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.

Jochelle Mendonca: On way to $15-billion market, Internet of Things gaining ground in India

Source: “The internet-of-things (IoT) describes a world in which sensors are placed on machines and the resulting data is used to improve and track their performance. MUMBAI: From state governments looking to clamp down on the theft of iron ore from mines to insurance companies looking to offer better premiums to transportation companies, the internet of things is gaining ground in India. The internet-of-things (IoT) describes a world in which sensors are placed on machines Read more about Jochelle Mendonca: On way to $15-billion market, Internet of Things gaining ground in India

Extension CALL FOR POSITION PAPERS: VISAPP 2015 - Int'l Conf. on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (Berlin/Germany)

Source: "Let me kindly inform you that the position papers submission deadline for the International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP 2015) to be held in Berlin, Germany (March 11 - 14, 2015) has been extended to November 24.
A position paper presents an arguable opinion about an issue. The goal of a position paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to

Strukhoff: India Touts Smart Cities at G20 Summit

India defies simple explanations and solutions. Yet its government, newly energized under recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, presented a Comprehensive Growth Strategy document at the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia that includes a few sweeping general programs designed to contribute significantly to the G20's stated goal of creating US$1.5 trillion in additional wealth within its membership.It's the sort of report that should have received more notice at a two-day summit that ended up focusing more on pesky geo-politics than its stated focus of economic and societal development. Read more about Strukhoff: India Touts Smart Cities at G20 Summit

Patrick Dehahn: Could the Internet of Things be overhyped?

Source: “The Internet of Things is expanding—it’s expected to jump from half a billion “things” in 2000 to an estimated 50 billion by 2020—but does that expansion match up with general interest? A CompTIA report sizes things up.
Connected devices are moving way beyond smartphones.
Innovators in the Internet of Things (IoT) are hooking up all sorts of things to the internet—everything from the lights and thermostats in homes to public transportation.

Stefan Bernbo: The Internet of Things and the Future of Storage

Source: “Stefan Bernbo is the founder and CEO of Compuverde. For 20 years, Stefan has designed and built numerous enterprise scale data storage solutions designed to be cost effective for storing huge data sets. A “smart and safe city” initiative was recently launched in Kazan, Russia. The goal of this initiative is to transform the city gradually by creating a network of Internet-connected sensors and devices that will serve its population with greater efficiencies and better quality of life. As an example, connected cameras have been installed in the famous Gorky Park

Han Fook Kwang: Internet of Things the next big thing

Source: “What happens when you gather more than 300 journalists from all over the world at an exotic Turkish resort complete with a fully lit 18-hole golf course, heated swimming pool and spas galore? When the event is the annual IFA Global Press Conference, you talk for two days about consumer electronics and home appliances, as well as the future of curved television panels. More about the latter later. This media pow-wow is held every year ahead of Europe's main consumer electronics fair in Berlin, which together with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Anthony Caruana: Privacy and the Internet of Things

Source: “It is almost impossible to attend any event that has an IT edge without hearing about the Internet of Things. Until recently, we only really used the Internet as a way of connecting people via computers and servicer. But we are hurtling forward into a world where all sorts of devices have sensors and controls that can be connected, controlled and read over the Internet. That's the Internet of Things.
At the IAPPANZ Summit held recently in Sydney, a panel of experts examined what the Internet of Things means for privacy.

Steve Prentice: Knocking on the door with the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things is slowly creeping towards our homes and personal lives, but not everything it seems, is welcome. According to a study conducted by marketing company Affinova, customers are actually split on both the degree to which they believe that the Internet of Things will be revolutionary (57%). The Affinova report highlights the products of most interest to consumers, which include smart refrigerators that recommend recipes based on the food stored inside, and washer/dryers that send text alerts Read more about Steve Prentice: Knocking on the door with the Internet of Things

Arrayent Opens European Headquarters in London, England

Press release: Arrayent  "the leading Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider adopted by major consumer brands, announced today that it has opened its European office in central London. This new office will serve as the European headquarters and support all business functions from sales, marketing , customer support and applications engineering.  Arrayent customers will receive more timely and localized pre and post-sales support; Arrayent's product roadmaps will be strengthened by closer collaboration with its European customers.
“We are delighted to announce the

Strukhoff: Brazil Commits to Tech Ed at G20 Summit

Each of the G20 member countries outlined a Comprehensive Growth Strategy at the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. One of the more aggressive plans comes from Brazil, which has pledged to train 12 million young people in technical areas by 2018. The program is called Pronatec, and is administered by the Ministries of Labor and Education jointly with local councils. The program has actually been in effect since 2011, already reaching 8 million students, according to the report. It targets an additional 4 million students over the next four years. Its cost was listed as more than US$6 billion. Read more about Strukhoff: Brazil Commits to Tech Ed at G20 Summit

Open Days IoT Workshop: IoT’s Enormous Potential … Unveiled (3 November 2014)

In the wrap up, workshop moderator and Community Manager of Rob van Kranenburg stressed the importance of a session like this for IoT developments in Europe. It is vital that mayors, regional politicians and local governments see the IoT as a means to solve real issues that Europe is faced with today. In a recent survey by The Acquity Group, 87% of consumers said they had never heard of the IoT. If this lack of awareness leads to lack of interest, “a major driving force for widespread adoption will be missing”, he warns. In the 2014

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Net-It-Be Newsletter – Issue n° 6 – Editorial

Source: “Europe’s Future Internet (FI) and networking scene remains a glimmering light in what has been a struggling European economy.
This is not just good news for the Net Futures community, but also a good sign that the European Commission’s funding programmes and initiatives to stimulate Future Internet developments are bearing fruit.
Initiatives like the Startup Europe Partnership, FIWARE Accelerator Programme, action plan for ‘Boosting digital startup financing in Europe’, and parallel investment in Internet of Things (IoT), cloud take-up and ‘beyond-5G’ networking technology are a case in point. You can learn more about all of these initiatives

John Holden: Dell embraces ‘internet of things’ as key way forward

Source: “The only thing less anticipated by this reporter than heavy downpours in Austin, Texas, was Simon Le Bon’s lively attempts at convincing the 5,000-strong DellWorld 2014 crowd of nerds to dance to Duran Duran. He mostly failed.
Talk focused a lot around big data, the cloud and disruption. Unsurprisingly, it was almost impossible to find anyone, anywhere, prepared to say anything negative about Dell or its founder and chief executive. But then again there’s plenty of reasons for Michael S Dell to be happy right now.”

Antonio Jara: CFP Extended Nov 30 2014: "International Workshop on Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC-2015)"

This workshop aims at gathering researchers and developers from the fields of the Internet of Things, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Smart Cities to discuss the technologies and research challenges associated to new applications and services in Smart Livable Cities.
The Internet of Things is a key enabler for the realization of smart cities as it allows for the pervasive interaction with/between the smart things leading to an effective integration of information into the digital world.

Carly Okyle: What Consumers Want -- and Don't Want -- From the Internet of Things

Source: “Just as smartphones forever changed our lives, 57 percent of consumers say that they believe the Internet of Things will be revolutionary, with another 47 percent saying that companies that aren’t trying to connect their products to the Internet are missing a big opportunity, according to a study conducted by marketing tech company Affinnova which was recently acquired by consumer and media insights compmany Nielsen. Yet, as promising as the future is, right now customers are none too pleased with the Internet-connected products available.


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