approaches and providers.
Being able to monitor and use the data that comes from the Internet of Things is a huge potential challenge with different providers using different architectures and approaches, and different chip and equipment vendors teaming up in a range of different ways.”

Matthew Patane: Tech Spotlight: Pew looks at the future of privacy

Source: “What happens to privacy in an increasingly digital world?
To answer that question, Pew Research Center recently interviewed more than 2,500 technology experts.
Specifically, Pew asked whether respondents think there will be a widely accepted public policy by 2025 that allows companies to make money by mining data while still giving individuals the ability to keep information private if they choose. In the end, the survey came back with split results — 55 percent said that an accepted policy won’t exist, while the other 45 percent said one would emerge within the next 10 years.

Jason Hope, Forbes Report on Qualities Workers will Need in the Internet of Things World

Source: “Today's workplace looks nothing like the workplace of a decade ago, and Forbes has recently posted an article indicating that this fact means workers are going to need to change and adjust. Innovation is going to be crucial in the workplace of the future, but it is not something that can be developed overnight. Jason Hope agrees with Forbes that certain skills must be developed in order to grow innovation and make one more viable in the modern workplace. ... Jason Hope agrees. "To be viable in the workplace of the future, and the very near future at that, Read more about Jason Hope, Forbes Report on Qualities Workers will Need in the Internet of Things World


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