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.

Charlie Osborne: Samsung hopes to secure top spot in Internet of Things revolution

Source: “Samsung believes the Internet of Things will generate the next wave of consumer technology, and plans to secure a strong spot for the ride.
In an interview with Samsung's president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, the executive said the Internet of Things (IoT) is likely to dramatically change our lives in the future. IoT is, in short, the idea of connecting up home appliances and gadgets to the web. The applications of this concept are varied; from controlling home lights and security systems with your smartphone to smart fridges which tell you when items are about to expire -- or

Patrick Thibodeau: Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things is nothing without batteries and plugs. But it's possible to build a sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light, as Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The idea of harvesting power has a long history and there are many applications of it today. However, big solar panels or large sensors that can capture energy from vibrations, heat and light are impractical in many Internet of Things sensor applications, which are tiny in size.

Meet IoT-A: Newsletter Nr 1: Interview with Thibaut Kleiner, Head of DG Connect Unit, European Commission

"I agree that at the moment there is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things in the US and in Asia. To some extent, a number of businesses are waking up to the disruptive potential of IoT and are gearing towards reaping benefits out of it. Excitement is less apparent in Europe, but it does not mean that it is not present. My impression from travelling both to the US and Asia in the last six months is that European technology is still more advanced and that more has been initiated in Europe in terms of IoT demonstrators. But as often is the case in Europe, Read more about Meet IoT-A: Newsletter Nr 1: Interview with Thibaut Kleiner, Head of DG Connect Unit, European Commission

David Friend: BlackBerry looks to autos, connected homes as avenues for growth in its recovery

Source: “BlackBerry is hoping not only to return to the hearts and minds of smartphone users but, starting next year, the company wants to get into their cars and homes too. With its finances slowly improving, plans are being made for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company to become a bigger player in the Internet of Things movement, which links your phone with various other technology, from your fridge to your television....
“Everything we do fits together.””

Simon Crompton: The 'Internet of Things' brings opportunities and disruption

Source: "The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to fundamentally change and expand how businesses do business across the internet. According to Business Insider, the IoT is being driven by changes in the manufacturing industry, but expansion in manufacturing is already leading to expansion in other areas such as transportation and warehousing. Trying to get a handle on what the changes that IoT will make to industry over the next few years is difficult. As the technology advances that allows industry to connect

Jim Rossman: Wink hub can help bring your house under control

Source: “It seems like everyone wants to control your house.
Well, they want to help you control your house using their home automation ecosystem.
What do I mean by home automation?
Tasks like controlling lights remotely, controlling your thermostat and deadbolts remotely, setting appliances to turn on to cook dinner or make coffee automatically or even monitoring your home security or alerting you if your water heater starts leaking.
All those tasks can be done now with home automation hardware from all kinds of manufacturers.

Marc Canter: The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

Source: “The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health industry player has declared the IoT to be the next big thing. Each of these industries sees a way of taking advantage of tiny low-power intelligent devices or sensors and they’ve baked the IoT into their future product strategies. These industries are so excited about the IoT that they’ve created a collective frothing-at-the-mouth level of hysteria – to the point where Cisco is even trying to rename it to the “Internet of Everything.”

Claire Swedberg: Beacons Spice Up Sales at McDonald's

Source: “Following a months-long trial of Bluetooth beacons at 26 McDonald's franchises in Columbus, Ga., mobile app technology company Piper, located in San Diego, is deploying its technology at other McDonald's restaurants throughout Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The trial—involving the installation of two beacons at each restaurant (one at the drive-through window and another at the sales counter inside) and a Piper app that provided consumers with promotional data, employment information and questionnaires—found that the technology boosted sales of the items being promoted by between 7.5 and 8 percent Read more about Claire Swedberg: Beacons Spice Up Sales at McDonald's

Jack Moore: There is still no governmentwide definition of the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things may be the biggest tech buzzword of 2014. The number of Internet-connected sensors, trackers and other assorted things could grow to as many as 50 billion devices by 2020, according to some estimates -- enough for every human on Earth to have seven such devices. But for the government, that term means different things to different people. A report issued last month by the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, made up of corporate executives who advise the White House on tech policy, called

Eleanor Burns: Finalists of the CODE_n15 CONTEST will present their IoT business models at CeBIT 2015.

Source: “400 start-ups from around the globe have entered their business models for the CODE_n15 CONTEST. This year the competition is focusing on the Internet of Things, with the motto "Into the Internet of Things". Submissions from over 40 countries have been submitted, all fighting for one of the 50 places in the finale. Finalists will be announced at the end of January 2015. The 50 finalists, chosen by an independent jury, will have the chance to present their ideas to industry experts and the international

Julian David: The internet of things: a second digital revolution worth trillions

Source: “The (UK) government’s chief scientific adviser has released his long-awaited review on the internet of things (IoT), which was commissioned by the Prime Minister earlier this year.
Sir Mark’s Walport’s review is comprehensive and authoritative. It provides welcome recommendations on how the UK can seize an opportunity worth trillions of pounds. The report has three particularly laudable qualities:
First, its focus on how practical applications of IoT can deliver benefits to key areas such as energy, healthcare, agriculture, transport and buildings.

Amy-jo Crowley: A Government-backed body is investing £1m in seven UK start-ups

Source: “The winners in full are Digital Shadows, Product Health, Arjun Technology, London Cambridge Cycle, OpenTRV and Superflux.
A Government-backed body is investing £1m in seven UK start-ups in a bid to help them grow their businesses for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.
The money is part of the former Technology Strategy Board, now Innovate UK's, £400m annual budget after it launched a competition to create more innovation in the areas of IoT, especially in London and Cambridge.

Mark Wilson: Microsoft's view of 2015: Internet of Things, security, and machine learning

Source: “Companies are always forward-looking, but it's at this time of year that this is really focused on. Consumers are excited to see what products they'll be able to get their hands on in the year ahead, businesses want to know what services the coming year has to offer, and technology enthusiasts are keen to learn about what projects are in the works.
Today, Microsoft shares its view of which areas of technology are going to be of the greatest importance for businesses in 2015. Corporate Vice President

Guy Daniels: Deriving meaning and value from the Internet of Things

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) sector is forecast to experience explosive growth over the next few years, with embedded communications capabilities in an ever-increasing range of products and devices......“There is a massive shift in the market where the remote device at the edge is quickly becoming an incredibly strategic tool to share and collect data, enable more informed decision making, and deliver the best customer experience possible,” said Edzard Overbeek, SVP, Cisco Services. “But, if customers don't have the right analytics solutions in place to make sense of it, that data is useless.””

Surd Kar: FoundationDB extends NoSQL database to gear up for Internet of Things

Source “With the arrival of highly distributed applications (as found in Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and others) and the Internet of Things, SQL databases have proven inadequate in terms of scalability, ease of management, cost and deployment in the cloud. This has led to over a year of innovation working towards highly distributed database technology to support distributed application models. In an effort to combine the best technologies, database platform startup FoundationDB has created a NoSQL database to address these problems.


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