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.

Lori Bitter: Big Thinking For Older Consumers in 2013: The Internet of Things

Lori Bitter: "Many of the presentations focus on technology that monitors consumers, and much is focused on health care, caregiving and health-related reporting. To truly capture the imagination and marketshare of the lucrative boomer consumer market, we need to pull back to the larger concept of the “the Internet of things.” Read more about Lori Bitter: Big Thinking For Older Consumers in 2013: The Internet of Things



Paul Lindner: The infrastructure of the Internet of Things is being enabled by new low-cost, high- volume manufacturing processes.

Paul Lindner: "A city’s skyline is a testament to the transformative power of technology—skyscrapers made possible only by the Bessemer steel manufacturing process introduced in the 19th century.  Now in the 21st century, the world is undergoing another major transformation... Read more about Paul Lindner: The infrastructure of the Internet of Things is being enabled by new low-cost, high- volume manufacturing processes.



Stacey Higginbotham: 4 questions to ask about the internet of things

Source: "The internet of things and connected devices are going to be a big topic at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas, as companies seek to wow the audience with connected fridges, iOS-based home automation products and dongles galore that will connect everything in your home to some wireless standard or another. Read more about Stacey Higginbotham: 4 questions to ask about the internet of things



Anindya Batabyal: Cisco is banking on its expertise in networking to emerge as an integrated player in the Internet of Things.

Anindya Batabyal: "The Internet of Things is a vision. It’s being built today. It’s the idea that at some point billions of electronic devices and sensors will be connected to the Internet in parallel to the hundreds of millions of people who have access to the Net. Read more about Anindya Batabyal: Cisco is banking on its expertise in networking to emerge as an integrated player in the Internet of Things.



Paul Brody: The Internet of Things starts to bear fruit

Source: "People have been talking and writing about the “Internet of Things” for more than a decade. It’s the idea that at some point billions of electronic devices and sensors will be connected to the Internet in parallel to the hundreds of millions of people who have access to the Net. But, unlike so many of the whiz-bang technologies that are forever predicted but never arrive, such as flying cars and time machines, the Internet of Things is on the verge of becoming a reality. Read more about Paul Brody: The Internet of Things starts to bear fruit



Stefan Ferber: Bosch supports the Springboard accelerator for the Internet of Things

Source: "Springboard is a UK-based start-up incubator that combines investment capital with an intensive 13 week mentor-led accelerator program. The program ends with an investor day where the teams present their propositions to an audience of angel investors and venture capitalists. Springboard provides fantastic office spaces Read more about Stefan Ferber: Bosch supports the Springboard accelerator for the Internet of Things



ZigBee PRO Green Power: Energy harvesting wireless will make the internet of things happen

"Manufacturers, planners, installers, building operators and owners as well as end users are becoming increasingly conscious of the limited lifetime of batteries and their un-reliable, eco-unfriendly character. With the development of sensor networks towards the "Internet of Things"... Read more about ZigBee PRO Green Power: Energy harvesting wireless will make the internet of things happen



Alex Bassi: Foreword to the IERC December Newsletter

Source: It’s on the latest edition of Wired magazine, but this is not really surprising. It was on The Economist, but this might not be totally surprising as well. It’s on mainstream newspapers, where self-certified experts show to the greater public “the magnificent ends and progressive”, or else, the dark ages we will be entering if technology will have it course. It’s on Gartner’s key technologies forecast. Read more about Alex Bassi: Foreword to the IERC December Newsletter



Technode: The Internet of Things is not the future, we’re already living it and this is just the beginning.

TechNode, the first resource for the Chinese tech and internet industry: "The theme of LeWeb conference, that just ended and whose acquisition by Reed Midem has just been announced, was “the Internet of Things”. It’s not a huge surprise that Loïc and Géraldine Le Meur chose this theme. Read more about Technode: The Internet of Things is not the future, we’re already living it and this is just the beginning.



Gérald Santucci: The challenge of Internet of Things, selected writings 2006-2011

To respond to the challenge of Internet of Things, the wrong way is through a race to the bottom where nations and organisations compete to see who can provide IoT applications, platforms and services with the lowest protections for citizens and the cheapest costs. Read more about Gérald Santucci: The challenge of Internet of Things, selected writings 2006-2011



Wuxi: Workshop organised by Sammy Shen and Rob van Kranenburg: Business Models for IoT, February 26/27 at SCC

In October 2012 Rob van Kranenburg and Sammy Shen organised a high level-meeting at the Sensing Centre China (SCC), National Contact Point for IoT in the region of Wuxi. One of the key points that emerged was the difference in business models for IoT in China and Europe. They therefore organize a follow up. Read more about Wuxi: Workshop organised by Sammy Shen and Rob van Kranenburg: Business Models for IoT, February 26/27 at SCC



John Koetsier: 2013 is the year of Internet of Things as over five billion wireless connectivity chips will ship

John Koetsier: "Over five billion wireless connectivity chips will ship in 2013, according to ABI Research, as our appetite for everything mobile continues to grow. Bluetooth and WiFi are both growing, of course, but so are lesser-known specs such as Zigbee, UWB, and yes … even NFC. Most of those five billion chips won’t be in phones, as tablets, sensors, cameras... Read more about John Koetsier: 2013 is the year of Internet of Things as over five billion wireless connectivity chips will ship



IoT-A Newsletter 3: Mathieu Boussard: The IoT-A project has made its list of Unified Requirements available

Mathieu Boussard: The IoT-A project has made its list of Unified Requirements available on its website, and that in an interactive and searchable format. The Unified Requirements serve as both foundation and validation benchmark for the Architectural Reference Model. Read more about IoT-A Newsletter 3: Mathieu Boussard: The IoT-A project has made its list of Unified Requirements available



Bob Dahlberg (Arrayent): "We are definitely starting to see product “appification”

Council:  Today (19/12/2012) Arrayent announced that  Whirlpool Corporation, Pentair,  First Alert and SALUS Controls PLC have selected the Arrayent Connect Platform to power their forthcoming connected product initiatives.  They join consumer product companies  Monster, Mattel, Hunter Fan and Chamberlain/LiftMaster. Council: Bob, what is Arrayent seeing out in the connected product marketplace? Read more about Bob Dahlberg (Arrayent): "We are definitely starting to see product “appification”



Angela Guess: Internet of Things, the beginning: a beach

Source: "Gil Press of Forbes reports, “Norman Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code, died this week at 91. What is now called ‘The Internet of Things‘ was born one day in 1949 when Woodland was sitting on a Florida beach, thinking about how product information can be captured at the supermarket checkout. The only code Woodland knew was the Morse Code he’d learned in the Boy Scouts, his daughter told the Associated Press this week. Read more about Angela Guess: Internet of Things, the beginning: a beach



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