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.

The role of Internet of Things in China's 12th Five Year Plan

Joanne Chien, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei: "China's current wave of enthusiasm for the Internet of Things (IoT) had already begun by the time IoT was incorporated into the 12th Five Year Plan in June 2010. Immediately afterward, the central government and local governments across the country began working on a range of standards, industry chains and applications with the goal of creating an industry worth more than CNY500 billion over the coming decade.

Kurzweil: IBM open-sources ‘Internet of Things’ protocol

IBM announced it is joining with Italy-based hardware architecture firm Eurotech in donating a complete draft protocol for asynchronous inter-device communication to the Eclipse Foundation, ReadWriteWeb reports. A projected 24 billion simultaneous devices — sending billions of messages per hour —  including RFID tags on shipping crates, heart rate monitors, GPS devices, smartphone firmware, automobile maintenance systems, and even earrings may become more socially active than any teenager presently alive by the year 2020.

Sarah Spiekermann: 1-day expert symposium on Privacy Impact Assessements (PIAs)

Sarah Spiekermann: On Friday, November 25h 2011, the German Federal Institute for Information Security (BSI) is inviting to a 1-day expert symposium on Privacy Impact Assessements (PIAs).The event is organized in co-operation with Vienna University of Economics and Business (Prof. Spiekermann) and takes place in the Austrian Embassy in Berlin. Please find included the Agenda, including Peter Hustinx, Peter Schaar, Gerald Santucci, Udo Helmbrecht.

Rik Myslewski: Printable transistors usher in 'internet of things'. Billions of systems, printed dirt cheap

Rik Myslewski: "Updated Thinfilm, a Norwegian developer of printable memory, has co-announced with California's PARC a development that takes a big step towards the day when every manufactured object will report in to the internet. Yes, the "internet of things" – the buzzword of the decade.

Council Interview with Sally Applin

Sally A. Applin is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC), where she is researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse:  specifically the reifications of Virtual Space in Personal Space. At Kent, Sally is developing the framework and descriptive theory of PolySocial Reality (PoSR) with Dr. Michael D. Fischer. PoSR describes the condition of synchronous and asynchronous, multiplexed, individuated data creations and their cultural impact.

"IoT sans frontieres" - "The Internet of Things without borders"

"IoT sans frontieres" - "The Internet of Things without borders" is the motto of the IoT International Forum, recently launched by The Internet of Things Initiative (IoT-i) in conjunction with CASAGRAS2, the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) and Wuxi SensingNet, and with the support of the European Commission.

Pier Luigi Capucci: The Internet of Things from the user’s perspective

Pier Luigi Capucci: The Internet of Things from the user’s perspective: "We were asked to consider the Internet of Things (IoT) from the user’s viewpoint. Well, my viewpoint is exactly this, since I’m neither a company director nor a software coder or a hardware creator. From an user’s viewpoint I think we are undergoing a big transformation.

Gerald Santucci: The many opportunities and challenges of the Internet of Things

Gérald Santucci, DG INFSO, Head of unit: Networked Enterprise and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): "The number of devices connected to and by the Internet is expected to range between 16 and 50 billion in 2020, depending on the definition of ‘device’ that is retained. Fleet and freight management, security/surveillance, transport and mobility, vending/payment terminals, smart metering and grids, industrial processes, etc.

P. Krishna: The Next Generation of RFID - securing our world

The Next Generation of RFID - securing our world: "Version 2 of the international UHF RFID standard is about to be come reality. It's all about talk between tag and reader. The communication of captured tag data by the reader over to the network side is protected by secure network protocols like TLS and is not of concern.

14.11.2011, Ljubljana - Living bits and things 2011

Living bits and things Agenda: "According to different sources there will be over fifty billion devices connected to Internet in 2020. In fact, three years ago the number of devices connected to Internet overpassed number of people connected. This growth is more or less going to happen. Yet the question is "Are we ready to take advantage of all these devices, connections and data?".

David Glance: The Internet of Things – this is where we’re going

The Internet of Things – this is where we’re going: "In one vision of the future, every “thing” is connected to the internet. This “Internet of Things” will bring about revolutionary change in how we interact with our environment and, more importantly, how we live our lives.

Mirko Presser: IOT Comic Book

Mirko Presser: "About a year ago, I started working on a – then new – European project called the Internet of Things Initiative (IoT-i) on a topic that was supposed to find strategically important IoT applications. We managed to gather about 150 application scenarios, short texts describing an IoT application in a situation. Quite diverse material and mainly from other European projects – past and present.

Paul Didier: Manufacturers, and particularly car makers, will be driving the Internet of Things

Paul Didier: "...Manufacturers, and particularly car makers, will be driving the Internet of Things (IoT) by incorporating standard networks into their machines. 

I also indicated that evolving the standards is going to be critical to that adoption.

Alex Williams : The Megatrend of Our Time is the Internet of Things and Connected Devices

Alex Williams: "Mary Meeker at the Web 2.0 Summit, makes the point that the mega-trend of the 21st Century is the empowerment of people through connected, mobile devices.  Her focus is on smartphones. My view:  The megatrend of our times is connected devices and the Internet of Things. Mary Meeker puts most of her focus on the growth of smartphone shipments; mobile search; mobile advertising;

Helen Le Voi: how do you design user centred experiences that work for the Internet of Things

Council: Could you explain briefly what Smarcos is?

Helen Le Voi: Smarcos is a three-year, €14m Artemis funded research project involving 17 partners across seven countries in Europe. The project partners are drawn from various backgrounds including major corporations, research bodies and SMEs such as Indra, Nokia, Philips and Fjord.


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