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.

PTI: Smart city plan: Criteria agreed for selection, ranking

“The government's initiative for creating 100 smart cities achieved a major milestone today as the various stakeholders came out with the criteria for the selection and ranking of cities and also broadly agreed on innovative financing models and urban governance reforms to be implemented as part of the project. 
The way forward emerged after intense discussions at a two-day 'Consultation Workshop of States and Stakeholders on Smart Cities', which concluded here today. “

Pete Carey: Q&A: Jasper CEO Jahangir Mohammed, on the Internet of Things

Source: “Jasper, a maker of cloud-based systems, had just finished moving into its new Santa Clara headquarters this week when its CEO and founder Jahangir Mohammed sat down for a conversation about the rapidly evolving "Internet of Things."
Mohammed realized his dream of starting a company 11 years ago, before the term Internet of Things had been coined to denote a growing array of smart, connected devices. But he had a vision of a connected world, and he realized that if he created

Mark Pomerleau: Cheat sheet for the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things is not a ways down the road, it’s banging on the door. According to Gartner, there will be about 4.9 billion connected units in use this year; by 2020, that number will grow to 26 billion. Another study said that nearly 20 percent of the planet’s developers are working in some capacity on projects related to the Internet of Things. That kind of far-reaching, fast-growing technology has a lot of people seriously worried about privacy and security. Eugene Kaspersky even calls IoT the Internet of Threats because of the potentially catastrophic danger of the ever increasing number

Dancing with the IoT Stars in Barcelona

Source: "In about a month, the annual madness that is the Mobile World Congress will hit Barcelona, but as usual the more interesting events (IMHO etc.) will take place elsewhere in the city. This year, is partnering with 4FYN, a huge mobile innovation and startup-focused conference, but we’re also excited about supporting and taking part in another event called IoT Stars. Obviously focused on IoT aka the ‘Internet of Things’, it’s essentially a new, high-level startup competition, which will see 10 startups pitching in front of an impressive jury at the iconic Agbar Tower in Barcelona (pictured above) on Monday, March 2.

Next on Modern Workplace—The Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things is changing how people and technology interact. With 1.9 billion devices connected today and an estimated 50 billion projected by 2020, the opportunity to gain efficiencies, enable innovation and increase agility through connected devices is massive.
Register now to watch Modern Workplace live on February 3rd and hear directly from two Internet of Things experts on how connecting your devices and your people can provide insights to predict and respond ahead of the competition. Plus, find out how Office 365 tools

Stephen Mraz: The Internet of Things: Our Inevitable Future or a Pipe Dream?

Source: “Among today’s technocrats and thought leaders, few concepts are more popular and appealing than the Internet of Things (IoT). In general, it refers to a future in which networks of low-power sensors, some say a trillion of them and most of them wireless, on every “thing” from bearings to motors to patients to appliances, will provide petabytes of information. This information will let people better manage factories, airports, hospitals, homes, and their everyday lives, sometimes without them even knowing it. That’s because computers and actuators will also be on, or networked, Read more about Stephen Mraz: The Internet of Things: Our Inevitable Future or a Pipe Dream?

Sophie Curtis: Who will pay for the Internet of Things?

Source: “Cupboards that order groceries for you when you're running low, cars that automatically drive to the nearest available parking space, and central heating systems that warm up the house and have a hot bath waiting for you when you get home from work – this is the vision of the Internet of Things (IoT). The term has been bandied around for years, but now the hype is reaching fever pitch. According to some forecasts, there will be 50 billion everyday objects connected to the internet by 2020, and the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills claims the global market

Chris Neiger: How The Internet of Things Will Change Your Life

Source: “You think you know the Internet pretty well, right? You go online every day, maybe watch some videos on your phone, upload some pictures to Instagram, and message your friends and family.
That's a good start, but it's a just a fraction of the Internet's influence over your life.
Over the next few years, and even now, the Internet is connecting parts of our lives in ways we never could have imagined just a few years ago. It's called the Internet of Things (weird name, I know), and it's going to transform the next 10 years of our technological lives.

Q & A with Patrik Kloz, CEO of blueberry wall

The blueberry wall is the world’s first photo wall that lights up when your loved one thinks of you. Yes, that’s right. It is a high quality photo print showing 9 photos of your choice. It is not a screen or a tablet but a real photo print. It hangs on your wall and when you touch it it will send messages to your loved one. 
Let’s say you touch the picture in the upper left corner then your loved one will know that you are looking back at this moment right now. Your partner has the same photos on the phone. When your love touches one of the photos on the phone then your photo wall will light up.

4YFN Builds on Success of Inaugural Event with Expanded Programme Targeting Europe's Mobile Investors and Entrepreneurs

Barcelona, 26 January 2015. – 4Years From Now (4YFN), the international event for mobile startups presented by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona and GSMA, expects to double the number of entrepreneurs, startups and investors who participated in the first edition.
With this goal in mind, the organization presents a lineup that will include the presence of Andrew Creighton, president of VICE Media; Mike Ng, director of Mobile Sales and Operations at Twitter

Lily Hay Newman: The Internet of Things Is Getting a Rule Book

Source: “The Internet of Things definitely has data privacy and security issues. With so many devices communicating all the time, it’s more likely that there will be a weak spot somewhere. So on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission released a report detailing its best-practice recommendations for the Internet of things. But not everyone agrees with the agency’s approach. The major message from the FTC is that companies should be self-policing their security measures, their transparency with customers, and—perhaps most controversially—their data-retention decisions. In a press release,

Victoria Woollaston: ’Internet of Things' gets watchdog: Report calls for extra security to prevent hacking of smart gadgets in homes

Source: “One of the biggest concerns about smart household gadgets is how much data they collect and share about you and your home. 
And, with this in mind, a US government consumer watchdog has laid out guidelines that call for increased privacy and security across connected devices, for fitness, smart homes and other uses.
At the moment, the guidelines are only suggestions and 'best practices' that companies

Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments

New Journal for 2015: Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments focuses on theoretical developments and lessons learned in the deployment of Intelligent Environments.
The coverage is broad, open and flexible, embracing all types of techniques which can increase confidence in Intelligent Environments systems.
Covers intelligent environments of any scale, ranging from smart materials and wearable networks in clothes, to smart buildings and systems of geographic scale, such as smart cities and geosensor networks.

Joe Curtis: Can HyperCat win the battle of IoT standards?

Source: “Councils are using HyperCat to share data with third parties, but can it overcome tech firms' proprietary standards?
Councils are using a new Internet of Things (IoT) standard to share data with third-parties as they try to overcome information silos.
Both Milton Keynes Council and Bristol City Council have embarked on IoT projects with HyperCatCity, an initiative based on a new IoT standard developed by a consortium of 40 UK companies.

FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies to Adopt Best Practices to Address Consumer Privacy and Security Risks

Source: “In a detailed report on the Internet of Things, released today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission recommend a series of concrete steps that businesses can take to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security, as Americans start to reap the benefits from a growing world of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things is already impacting the daily lives of millions of Americans through the adoption of health


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