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.

Widget Instrument by Marius Ghercioiu

In our first interview we (Marius Ghercioiu from Tag4M) talked about Cloud Instruments and the Temperature Avatar. Continuing on this path he found the Widget Instrument, which is the smallest thing with the most powerful outcome you can imagine for display of information in the Internet of Things. The Widget Instrument allows users of instrumentation, people who make measurements using boxes, plug-in boards, tags, sensors, etc., to embed the user interface of their measurements live inside a web site that can be blog, media site, etc.

Internet 3.0: the Internet of Things, a new report by Analysys Mason

Analysys Mason writes: "The roots of the emerging 'Internet of Things' (IoT) market lie in industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) systems. Historically, M2M monitoring was ideally suited to asset-intensive, complex processes that were spread over relatively wide areas. As the prices of M2M communications equipment have fallen, manufacturers have installed the technology in an increasing amount of consumer energy meters (known as ‘smart meters’), and have started to add it to a range of household equipment, cars and security systems.

Update on Global Internet of Things Technology Conference', Beijing, November

The event is hosted by China Council For The Promotion Of International Trade, organized by CEW Media Group, mainly open to the leaders of government departments, experts and scholar in higher education institutes and researching departments, domestic and international Internet of things institutions and associations, users and investors in the field of RFID application. Topics at 'Global Internet of Things Technology Conference' (GIOTC) will range from the status and trend of global internet of things, talent exchanges, technology application, industry standard, smart cities, to investing opportunities.

Book 'Interactive Landscapes' Daan Roosegaarde

Artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde builds interactive landscapes – installations that respond intuitively to sound and motion. His first book 'Interactive Landscapes' gives a futuristic view of everyday reality. Roosegaarde’s work is a dynamic fusion of architecture, design and technology with human interaction at its center. Sculptures like Dune, Liquid Space, Flow and Intimacy form a “tactile high-tech" environment, in which the viewer and the space become one. Roosegaarde calls this connection between design and content and between ideology and technology technopoetry.

Centrica pic, parent of British Gas, invests in AlertMe

Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas, announced on October 7 that its British Gas division has acquired a 15.96% stake in AlertMe, a UK based company that provides home energy management services, for £5.7 million in cash...."Phil Bentley, Managing Director at British Gas, said "We want to make energy saving as easy as possible for our customers. This is why we continue to offer new, smarter ways to help customers take control of their energy usage.

Council is a Content Partner of STRP: Real Time Research

What does research mean in a context of the Internet of Things? Before the network and the www one could maintain a theory - practice framework as a large part of 'reality' - read institutional guidance of describing and designating 'events' - was constant. Throughout the Renaissance model of time as a chronological notion (past-present-future) planners were asking scientists to provide models of possible futures (theory) or models guiding the facilitation of possible futures, that could be put into practice by having trials, experiments, probes. Any succesfull attempt could then be maybe become a foundation for policy.

Interetome: The 1st Transdisciplinary Internet of Things Conference

The significant technological potential of an Internet of Things and its real world technical applications appear to have streaked ahead of society’s readiness to fully digest the extent of the possibilities, define what might be considered optimal and sub-optimal outcomes, and plan and act accordingly. At the same time, the nascent Web Science is only now seeking to translate the extant knowledge of more established fields to the information network.

Short report from Council@Picnic session

The two hour session of Council@Picnic (pictures by Slava Kozlov) on new ways of decisionmaking that are more suitable to the network was a very productive mix of short to the point but diverse presentations by Council members with as a first respondent Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau,  a quick and dirty introduction by Usman Haque on his format for gaining participatory rapport in a diverse group, a 25 minute group effort with this format (4 groups of about 7 to 8 participants), and a one minute pitch to Picnic co-founder Marleen Stikker and Morelab member Inaki Vazquez.

“what if you are very kind robbers?..”

This was one response by a lady driver after two hitchhikers in the centre of Budapest tried to get a ride with her. The hitchhiking in town scenario as a tool for evidencing innovative and creative scenarios of mobility in the city, was generated in the context of the RFID workshop by Rob van Kranenburg and Pawel Pokutycki. The key to that workshop was that if we look at it from our analogue point of view and in our current economic and democratic systems of fear, crisis and control The Internet of Things does not show great promise for more balance, more joy or more happiness. However, if we are able to look beyond ourselves, the real profit may lie in getting to know ourselves and our friends and enemies better and being able to live up fully to our potential if everything becomes a bit more transparent.

Report on the “Reassembling Health Workshop: Exploring the Role of the Internet of Things”

Participatory Medicine is a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners.

Cristiano Storni wrote a report on the workshop “Reassembling Health: exploring the role of the Internet of Things.”, Brussels december 2009. 

The 7th annual Smart Fabrics 2011 will take place on 4-6 April 2011 in London.

The 7th annual Smart Fabrics 2011 will take place on 4-6 April 2011 at the Hotel Russell in London, UK. The conference will cover topics such as the current status of innovative smart fabric technologies in the marketplace, as well as recent application breakthroughs and adoption. The conference will be of particular interest for people involved in electronics, textiles, medical, sporting equipment, fashion, and wireless communication industries, as well as military/space agencies and the investment community.

COUNCIL France meets in Paris on Dec 1st




For all of you interested in shaping the Internet of Things: we meet at la Maison des Metallos in Paris:

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Council is part of the High Level Group on IoT from the European Commission

In COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS, Internet of Things — An action plan for Europe, we can read that "IoT is not yet a tangible reality, but rather a prospective vision of a number of technologies that, combined together, could in the coming 5 to 15 years drastically modify the way our societies function.

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ISAmI 2010: the International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence

Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is a recent paradigm emerging from Artificial Intelligence (AI), where computers are used as proactive tools assisting people with their day-to-day activities, making everyone’s life more comfortable.

Another main concern of AmI originates from the human computer interaction domain and focuses on offering ways to interact with systems in a more natural way by means user friendly interfaces.

Council Interview with Tomás García Fresno on SmartSantander

Will Santader be the first Spanish Smart City?  Tomás García Fresno: "SmartSantander has enough elements to transform Santander not only on the first smart city in Spain but also in Europe. The aim of SmartSantander is to deploy the infrastructure necessary to demonstrate the viability of the Internet of things, but not only from a scientific perspective but also involving end users who get real and useful services."

Who are the key players?
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