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.

Eric Lundquist: Mashing stuff up in the Internet of Things

Eric Lundquist: "Tim Durniak is IBM's CTO for the Public Sector and is deeply involved in the company's Smarter Cities projects... Durniak noted that the technology trends sweeping the private sector including mash-up applications, cloud computing and big data analysis are also key developments in taking the smarter city concepts from idea to reality. Read more about Eric Lundquist: Mashing stuff up in the Internet of Things



Diane Ackerman: Botanicalls: Flowers and Plants, Gardens and Gardening, social networking, Text Messaging

Botanicalls opens a new channel of communication between plants and humans, in an effort to promote successful inter-species understanding. The Botanicalls project is fundamentally about communication between plants and people. Read more about Diane Ackerman: Botanicalls: Flowers and Plants, Gardens and Gardening, social networking, Text Messaging



Juan Dalmasso: Argentine entrepreneur developing low-cost home automation system

Source: "Argentine Lucas Funes designed a home automation system for his final project when he was studying electronics in 2004, but it ended up going far beyond that. The project became a focus for EnOrbitas, a local incubator, and he launched a start-up with his brother Gonzalo in his garage. Read more about Juan Dalmasso: Argentine entrepreneur developing low-cost home automation system



Marina Garcia-Vasquez : the Plant-in City art installation

"Carlos Gomez de Llarena, a media architect from Med44, says that Plant-it City was inspired by the Internet of Things as well as Archigram's Plug-in City, where mega structures of capsules for living could be grown on demand. The Plant-it project's namesake is in honor of this concept. He says, "our project makes it possible to have a miniature Highline Park in a loft." Read more about Marina Garcia-Vasquez : the Plant-in City art installation



IoT Week Venice: Working Group Societal at IoT Forum (IoT-i)

The Internet of Things is a horizontal operation that will influence and change society like the book and the web has done. The difference is that this time many stakeholders are involved in shaping it: traditional policymakers and innovators, big industry and startup SME, philosophers and designers and an evergrowing group of individual actors with web and cheap hardware tools. Read more about IoT Week Venice: Working Group Societal at IoT Forum (IoT-i)



Dorkbotsheffield #5

This month’s presenters: MzTEK is a London based organisation which provides a learning community in technology and arts for women. They will be talking about how they got started, the kinds of things they get up to and how they’d like to spread the word outside London. They will also be running a fun intro to Arduino workshop for women the following day. Stretchyboy (aka Martyn Eggleton) will present the “Steam Punk Organ” collaborative project, Read more about Dorkbotsheffield #5



MARCEL News: CyPosium: call for proposals ends 15 June 2012

On 12 Octo­ber 2012, a cyber­for­mance sym­po­sium will be hosted by UpStage, the Water­wheel Tap and inde­pen­dent cyber­form­ers, to dis­cuss online per­for­mances with artists, researchers and inter­ested par­tic­i­pants. Ques­tions we would like to tackle in the CyPo­sium include: What dif­fer­ent kinds of events hap­pened? What did they make pos­si­ble? What was spe­cial about the event? Read more about MARCEL News: CyPosium: call for proposals ends 15 June 2012



OpenIoT Project: Systems Integrator's Survey

Systems Integrator's Survey: The OpenIoT Project will make it simple to use sensors in ICT-based services, by creating an open middleware framework for cloud-based Internet-Connected Objects and Sensing-as-a-Service.  The applications that this could enable are innumerable. OpenIoT is a top-ranked European research project run by highly qualified technical researchers reaching out to the business community. Read more about OpenIoT Project: Systems Integrator's Survey



Glenn Allmendnger: When Are We Going To Get This Internet of Things Right?

"The paradox that we’re currently facing is that what’s driving us is actually slowing us down. Grandiose visions of solving the energy crisis, universal access to clean water and embedded customer intimacy are driving untold amounts of energy into the field. The problem is that without putting the right forces into play, these investments will hardly be worthwhile." Read more about Glenn Allmendnger: When Are We Going To Get This Internet of Things Right?



International Internet of Things Event, June 6, Eindhoven

IoT event: IoT is hot. "All over the world new initiatives start to offer Internet of Things products and services, but there are many obstacles to be taken before the business case becomes realistic and succesful. Still Internet of Things is very much a technology driven activity applied by hard- and software developers, whereby competing technologies offer different solutions with unclear business cases. Read more about International Internet of Things Event, June 6, Eindhoven



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

No borders for research, collaboration and our joint vision, a united Internet of Things fostering business, societal development, knowledge, innovation and growth.

The IoT International Forum is a one-stop shop for actors to come together from both the global IoT community and from domains which could benefit from IoT. Read more about "IoT sans frontieres" - “The Internet of Things without borders”



Working Document from the Open Internet of Things Assembly

Open IoT Assembly, June 16-17, London:  "We want to build a trust network in which citizens, developers, businesses and cities can contribute to a sustainable data future via an open data delivery and discoverability framework.
    •    We believe that data generated from public space (not governed by other statutes) should be made available for use. Read more about Working Document from the Open Internet of Things Assembly



Dr. Robert Kahn: CNRI "Handle System" & IPv6: Two good room-mates for IoT

Dr. Robert Kahn: "The Internet of Things clearly represents a new generation of devices and applications, some people may think it would be better to begin from scratch and create a new architectural model. Although this may look attractive at first glance, such a proposal has a number of known issues: Read more about Dr. Robert Kahn: CNRI "Handle System" & IPv6: Two good room-mates for IoT



Chris Weiss: Knut internet-connected sensor keeps you in the know via email

Knut internet-connected sensor keeps you in the know via email: "Our lives a very connected these days. You can check in on friends and family, your car and your home within seconds by typing a few words and pushing a few buttons. Despite this, there are still many pieces that remain cut off from our networks by physical space. The Knut sensor hub aims to connect a few more of those pieces. Read more about Chris Weiss: Knut internet-connected sensor keeps you in the know via email



Antonio F. Skarmeta: Presentations from Seminar Internet of Things (IoT) and Future Internet (FI) Architecture

The main goal of this seminar was to highlight various aspects of IoT architecture and how it should map to the FI. It is expected this mapping will lead to major challenges associated with addressing/identity, ID/Locator approaches, and as the openness and ubiquity features of the FI will present different horizontal challenges to offer a suitable support for security, privacy and trust. Read more about Antonio F. Skarmeta: Presentations from Seminar Internet of Things (IoT) and Future Internet (FI) Architecture



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