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.

Entry Nr 9: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Augustin Pelaez

The Internet (and the Nature) of Things  By: Agustin Pelaez - Cofounder and Managing Director at Ubidots. See the pdf for the full text with images.

In the quest for a more optimistic analogy for the Internet of Things, I suggest we take a look at nature itself. Our living world has been around for millions of years, a good reason to trust its efficiency and sustainability mechanisms. What can we learn from it?

NewsWorks Staff: Internet of Things' concept is a little frightening and very enticing

NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller interviews WHYY reporter Elizabeth Fiedler about the "Internet of Things." NewsWorks Staff: In terms of the scariness, I guess any new technology that allows you to collect that much data from that many things has some weird possibilities. Anything can be used for good or ill, I guess, so it's something to keep an eye on. The "Internet of Things" can be described in two ways -- exciting and perhaps a little scary. WHYY reporter Elizabeth Fiedler joined NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to break down the concept.

The 3rd International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT2012) will be held in Wuxi, China on October 24-26, 2012.

Wuxi is a city that has more than 2,000 years of history and has a population of more than 6 million. Wuxi city is located some 45 minutes by train north west of Shanghai. The city has been named the "Sensing China Center" since the year 2008 and is one of the leading centers of IoT related research and industry in China. The conference IoT2012 will be held in the Wuxi InterContinental hotel,

Major Standards Development Organizations Agree on a Global Initiative for M2M Standardization

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France - 17 January 2012. Major Standards Development Organizations (the "SDOs"*) -- ARIB, ATIS, CCSA, ETSI, TIA, TTA, and TTC -- recognize that M2M services often rely upon communications networks for connectivity between the myriad of devices in the field and the M2M application servers, and have identified the need for a common cost-efficient, easily and widely available M2M Service Layer, which can be readily embedded within various hardware and software.

Council Interview with Alicia Asín Pérez

Alicia Asín Pérez is Gerente / CEO of Libelium

Council: From proximity marketing to agriculture, from home security to ad hocnetworks for earthquakes. Is it not complex to cover so many different content domains? Do you feel you need specialized knowledge to operate in certain domains?
Alicia Asín Pérez: All those applications seem different, but we always approach them from the point of view of monitoring a parameter in order to make better decissions.

Council Interview with Björn Anderseck

Björn Anderseck is project manager from smaRTI, a project that seeks to simplify the implementation of smart reusable transport items (RTIs).
Council: In the RFID Journal "Every supply chain partner," you explain, "would know the exact location of the goods, in which process step they are, and if the goods are in the front store or in the back room." To what extent does this process entails the enduser?
Björn Anderseck: The enduser has currently of course no insight in the logistical processes. He´s is also not always interested in a logistical process behind the products he wants to buy.

Entry Nr 8: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : brXerland

brXerland: It would be just and very nice to know that at any given time an  individual has the right to view the entirety or part of the data that is available on him/her -- who or what has entered (t)his/her data (and when) -- who or what has consulted his/her data (and when), who or what has modified his/her data (and when) -- to add and amend his/her data, and to know that fundamentally it is his/her sole property ownership, this data. (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights) It is impossible to imagine data disappearing or vanishing with out the entire internet or substantially large parts of it being rendered inert in an internet of things scenario. No?

Charalampos Doukas: IOT, Cloud and Jelastic

Blog Jelastic: Charalampos Doukas, author of Arduino, Sensors and the Cloud: "In the last few decades, especially in the last 10 years, the ability to not only tag and monitor but also control uniquely identifiable objects has grown at a tremendous pace. Everything generates data, from natural networks to human networks to computer networks. Up until recently, it really wasn’t possible to keep track of all this data and then on top of that, actually do something with it. This new, all encompassing network—The Internet of Things (IoT)—is now possible due to the emergence of Cloud computing.

UK: Preparatory studies will help develop ‘Internet of Things’ applications and services

Preparatory studies will help develop ‘Internet of Things’ applications and services: "Ten British companies are to receive up to £50,000 each to undertake preparatory studies to better understand how to move towards an application and services marketplace in the ‘Internet of Things’. This is the first investment in a government-backed initiative, managed by the Technology Strategy Board, aimed at encouraging and accelerating the formation of an Internet of Things ecosystem of applications and services.

Entry Nr 7: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Iskander Smit

Iskander Smit: The Panopticon; to a city of trust via empathic products

A very nice challenge to think of a possible future based on the ideas of the Panopticon. I like to think and maybe dream a bit on a possible and likeable future that is shaped around this concept. I share the worries of an evolution to the Panopticon due to the connected world we transform into, maybe just partly deliberately, and also not only driven by governments, but especially by the big four platforms of data services (Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon) that build this to control the use of our devices.

Entry Nr 6: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Rolf Weber

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber, University of Zurich: "Panopticon and Footsteps

Bentham’s Panopticon designs a type of building allowing the „controller“ to observe inmates  without enabling them to find out whether or not they are being watched. However, the virtual world of today cannot only be described with the Panopticon since the manifold privacy risks exceed the famous  Orwellian„big brother is watching you“. Moreover, the problem of traces in the Internet causes major concerns:

Entry Nr 5: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Brian Sherwood Jones

Brian Sherwood Jones: The Panopticon question: "The current Web 2.0 has massive shortfalls in privacy and security - to a large extent representing the end of anonymity and privacy. Is IoT proposing to make good this technical debt as well as provide the end-to-end information assurance necessary for IoT applications to work with privacy, security, safety, accuracy, timeliness etc.? The issue is not one of 'things' but the funding and control of the infra-structure.

International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition and Management in the Internet of Things (KAMIoT 2012)
in conjunction with IEE IUCC-2012 June 25-27, 2012 Liverpool, UK

The Internet of Things provides a promising vision of the future world where the virtual world of information technology integrates seamlessly with the real world of things. It is regarded as an ideal platform for people, as well as smart things, to communicate easily with each other not only in business and industries but also in our daily scenarios.

Council Interview with Gert Dam from IMBU.MOBI

Gert Dam is co-owner and managing director at IMBU.MOBI. The company provides iPad based asset monitoring where aggregation and internationalization (Russian, Chinese, Kazakh and English are supported) are the keywords.

Council: Can you briefly say how you got into this field? Gert Dam: I am co-owner of a service company operating in Central Asia in the Oil and Gas industry. Many of the Oil and Gas operators in this region are managing a large number of different assets scattered throughout large, empty geographical areas.


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