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.

Ross McGuinness: Metro: Welcome to the Internet of Things

Metro: "Things can only get better. Or so Tony Blair and D:Ream had us believe. But what about the Internet of Things, can it make our lives better? If you want a future where all of your ordinary household objects start talking to you, then the answer is yes. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept that the internet can be harnessed to enable us to communicate with the machines around us, and the machines with each other. Read more about Ross McGuinness: Metro: Welcome to the Internet of Things



Mirko Presser: results from the Working Group Societal at IoT Forum, Bled

Summary of the Societal work group of the IoT-forum in Bled 28/11/2012: Societal Work Group has addressed 2 topics in detail so far (1) Ethics and (2) Education. At the wrap up an action plan was defined to take both topics further into the next IoT-forum under the leadership of Rob van Kranenburg and Gerd Kortuem respectively. Read more about Mirko Presser: results from the Working Group Societal at IoT Forum, Bled



CFP: IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE E-SOCIETY 2013

The IADIS e-Society 2013 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within the Information Society. This conference covers both the technical as well as the non-technical aspects of the Information Society. Broad areas of interest are eSociety and Digital Divide,  eBusiness / eCommerce, eLearning, New Media and E-Society... Read more about CFP: IADIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE E-SOCIETY 2013



Loic Le Meur: LeWeb founder says Internet of Things is a big challenge

LeWeb founder says Internet of Things is a big challenge and has chosen it as the official theme of Le Web Paris 2012. "The Internet of Things is a groundswell. It has been the subject of most of the entrepreneurial activity in Silicon Valley this year. More than half of the cases are related to connected objects, enriched by their Internet connection and their interactions with other users." Read more about Loic Le Meur: LeWeb founder says Internet of Things is a big challenge



Sandy Klausner: Cubicon is enabling technology to greatly expand the IoT

Cubicon is enabling technology to greatly expand the IoT, far beyond what can be encoded even with evolutionary advances in character string-based programming languages. It addresses the critical software challenges of building out and operating sub-networks each with millions of things, and presenting information within specific contexts. Read more about Sandy Klausner: Cubicon is enabling technology to greatly expand the IoT



John Horn: As momentum for the proliferation of the Internet of Things builds ...

Source: "As momentum for the proliferation of the Internet of Things builds to forecasted levels and enterprises and individuals enter this brave new world, there will be some bumps along the road. However, it will be a much smoother and quicker ride into the future if application providers can find easy-to-implement solutions supported by networks that meet their tactical and financial objectives. Read more about John Horn: As momentum for the proliferation of the Internet of Things builds ...



John Riley: Bottom-up Internet of Things Innovation Thriving

John Riley: "
I experienced some of the vitality, sophistication and breadth of activity in open hardware and associated software and comms this week at the first Cambridge Internet of Things Practitioners Night meetup.  That demonstrated how a rapid expansion of IoT enabling infrastructure is welling from the bottom-up, and that it's just a not-too-long matter of time before high-impact applications start to appear. Among the things that struck me talking to people at the meetup this week were: Read more about John Riley: Bottom-up Internet of Things Innovation Thriving



Mike Loukides: software as a component of some larger system

"And we’re following the “Internet of Things” (and in particular, the “Internet of Very Big Things”) very closely. I’m not saying that software is irrelevant or uninteresting. I firmly believe that software will be a component of every (well, almost every) important new technology. But what grabs me these days isn’t software as a thing in itself, but software as a component of some larger system. The software may be what makes it work, but it’s not about the software." Read more about Mike Loukides: software as a component of some larger system



Alex Planes: "the "industrial Internet," which is really just an Internet of things with a, well, industrial focus

Alex Planes: The Industrial Internet Is GE’s Next Leap Forward: "You might not want your toaster to communicate with the cloud, but that isn't going to stop the Internet of things from taking root. General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) is making a concerted push to develop the "industrial Internet," Read more about Alex Planes: "the "industrial Internet," which is really just an Internet of things with a, well, industrial focus



Techworld Staff: In the new world, governments, customers and citizens will all have an active influence.

"The Internet of Things has the potential to be a dramatic leveller, in part because access to advanced technologies will no longer be restricted to the large organisation but also because of the way it will undermine established organisations struggling to evolve. In some ways larger enterprises will face the biggest challenges of all..." Read more about Techworld Staff: In the new world, governments, customers and citizens will all have an active influence.



Kevin Voigt: China takes the lead in Internet of Things

If there's a race to lead the Internet of Things (IoT), China aims to set the pace. Since Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao identified IoT as an "emerging strategic industry" in an interview on state media, Beijing has focused on developing technology by which devices can communicate via infrared sensor, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology. Beijing plans to invest 5 billion yuan ($800 million) in the IoT industry by 2015.... Read more about Kevin Voigt: China takes the lead in Internet of Things



Alex Bassi & Rob van Kranenburg: IoT Challenges in ComC Journal

ComC Journal: In this short text the authors claim that the challenges posed by Internet of Things cannot be managed with the current policy tools and research programs, as these are too slow and too instrumental. These challenges are: a) global cooperation and standards, b) new business models and new currencies, c) ethics, control society, surveillance, consent and data driven life, and d) technological challenges driven by the need to save energy. Read more about Alex Bassi & Rob van Kranenburg: IoT Challenges in ComC Journal



Djordje Djokic:The 5th internet of things architecture stakeholder-workshop

Djordje Djokic: "IoT-A is the European flagship project in the Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development concerning the EU Commission’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. The project aims at laying the foundation for a future Internet by  overcoming not only technological, but also socio-economic challenges. The results from the workshop will contribute to the project ... Read more about Djordje Djokic:The 5th internet of things architecture stakeholder-workshop



The Internet of Things in the spotlight - JTC1 forms two new Special Working Groups

Source: "JTC 1 established the Special Working Group on the Internet of Things in response to the growing importance of IoT to the wider ICT sector. The SWG has the task of identifying IoT-related market requirements and standardization gaps, to encourage other JTC 1 Work Groups and subcommittees to address gaps in IoT standardization, and to promote IoT standards developed by JTC1... Read more about The Internet of Things in the spotlight - JTC1 forms two new Special Working Groups



Alexandros Efstathiadis: Internet of Things: What is really at stake?

A lot of energy has been consumed on debating disorienting issues concerning the Internet of Things. Countless articles, videos, etc have been discussing whether it is right or wrong, good or evil. At the same time activist groups put great amounts of effort in order to ensure that the upcoming IoT will be an open and transparent environment. However, the key question that everyone seems to be forgetting is who actually holds the power to decide whether IoT will become a reality or not in the first place? Read more about Alexandros Efstathiadis: Internet of Things: What is really at stake?



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