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.

New book out: Development of Field Information Monitoring System Based on the Internet of Things

Abstract: "With the rapid development and wide application of electronics, communication and embedded system technologies, the global agriculture is changing from traditional agriculture that is to improve the production relying on the increase of labor, agricultural inputs to the new stage of modern agriculture with low yields, high efficiency, real-time and accuracy.

Martin Pot: "we realise ‘homes’ which contain huge amounts of data"

It was, I believe, the French psycho-analyst Jacques Lacan who stated that the reality in which man lives mainly consist of images, desires, etc. , not the average social daily life. Our build environment is only for a small – but important – part a precondition for this; where it concerns our experiences we have an increasing amount of possibilities available to determine, realise and influence our environment, be it build or virtual. So far our experiences in the virtual world take place within the build environment; we need some kind of ‘sphere’,

Second International Workshop on the Web of Things (WoT 2011) -- CFP


Web of Things researchers and community members, warm-up your keyboards, we are waiting for you submission to WoT 2011! After a successful WoT 2010 workshop, we are glad to announce WoT 2011, co-located with Pervasive 2011.

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Council interview with Arlissa Vaughn of Visual Overture Magazine

It is a very difficult question, but what does art mean to you?: "Assuming we are first of all limiting here the word "art" to mean visual art, then I believe art is a visual language that penetrates beyond vision into the soul of humanity. Art follows a set of visual rules, part of the visual language, that makes it aesthetically pleasing, therefore first attracting a viewer's attention.

NXP and Gemalto Sign Licensing Agreement for Adding MIFARE to UICC Card

AllPayNews: NXP  and Gemalto announced a global strategic licensing agreement for NXP’s MIFARE™ technology, enabling Gemalto to integrate MIFARE into its UICC cards. "This cooperation aims at spurring the usage of NFC mobile devices in the MIFARE infrastructure, therefore accelerating worldwide deployments of mobile contactless services." “MIFARE is already at the heart of contactless infrastructures around the world,” said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors.

At Dutch Festival, Visitors Used RFID to Critique Art, Share Opinions

By Mary Catherine O'Connor in RFID Journal: "Thousands of attendees at the 10-day STRP Festival used passive tags to record their reactions to dozens of interactive art installations, as well as share them on Facebook and Twitter. The STRP Festival, a 10-day event filled with art, music and technology, takes place in the Netherlands' city of Eindhoven, attracting thousands of people to its concerts, galleries and conference tracks.

Rajasthan town to get ‘smart city' tag

It seems we are seeing the smart city teams lining up. For the USA IBM/Cisco, for Japan Toshiba, Itochu, Mitsubishi and Mitsu. We are wondering who will be on the field for Europe, Russia, China and Brasil.

From the Hindu newspaper:
"JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Government has decided to develop Bhiwadi-Neemrana town in Alwar district as a “smart city” as part of a smart community development project in collaboration with the agencies of the Japanese Government.

Kickstarting the Internet of Things ecosystem in the UK : Opportunities, barriers, recommendations

The ESP, DC and DS Knowledge Transfer Networks, with support from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, RCUK’s Digital Economy programme, and the UK Future Internet Strategy Group, are organizing, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board, a consultation workshop to explore the opportunities of, and barriers to, an Internet of Things ecosystem of application and services. Read more about Kickstarting the Internet of Things ecosystem in the UK : Opportunities, barriers, recommendations

Regional developments

In the 21st century, identity is evolving into a changing constellation of relations between a person, his or her things and an ‘intelligent’ environment. All of today's computer paradigms focus on connectivity: the Internet of Things, Pervasive Computing, Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence are every one of them concepts denoting an environment that functions as an interface, and in which people, computers, the Internet and objects jointly and severally form networks. This is developing very rapidly at the moment. Read more about Regional developments

Central to the 21th century is the move from the Internet to the Internet of Things

Central to the 21th century is the move from the Internet to the Internet of Things (networked objects). A new ontology is being created that goes – currently – undebated. Our Western philosophical tradition is based on the categories and affordances of a subject – object dichotomy.

Social Design in Public Space

These days many designers focus on triggering participation in public space. This requires social design skills, being an insight in how people interact with things, how and why people participate. In this research project a group of Social Spaces researchers and external experts propose the following situation to students: ‘Imagine all public infrastructures break down, how could your new media application, intervention, service or object help people in self-organising part of their infrastructure (like water, public transport, garbage…) ‘.

Open Workshop on "Standards: an architecture for the Smart Grid"

ETSI is pleased to invite you to an open workshop on "Standards: an architecture for the Smart Grid" taking place on 5-6 April 2011 in Agora Einstein, Sophia Antipolis (FR). The event is organized in partnership with CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Joint Working Group, NIST SGIP and T&D Europe.

A tcp/ip for IoT?

Rob van Kranenburg of Council recently moderated GIOTC Internet of Things Conference in Beijing together with Zhang Qi, Chairman of China Information Industry Trade Association, Chairman of RFID China Alliance. Dr. Wu Dongya, Associate director of the National Registration Center for OID spoke on OID techology and application in IOT. The coming two years it seems will be directional for standardization of IOT.

Sensor wisdom

In his Introduction to European Forward Looking Activities in the Far Horizon workshop in Brussels, December 3, Domenico ROSSETTI - European Commission, Research Directorate-General - sees as a trend in The World in 2025:



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The internet of hype (Economist)

"Will the internet of everything reinforce China's top-down model or the West's more bottom-up approach? The betting would be on the latter. But the top-down approach may have surprising advantages: in the establishment of the necessary standards to ensure that things can talk to things; in the construction of smart public infrastructure; and in the introduction of toll roads and other forms of metering.


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