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.

D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment.

D-CENT will be an open, modular and decentralized platform to build privacy-aware applications. The code-base will be described by open specifications and released under an open source license. Developers will be able to easily write API-based apps plus add new modules. The modular platform enables to share in real-time open data, democratic decision making tools Read more about D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment.



Mirko Ross: Context Awareness changes everything

Source: „Trying to explain contex awareness is a hard job. Talking about it on a conference is like talking about delicious food: you have to taste food before, to get an impression. Only talking about is quite boring. I spent a lot of time this year, to tell people on conference that context awareness, will change our life strongly. We will step into a complete new dimension of user interaction, if our environment is aware of us. But how to tell that? It’s like a four star gourmet dinner. You have to taste the excellence. Or imagine.”


Extended Call for Papers: CeDEM Asia 201

City University of Hong Kong, Danube University Krems, Nam Center for Korean Studies (University of Michigan), and Singapore Internet Research Centre (Nanyang Technological University) jointly organize the International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM) Asia 2014, with an aim of bringing together researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social and mobile media in the future of citizenship and governance, and analyze current research Read more about Extended Call for Papers: CeDEM Asia 201



The UrbanIxD Symposium

Alongside the UrbanIxD exhibition taking place in Venice, the project is presenting a one-day symposium to encourage debate and discussion around the themes of the exhibition, and of the UrbanIxD project itself. This exhibition is a culmination of the work that has been carried out over the two-year duration of the UrbanIxD project, in particular the work of the Summer School held in 2013.1
 
Keynote speaker: Dan Hill
The registration fee is €60 (€30 for full-time students) which includes lunch & coffee.


IOT360 i: Agenda online

Source: "IoT is the heart of Innovation and has an enormous impact on the way we do business. By 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected and the market worth € 14 trillion. New approaches to Innovation are needed! Ideas and research have to be transformed into commercial value propositions.
The IOT360 is a unique event bringing a 360 degree perspective on IoT-related projects and activities and aiming to coach involved people on the whole path between research to innovation and all the way through to commercialisation of ideas, projects and technologies.


Carlos Watson: The New New Thing: The Internet of Things

Source: „Because the hottest new thing in tech isn’t social networking. It’s the Internet of things: networks of interconnected devices that communicate with each other. Here’s a phrase you’re about to hear a lot more of — if you haven’t already: the “Internet of Things.” Why? It’s about to be the next big thing. What does it mean? It’s not just computers and phones that are linked up to the Internet — it’s your stuff: refrigerators and glasses and trains and buildings. The buzz about the Internet of things really took off earlier this year,


Mark Roberti: Can RFID Tags Be Generated from a Single Machine?

Source: „No. At present, virtually all RFID tags are manufactured with silicon chips made at a wafer fabrication facility. The wafer goes through many different steps to create the microchip. The chip is later attached to an antenna by a separate machine.
That said, there are companies working on printing microchips, and there is no reason why, if you are printing the chip, you could not also print the antenna. To date, printed electronics have not had the performance to match that of conventional silicon chips, so they have not been widely used


Sean Michael Kerner: The Internet of Things Thread Network Protocol Debuts

Source: „Apparently, regular Internet networking protocols aren't enough for the Internet of Things. Today yet another group emerged, promising to deliver an improved experience for the Internet of Things with yet another new protocol effort.
Thread will leverage a number of existing standards, including IEEE 802.15.4, IETF IPv6 and 6LoWPAN. Thread's backers define it as an IPv6 networking protocol designed for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks. Thread is already being used inside of


Colleen Michele Jones: ​ParkerVision jumping into the 'Internet of things'

Source: „Long-beleaguered ParkerVision is expanding its vision, the company said in a presentation to investors today. Its new frontier: the Internet of Things.
The Jacksonville-based developer of radio-frequency technology for wireless applications provided shareholders with an overview of its recent litigation maneuvers as well as business strategies and market opportunities during a presentation in New York.
One of the areas ParkerVision is actively moving into,


Beverly Macy: 3 Key Internet-of-Things Trends in Mid-2014

Source: „The Internet of Things market will be worth $7.1 trillion by 2020, according to a study by the International Data Corporation (IDC). BI Intelligence finds that 1.9 billion once-inert everyday and enterprise devices are already connected to the internet -- from parking meters to home thermostats -- and by 2018 that number will top 9 billion.
Everyone from Samsung to Intel to GE to you-name-it is already in the space and it's getting very exciting. It's also getting very real, with both advantages and risks rising to the surface.


Noel Randewich: Google's Nest launches network technology for connected home

Source: „Google Inc's Nest Labs on Tuesday unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of "smart" home gadgets like locks and lightbulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network.
The attempt by Nest, a smart thermostat maker that Google bought in January for $3.2 billion, to lead the way on how household devices will speak to each other in the future underscores the importance placed by Google on cars, homes and other areas


Industry-leading companies including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM team up to Thread!

Industry-leading companies including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM team up to Thread! "Unlike many existing technologies or IoT approaches, Thread is not an application protocol or


Rethink money and meaning with the internet of things: Chris Rezendes at TEDxSanDiego 2013

Source: „Chris Rezendes, founder and president of INEX Advisors, talks about the emergence of the Internet of Things—a worldwide deployment of tiny devices to measure, connect, and tear down the barriers between the analog and silicon worlds. While the focus has been on profit, Rezendes argues for a broader perspective. From water wells in Africa to America's own transportation infrastructure, the Internet of Things can help us put people above machines Read more about Rethink money and meaning with the internet of things: Chris Rezendes at TEDxSanDiego 2013



Charlotte Jee: Plan to share ICT and legal services with two other councils in face of cuts

Source: "Councillors at Cambridge City Council will discuss sharing ICT and legal services with South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire councils this evening. Sharing services could save the three councils 'hundreds of thousands of pounds', Cambridge City’s strategy and resources scrutiny committee will be told. “With a 40 percent reduction in government core funding for the council we have to find ways of making further savings for at least the next four years,” said Cambridge City Council’s leader, Lewis Herbert."


Tim Omarzu: RFID chips to be used on Chattooga County buses to track students

Source: „No child left behind — on the school bus. That's part of the sales pitch made by StudentConnect Inc., a Marietta, Ga.-based start-up company that lets school districts and parents track students using ID cards that contain radio frequency identification device (RFID) chips. The Chattooga County School District recently signed a five-year contract to use StudentConnect, said Kayode "Kay" Aladesuyi, chairman and CEO of East Coast Diversified Corp., the holding company that owns StudentConnect.


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