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.

"IoT sans frontieres" - "The Internet of Things without borders"

"IoT sans frontieres" - "The Internet of Things without borders" is the motto of the IoT International Forum, recently launched by The Internet of Things Initiative (IoT-i) in conjunction with CASAGRAS2, the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) and Wuxi SensingNet, and with the support of the European Commission.

Pier Luigi Capucci: The Internet of Things from the user’s perspective

Pier Luigi Capucci: The Internet of Things from the user’s perspective: "We were asked to consider the Internet of Things (IoT) from the user’s viewpoint. Well, my viewpoint is exactly this, since I’m neither a company director nor a software coder or a hardware creator. From an user’s viewpoint I think we are undergoing a big transformation.

Gerald Santucci: The many opportunities and challenges of the Internet of Things

Gérald Santucci, DG INFSO, Head of unit: Networked Enterprise and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): "The number of devices connected to and by the Internet is expected to range between 16 and 50 billion in 2020, depending on the definition of ‘device’ that is retained. Fleet and freight management, security/surveillance, transport and mobility, vending/payment terminals, smart metering and grids, industrial processes, etc.

P. Krishna: The Next Generation of RFID - securing our world

The Next Generation of RFID - securing our world: "Version 2 of the international UHF RFID standard is about to be come reality. It's all about talk between tag and reader. The communication of captured tag data by the reader over to the network side is protected by secure network protocols like TLS and is not of concern.

14.11.2011, Ljubljana - Living bits and things 2011

Living bits and things Agenda: "According to different sources there will be over fifty billion devices connected to Internet in 2020. In fact, three years ago the number of devices connected to Internet overpassed number of people connected. This growth is more or less going to happen. Yet the question is "Are we ready to take advantage of all these devices, connections and data?".

David Glance: The Internet of Things – this is where we’re going

The Internet of Things – this is where we’re going: "In one vision of the future, every “thing” is connected to the internet. This “Internet of Things” will bring about revolutionary change in how we interact with our environment and, more importantly, how we live our lives.

Mirko Presser: IOT Comic Book

Mirko Presser: "About a year ago, I started working on a – then new – European project called the Internet of Things Initiative (IoT-i) on a topic that was supposed to find strategically important IoT applications. We managed to gather about 150 application scenarios, short texts describing an IoT application in a situation. Quite diverse material and mainly from other European projects – past and present.

Paul Didier: Manufacturers, and particularly car makers, will be driving the Internet of Things

Paul Didier: "...Manufacturers, and particularly car makers, will be driving the Internet of Things (IoT) by incorporating standard networks into their machines. 

I also indicated that evolving the standards is going to be critical to that adoption.

Alex Williams : The Megatrend of Our Time is the Internet of Things and Connected Devices

Alex Williams: "Mary Meeker at the Web 2.0 Summit, makes the point that the mega-trend of the 21st Century is the empowerment of people through connected, mobile devices.  Her focus is on smartphones. My view:  The megatrend of our times is connected devices and the Internet of Things. Mary Meeker puts most of her focus on the growth of smartphone shipments; mobile search; mobile advertising;

Helen Le Voi: how do you design user centred experiences that work for the Internet of Things

Council: Could you explain briefly what Smarcos is?

Helen Le Voi: Smarcos is a three-year, €14m Artemis funded research project involving 17 partners across seven countries in Europe. The project partners are drawn from various backgrounds including major corporations, research bodies and SMEs such as Indra, Nokia, Philips and Fjord.

Council Interview with Cecile Crutzen on Ambient Intelligence and Internet of Things

Dr. Dipl.-Math. Cecile K. M. Crutzen, is Associate Professor  School of Informatics, Open Universiteit Nederland and Domain coordinator of "People, Computer, Society": " The Internet of things will change in the future our environment. In the same way as cars have changed our infrastructure, the government should take more and more the role of a pioneer to establish "traffic rules and laws " for the internet of things. At the moment governments are incident driven.

The Era of Objects (Blowup Reader 3)

'The Era of Objects' is the third in a series of Blowup readers. It collects several essays exploring the future of objects, beyond the clichéd fantasy of the flying car. The scope of this reader is purposefully broad. The things that we use and how they are networked and attuned to us and our surroundings is a huge subject. The writers who have contributed to this e-Book approach the Internet of Things, design fiction, product design, speculative design

14th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, Bucharest, Romania - May 23-25, 2012

This session considers the opportunity provided by the conjunction of several realities. The concept of “intelligent” products is now widespread. This concept's rapid development is mainly due to the fact that, over the last decade, the increasing growth of embedded technologies (e.g., RFID, smart cards, wireless communication),

A Discussion Paper on IoT for the research institute for Internet & society in Berlin

The Institute: The Internet and related technologies significantly transform our society, which implies enormous potential as well as indisputable challenges. Following the announcement by Eric Schmidt on February 16th, 2011, the research institute for Internet & society in Berlin is currently being bootstrapped

Very short notice: October 6 event: The first Internet of Things NYC Meetup

The first Internet of Things NYC Meetup. Join fellow Internet of Things enthusiasts from the NYC community for talks from industry luminaries, pitches from product developers, and some great food and drink. Come with ideas and questions!   Talks will be given by:

  • - Usman Haque, Founder of Pachube
  • - Leif Percifield, Developer of


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