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.

Boyd Cohen: Smart Cities Should Be More Like Lean Startups

"While I prefer a broader definition of smart cities than just "the ample use of sensors and data," the decreasing cost and increasing availability of sensors suggests that these devices will grow in importance in smart cities around the globe. This trend is perfectly aligned with lean startup principles." Read more about Boyd Cohen: Smart Cities Should Be More Like Lean Startups



Scott Jenson: Of Bears, Bats, and Bees: Making Sense of the Internet of Things

(Conclusion) : "We have to start thinking in layers. It’s perfectly fine if the very top layers are proprietary; that is not the problem. It’s when companies try to own every layer that things go wrong. We have to break up the concept of the internet of things from a proprietary play into a shared play: one where everyone can enter the playground." Read more about Scott Jenson: Of Bears, Bats, and Bees: Making Sense of the Internet of Things



Call for papers for the IoT, Big Data, and Visualization Event, 24 october, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Call for papers for the IoT, Big Data, and Visualization Event, 24 october: 

"Big Data is a big catch phrase. Suddenly the world is focused on the massive amounts of data being created by social networks, but the Internet of Things (IoT) will create an order of magnitude more data than social networks currently do. Read more about Call for papers for the IoT, Big Data, and Visualization Event, 24 october, Eindhoven, The Netherlands



The Annual Privacy Forum 2012

The European Commission proposed in January 2012 a reform of EU's data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights. Privacy is a fundamental need and a basic right. However, often it seems that the utility of electronic communication devices comes with the cost of privacy. In addition to these an active research community in privacy enhancing technologies, presented solution that show that we can have privacy and the benefits of electronic communication. Read more about The Annual Privacy Forum 2012



Gildas Avoine: [RFID Lounge] July Report

RFID Security & Privacy Lounge: The RFID Security and Privacy Lounge references technical works related to security and privacy in RFID systems published in journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, thesis, eprints, and books. It is maintained by UCL's Information Security Group in Belgium, headed by Gildas Avoine. 

A mailing list associated with the website monthly informs the registered members when an update is performed. Read more about Gildas Avoine: [RFID Lounge] July Report



Jason Deign: Roadmapping the Future of Smart Cities: City Protocol

City Protocol: A far-sighted group of city planners is looking to develop a universal language for urban development, using the Internet Protocol as a starting point. How important will IT be in solving urban development challenges? Could a protocol developed in the 1970's to connect computer networks provide the key to more sustainable urban development in the future? Read more about Jason Deign: Roadmapping the Future of Smart Cities: City Protocol



Sayantani Kar: Machine to machine conversations will drive the consulting business of telecom firms

The telecom operators can’t wait for the rollout of the next wave of technology. M2M and enterprise solutions provide an assured stream of revenue according to experts. “It binds them to the solution provider because it manages more than just the network,” says Shanker. (source) Read more about Sayantani Kar: Machine to machine conversations will drive the consulting business of telecom firms



Joseph Nechvatal: Immersion Into Noise

The noise factor is the ratio of signal to noise of an input signal to that of the output signal. Noise can block or interfere with the meaning of a message in both human and electronic communication. But in Information Theory, noise is still considered to be information.

Immersion Into Noise is intended as a conceptual handbook useful for the development of a personal-political-visionary art of noise. Read more about Joseph Nechvatal: Immersion Into Noise



Nadia Palliser: Augmented Society – Debate & Meet the Scene

Nadia Palliser: Augmented Society – Debate & Meet the Scene: "The old post office of the city, a relic of passing on messages, befits this debate perfectly. The Augmented Society debate raises the questions of what we want to share and how we want to go about doing it. All debate on the social use of new technologies is essentially about this but Augmented Reality really seems to push the envelope on this one. Read more about Nadia Palliser: Augmented Society – Debate & Meet the Scene



Jamillah: UK’s first industry forum to help shape the Internet of Things

The forum will include lighting technology company EnLight, white space signal innovators Neul, home energy management tech firm Alertme and AquaMW which develops intelligent cloud sensing technologies.

The forum hopes to combat what it describes as the ‘Internet of Silos’. By this it means ‘an unconnected world with less value to both consumers and businesses’. Read more about Jamillah: UK’s first industry forum to help shape the Internet of Things



Patrick Guillemin: Leading ICT Standards Development Organizations Launch oneM2M

Bellevue, Washington, USA - 24 July 2012: "New global organization will create technical specifications to ensure that Machine-to-Machine Communications can effectively operate on a worldwide scale. Seven of the world's leading information and communications technology (ICT) Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) today launched a new global organization Read more about Patrick Guillemin: Leading ICT Standards Development Organizations Launch oneM2M



David Cox:“Artefacture” – Molly Hankwitz interviewed about the New Aesthetic

"Cameras, processors and sensors are built in everywhere these days so they are getting response and he talks about machines actively melding with the city, which is ‘sentience’ an idea which starts to frame urban space in a wireless and augmented world at the point of the interface where the body ends and machine begins. Ubiquitous sensing “makes contact” thus with human subjects. Read more about David Cox:“Artefacture” – Molly Hankwitz interviewed about the New Aesthetic



The Open Session on Ethics in IoT during the IoT Week

This Open Session on ethics in IoT during the IoT Week, Monday, June 18 2012, Venice, looked at ethics as a real building block and potential 'usp' that will make actual everyday practices, services and implementation also really better.  The Open Session had three sections. The first was organized by Ângela Guimarães Pereira & Paula Curvelo, of the JRC - IPSC and aimed to raise awareness about the ethics of IoT. Read more about The Open Session on Ethics in IoT during the IoT Week



Treffyn Koreshoff - Internet of things

Treffyn Koreshoff - Internet of things (video): "If the internet was a person, it would be too young to drive. What's next in the evolution of "the internet of things"?". RvK was recently interviewed for IDigi explaining that the Internet of Things is inherent to the world of the younger generation, because young people collect, utilize and share data everyday without thinking about it. “We can no longer look at young people and teenagers like they are the young people from 100 years ago. Most 14 and 15 year olds collect more data on a daily basis than politicians.” Read more about Treffyn Koreshoff - Internet of things



IERC news: Core IoT Challenges outlined by main EU IoT thoughtleader Gérald Santucci

  • i) how to improve efficiency and increase people’s quality of life by exploiting data gathered from a globespanning sensor network of heterogeneous elements capable of monitoring objects as macroscopic as climate change and as microscopic as the life-cycle of product packaging,
  • ii) how to power the IoT devices from sources like the sun,


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