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.

Mark Roberti: Believing in RFID

Source: „I was at a social gathering recently when I ran into an acquaintance whom I've known for almost 20 years. "Still betting big on RFID?" he asked. I said I was. "Your blind faith in this technology is admirable, but did you ever consider the possibility that you might be wrong? I mean, lots of people thought we'd see cold fusion and flying cars by now."
 
I chuckled. My conviction that radio frequency identification will benefit companies and individuals is not based on blind faith. I'll explain why in a moment, but yes, I have considered the possibility that I might be wrong,


Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Internet of Things

Source: „In 2008, the number of things connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on Earth. By 2050, we are expected to surpass 50 million different devices connected to the internet. And we're not just talking smartphones and tablets - we mean everything. Wearable tech, household appliances, smart homes, public transportation, hospitals and even cattle have all been using sensors to transmit data automatically. It is an exciting yet scary time to be alive. The various interactions between these different entities are opening up doors for more apps, more software and more auxiliary services. Read more about Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Internet of Things



Ayesha Khanna and Parag Khanna: Smart nation, sharing city

Source: „The 'shareconomy' is booming, and Singapore is well-placed to take advantage of it. Framing regulations is a challenge but outlawing this new economy would be a mistake.
The rise of the "shareconomy" is profoundly changing much of the world's daily economic routines. Mediated by the Internet, the sharing of goods, services and labour becomes a spontaneous and efficient transaction amid a growing marketplace of offerings.
A plethora of service firms - such as Uber, Lyft and RelayRides for urban transportation, Airbnb for housing,


John Kennedy: DCU president: Ireland is primed to catch the next industrial revolution

Source: „DCU president: Ireland is primed to catch the next industrial revolutionDCU president: Ireland is primed to catch the next industrial revolutionPictured: president of DCU Professor Brian MacCraith
Ireland is at the intersection of a new industrial future that combines the maker movement, the internet of things and devices like the Quark chip and Galileo board which were designed here, DCU president Brian MacCraith said. Speaking ahead of next weekend’s Hardware Hackathon


Ken Wieland: Samsung CEO hails smart home potential; calls for open standards

Source: „Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is n... read more Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics, used his IFA keynote speech to call on the consumer electronics sector to embrace open industry standards and lay foundations for smart home innovation. Yoon said the home of the future would be tailored to the needs of people living there. There would be no single solution or approach but a “billion” homes of the future.


Eric Hal Schwartz: Airbnb and Google Start Connecting Properties to the Internet of Things

Source: „Airbnb is upping its green cred by partnering with Google's Internet of Things venture Nest to supply high-tech thermostats to some of its hosts. Airbnb likes to give its users all kinds of fun tech-related tools, like helping arrange transportation and making deals with cleaning service apps, but the new offering acts as an extension of its stated interest in environmentally friendly homes by making it possible for hosts to save a lot of energy in their homes. "The Airbnb community is passionate about environmental sustainability Read more about Eric Hal Schwartz: Airbnb and Google Start Connecting Properties to the Internet of Things



Goldman Sachs: IoT primer: The Internet of Things

Source: "Making sense of the next mega-trend
The third wave of the Internet may be the biggest one yet
28 billion reasons to care...
Benchmarking the future: early adopters
 
The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as the third wave in the development of the Internet. The 1990s’ fixed Internet wave connected 1 billion users while the 2000s’ mobile wave connected another 2 billion. The IoT has the potential to connect 10X as many (28 billion) “things” to the Internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets to cars." read the full article


Matt Asay: The Internet Of Things Will Be Huge, And So Will Hadoop

Source: „Big Data challenges all of our assumptions about how data should be stored, processed and analyzed. But that doesn't mean relational databases and other incumbent technologies are slouching toward obsolescence anytime soon.
That's the view of Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson, who recently sat down with Bosch's Dirk Slama to discuss the interplay between the Internet of Things and new data technologies like the distributed-processing framework Hadoop. Slama, who's writing a book on the IoT boom, authors white papers and speaks regularly on the topic. As such, he was the perfect person


The language of the internet of things

Source: „THERE was a time, not long ago, when access to the internet could be gained only through a computer. Now people can get to it using phones, tablets and some games consoles. Increasingly, other devices are becoming internet-linked too, as connectivity is extended to everyday objects such as televisions, radios, watches and cars.
The “internet of things” promises a technological revolution, but for it to work well these things need to speak the same language. Industry, however, tends to adopt common standards—if at all—only after jostling between rival producers with competing systems. It was so for trains, televisions, video recorders, mobile phones and the internet itself.


David Talbot: Networked Home Gadgets Offer Hackers New Opportunities

Source: „Connecting a new appliance to your home’s Wi-Fi network or broadband modem could increase the risk that data such as passwords will be taken from computers in your house. Such is the warning from antivirus company Kaspersky Lab in a forthcoming report on the side effects of more and more home devices being connected to the Internet.
 
By now most consumers are aware that security is a major problem for their laptops and PCs, says David Jacoby, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. 


Shoumen Data: Socio-Economic Disequilibrium Catalyzed by Internet of Things (IoT)

Source: "How will the tapestry of humanity and the ethos of civilization evolve when billions of devices and trillions of sensors with quadrillion end points can connect events in our daily lives to the world around us and monitor our every heart beat or predict the next tsunami?
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Do you know the answer to this question: How will the tapestry of humanity and the ethos of civilization evolve when billions of devices and trillions of sensors with quadrillion end points can connect events in our daily lives


Eugene Kim: The Internet Of Things Makes It To The Dinner Table

Source: "Baidu, China’s largest search engine that’s often called the "Google of China," revealed a set of "smart chopsticks" at its annual tech conference Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal. The sensor-attached chopsticks, known as kuaisou in Chinese, have the ability to detect the sanitary level of your food, the report said. The chopsticks’ sensors are linked to a smartphone or desktop app that shows whether the food’s contamination level is low or high. It will also be able to show the food’s temperature and calories in the future, the report said.


Chloe Green: The Internet of Things - not just a numbers game

Source: „It's time to stop obsessing over big exciting numbers and get serious about the practicalities of making the connected world work
There is a danger that the Internet of Things will be worn out as a term in intelligent conversation before its true value is achieved
Despite all the talk about the ability of millions of fridges and cars to talk to smart phones and parts-makers, the Internet of Things will not fulfil its potential without addressing some serious challenges. Understandably, commentators and industry-insiders alike are impressed by the potential of the Internet of Things,


Roger Strukhoff: Can the IoT End Violence?

Violence is the great disruptor, the great destroyer of people, nations, and hope. Getting people to consider all options is a prime drive of our research at the Tau Institute, which has data and rankings on the ICT infrastructures and dynamics of 102 nations.

The research ties into my continual study of the IoT as part of my duties as Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, coming up again Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara. But it can be difficult to get companies and individuals seeking new markets, sources, locations, and investments to consider more "dangerous" places.How prescient of Google to see this as well. How inevitable great technological strides may be for all the nations of the world. Read more about Roger Strukhoff: Can the IoT End Violence?



Fraunhofer FOKUS OpenEPC Rel. 5 – A comprehensive running testbed mirroring the operator network

Source: "This is the final video before going towards 5G. In the last 5 years, Fraunhofer FOKUS has developed the OpenEPC toolkit, a software implementation of the 3GPP Evolved Packet Core, a comprehensive test-bed implementation of 2G/3G/4G/WiFi mobile networks and with more than 40 research partners. The final OpenEPC video shows what can be achieved when answering pragmatically the R&D requirements. Read more about Fraunhofer FOKUS OpenEPC Rel. 5 – A comprehensive running testbed mirroring the operator network



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