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.

JenNet-IP, ultra-low-power, IEEE 802.15.4-based, wireless network layer software available under an Open Source license in Q4, 2011

Mike Hanlon: Dutch-based NXP Semiconductors "announced announced it is to make its JenNet-IP, ultra-low-power, IEEE 802.15.4-based, wireless network layer software available under an Open Source license in Q4, 2011. This development is very significant as it reduces the cost and greatly simplifies adding "smart" connectivity and two-way communication into a wide range of devices,



1St AWARENESS Workshop on Challenges in Achieving Self-Awareness in Autonomous Systems

As technology continues to rapidly advance, the management of systems becomes increasingly more difficult: systems are likely to be composed of heterogeneous devices, the topology of the system can dynamically change to device mobility; components of the system are probably programmed with different models, and emergent behaviours can occur, not pre-programmed into the system. On top of this, users of systems expect 24/7 reliability, high levels of security, and privacy of their data.The scale of the challenge imposed by the necessity to  these systems is such that control can no longer be devolved to a human.



Technology Strategy Board to invest £5m into the ’Internet of Things’

The Technology Strategy Board "is to launch a £5m initiative aimed at accelerating the formation of the ’Internet of Things’ ecosystem of applications and services and is inviting British businesses and other stakeholders to help shape the programme.....Explaining why the Internet of Things will be of such importance, Nick Appleyard, Head of Digital at the Technology Strategy Board, said: “The Internet of Things is one of the next major developments of the Internet and has the potential to unleash large scale investment, create jobs and bring substantial economic growth to many sectors of the economy.



MobiQuitous 2011

The Eighth Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous 2011) will provide a forum for practitioners and researchers from diverse backgrounds to interact and exchange experiences about the design and implementation of mobile and ubiquitous systems. Areas addressed by the conference include systems, applications, social networks, middleware, networking, data management and services, all with special focus on mobility and ubiquitous computing.
 We solicit technical papers describing original, previously unpublished research, not currently under review by another conference or journal.



3rd Annual Internet of Things Europe 2011: Bridging the divide between policy and reality

Now in its third year, the Internet of Things Europe Conference, run with the support of the European Commission, will bring together top level speakers from industry, EU institutions, governments and academia to engage in an interactive debate on the current and future trends relating to the IoT.

This event will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange views and experiences on how the IoT will re-shape real-life applications and services, exploring the major trend towards M2M and the merging of the online and offline worlds, and discussing the challenges ahead.



Short report from FuturoDesign Laboratory Workshop

See also a report in Russian from Alexander Leenetsky.

In The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) by the author John Wyndham aliens visit a small village after which all the women get pregnant. Their children are bright, 'perfect' and telepathic. If one girl learns how to open a bottle, all the girls know how to do this too. This Sheldrake like 'morphogenetic resonance' is recognized as deeply disruptive by the village philosopher who realizes that a civilization built alone on standalone intelligence has no defense against a wired, connected 'oneness'. It is simply too realtime and too fast. What could only be framed in terms of 'alien' - non-human - has now become stark reality in 2011.



IOT-I has developed a questionnaire that presents various scenarios for IOT

IOT-I has developed a questionnaire that presents various scenarios for IOT, categorised by industrial sectors. When answering our survey, you are asked to rate over 60 Internet of Things scenarios. You can choose to rate them by sector or all of them. It is up to you to take 5 minutes for one sector, do a few in 15 minutes or the whole survey. Results will be publically available on their website. The survey can be accessed here. Read more about IOT-I has developed a questionnaire that presents various scenarios for IOT



Neelie Kroes: The specific dimension of the risk of a digital divide could be taken into consideration for IOT Research and Development (R&D) and innovation

This is the answer of Commissioner Kroes to a question posed by EP Lena Kolarska Bobinska with input from Council: "The Internet of Things (IOT) will allow the emergence of many promising small and large scale applications like Smart Cities, Intelligent Transport, eHealth, Intelligent Manufacturing. The creation of many new applications and services will be possible everywhere and not be bound to any national or geographical border.



'the project' concept networking service provides a virtual workspace for modern creatives and freelancers

'the project' concept networking service provides a virtual workspace for modern creatives and freelancers who collaborate outside of the traditional office structure. designed by netherlands-based studio knol (dutch designers celine de waal malefijt, jorien kemerink, and sylvie meuffels), the concept was shortlisted from over 1000 designs in the recent designboom competition 'a life with future computing'.



The Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments

The Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE)  has been accepted for indexation at both "Journal Citation Reports (JCR)" and "scopus".  Although that will become effective in January 2012, it will include all issues published by this journal from V1N1 onwards. Also incorporated recently is a variety of auxiliary sections. An example of those is the section where they publish updates on PhD vivas so if one of your students has recently graduated you can consider this option to let know the rest of the community about it.

Get a free sample copy.



Yongmou Liu at Harvard: Preliminary Exploration on Social Impacts of Internet of Things (IoT) and Countermeasures

Yongmou Liu - Ph.D,Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology, School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China Department of History of Science, Harvard University - gave a presentation on IoT's social impact at Department of History of Science in Harvard University on May 3 2011. The faculty of Harvard considered that IoT's govenance is really a big issue. His abstract: Preliminary Exploration on Social Impacts of Internet of Things (IoT) and Countermeasures: The Internet of Things (IoT) is the future Internet. Simply speaking, IoT may be defined as the new-generation network/Internet which applies newest information technologies to connect all kinds of things.



IOT Essentials launched

This week sees the launch of the world's first e-magazine for the internet of things. IOT Essentials is an electronic downloadable publication which, we believe, will keep stakeholders and early adopters abreast of the developments, enterprise and opportunities shaping the emerging worldwide revolution that is the internet of things.This first issue is a complimentary issue which is being sent to thousands of businesses, academic institutions and other organisations all around the world. It will become a subscription magazine. IOT Essentials will have a supporting website including a forum for global discussion and debate.



Launching an open-ended exploration of people-centric applications of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Latitude, in cooperation with their partners at Council (the European Internet of Things think tank), Info.nl, and Machina Research, is launching an open-ended exploration of people-centric applications of the Internet of Things (IoT). If you’ve thought a lot about IoT, if you’re new to the topic and think it sounds interesting, or if you fall somewhere in between, we’d love to hear your perspectives on where and how you’d like to see IoT develop.



Linkedin Group: New book chapter on "Architecting the Internet of Things"

The LinkedIn Group Internet of Things is very rich and productive. One of the most recent posts is by Dieter Uckelmann who says: "There is a new book available on Architecting the Internet of Things.

As I´m one of the editors I would like to get your comments on the introductory chapter which is available for free at Springer (pdf): 

What do you think about the provided definition of the Internet of Things?

" The book is An Architectural Approach Towards the Future Internet of Things, by Dieter Uckelman, Mark Harrison and Florian Michahelles.



DAT IoT Winners Interview series: Tina Chen

DAT winner Tina Chen In the Tabula Rasa project: "We wanted the design to be easily integrated into a today's real life scenarios, where multiple people might be using the same table in a house, and they are not always at home.

The romantic experience is nice, but we also want to give people convenience and flexibility not just frustration. After all, human is the center of the design. And technology is here to help, not to dominate. And slow shouldn't mean impractical."



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