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.

PECCS 2011 deadline extended

Due to several requests, the paper submission deadline for PECCS 2011 (International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems) has been extended to November 11. Sponsored by INSTICC and held in collaboration with UPM (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) and in cooperation with WfMC (Workflow Management Coalition),

Towards Abundant DiY Service Creativity Successfully Leveraging the Internet-of-Things in the City and at Home

A paper by Lieven Trappeniers, Marc Roelands, Marc Godon, Johan Criel, Philippe Dobbelaere Bell Laboratories Alcatel-Lucent. Antwerpen, Belgium (lieven.trappeniers at"With continuing trends towards miniaturization and lowpower connectivity, an abundance of connected smart objects - the Internet-of-Things [1] is expected to emerge.

The program for Lift@Home/Council/Institute of Philosophy November 5 Moscow is out:

Interdisciplinary Seminar on IoT, SmE, AmI, AR techno-and socio-cultural issues for innovational Human/City interfaces.There are three plenaries in the Institute of Philosophy Russian Academy of Sciences where professor Vladimir Arschinov (IPH RAS) will talk about "Emergency and Complexity of Iot-project", towards a human-centric approach. The second plenary is by Rob van Kranenburg of Council:

Council interview with Rick Bullotta from ThingWorx

ThingWorx says it fits "wherever Things impact resources - from manufacturing, energy, utilities, and transportation to emerging opportunities such as smart buildings, the smart grid, and telemedicine." Currently in closed beta, having raised  $1.8M funding from founders, business partners and angel investors, we wonder if ThingWorx is a contender for bridging the analogue and the digital world. ThingWorx describes itself as a revolutionary and disruptive platform that connects people and systems with things in the real world.

eSphere: Living in the Cloud

STRP Conference, November 26th (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). STRP Conference 'eSphere: Living in the Cloud' reflects on the cultural transformation to a new, networked reality, made possible by recent developments in neuroscience and converging technologies such as RFID. The conference explores the meaning of 'cloud culture' and 'internet of things' for art and our culture. What if all our operations can be instantly performed somewhere in the web? What are the cultural implications of this technological restructuring of our society?

Openness with security: API keys for the Internet of Things

Go and check out the Pachube feed

Pachube says: "You will notice above a little Javascript function updating every 5 seconds or so with the value of Pachube feed 504, datastream 1.

We think this is REALLY BIG NEWS...

Council Interview with Rafi Haladjian

Council: We have heard rumours of a new beta, are these true?

Rafi: "These are not rumors any more. On December 1 we are going to introduce the beta version of will be the first layer of's action."

Council: Most people know your Nazbatag by now, was it too early you think when you launched it, in terms of context for Internet of Things?

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.


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