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.

Mike Anderson from The PTR Group discusses the Internet of things

Mike Anderson from The PTR Group discusses the Internet of things: "The Internet of Things Consumers increasingly want inter-operability of their devices. They want to program their DVR via their mobile phone. They want their music available everywhere. They want their television to update social networking sites. But, as developers, how do we make this possible?

China will develop the Internet of Things (IOT) industry but local governments should avoid excess investment in the sector

Source: "China will develop the Internet of Things (IOT) industry but local governments should avoid excess investment in the sector, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said Tuesday.

Coordination of the rollout of IPv6 in Germany

Based on RIPE-501 and further IPv6 profile approaches, the German government (Ministry of Interior and The Federal Office of Administration) initiated a R&D project to develop a comprehensive IPv6-Profile focused on the requirements of the public administration in Germany.

JURY: New Year Contest IoT on Panopticon

It is amazing to see how this New Year Contest could produce so rich and inspiring analyses. It is hard to distinguish the contributions, they are all different and to some extent complementary.

The Jury – consisting of Francesca Bria and Gérald Santucci – had a difficult task to perform!

International Workshop on Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things (esIoT-2012)

International Workshop on Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things (esIoT-2012) in conjunction with IEEE IMIS-2012. 4th-6th July (Palermo, Italy) co-organized by IoT6 European Project ( Publications by IEEE and several special issues and books. Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things (esIoT) is an international workshop focused on the integration aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Leo Gaggi: Mobile sensors and the “Internet of Things” in learning


Mobile sensors and the “Internet of Things” in learning, by Leo Gaggl: "With the Internet of Things slowly becoming mainstream the potential uses of this technology can also be seen in the Education sector. Read more about Leo Gaggi: Mobile sensors and the “Internet of Things” in learning

JP Vasseur on Internet of Things

JP Vasseur, a Cisco Fellow,  is part of the Engineering organization and in charge of different technologies, especially technologies related to the Internet of Things: "The Internet of Things is not about things connected to the internet, it's about reusing two decades of technologies we defined for the internet in order to connect small objects, such as sensors and actuators and enable new services. So the history of the Internet of Things is quite interesting. We've been talking about it for the past 10 years and up to 5 years ago it was very siloed, very proprietary. What changed the game dramatically was this the momentum,

Council Interview with Alexander Hille on DyCoNet

Council: "What needs to happen for „Dynamisches Container-Netzwerk“ (Dyconet) to come true?"
Alexander Hille: "The current experience in DyCoNet as a project in the air cargo sector showed, that a sufficient power supply for a GPS/GMS module with a simple communication concept and low power features can only be reached with a solar panel (200 cm²) combined with a bigger energy buffer. We evaluated other harvesting methods based on temperature differences and vibrations which we saw not as effective or too restrictive (e.g. too small bandwidth of harmonic frequencies, minimum temperature difference needed) than the mature solar harvesters.

Policies For The Future Internet, 25-27 March 2012 / Ghent / Belgium

EuroCPR is organised annually "with the ambition to contribute constructively and critically to European Information Society Policy developments. The conference addresses the use of ICT throughout society and economy as well as the evolution of the ICT and media sectors. EuroCPR uniquely brings together academia, policy makers, and industry representatives in order to facilitate systematic interaction and critical analysis of both the highest academic excellence and the maximum policy and industrial relevance.

T-Engine Forum, 'FY2011 "Tokyo Ubiquitous Technology Project in Ginza"

Ginza Mitsukoshi lends the guide terminals using smartphones. ""Tokyo Ubiquitous Technology Project" promoted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has started a new experimental service using free rental smartphones since Wednesday, February 1, 2012. In collaboration with "kokosil(R) Ginza," the information site for the town of Ginza, this service provides the information on the stores, facilities, tourist spots, events in Ginza, etc. in multiple languages.

Call for Papers: Smart Applications for Smart Cities: New Approaches to Innovation

The Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research is planning a special issue on Smart Applications for Smart Cities: New Approaches to Innovation. "Cities are complex, networked and continuously changing social ecosystems, shaped and transformed through the interaction of different interests and ambitions. Ensuring employment, sustainable development, inclusion and quality of life are important concerns. Infrastructures of cities, addressing these concerns, comprise a diversity of services such as healthcare, energy, education, environmental management, transportation and mobility, public safety.

Rudolf Van der Berg : basic building block of the Internet of Things

Rudolf Van der Berg of the OECD’s Science, Technology and Industry Directorate: "Look around you for a second and count the number of electronic devices, machines and gadgets. All of them – light bulbs, cars, TVs, digital cameras, refrigerators, stereos, cranes, beds – will be connected to the Internet over the next 15 years, if they aren’t already. This is the potential of the “Internet of Things”: billions and billions of devices and their components connected to one another via the Internet. 50 billion devices by 2020, according to companies like Ericsson.

OECD (2012), “Machine-to-Machine Communications: Connecting Billions of Devices”, OECD Digital Economy Papers, No. 192,

"For large-scale automobile makers, smart metering initiatives, central governments, and consumer electronics companies and maybe even cities a move towards becoming wholesale customers, may overcome some drawbacks evident with current market structures. The reasons why this has not happened yet are in part because MNOs have not felt compelled by competition or opportunities for growth to offer such services.

Announcement of the First FI-WARE Open Call for additional beneficiaries

The FI-WARE project, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research and technological development, announces its First Open Call for new project partners.

FI-WARE will deliver a novel service infrastructure, building upon elements (called Generic Enablers - GEs) which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop Future Internet Applications in multiple sectors.

EU IoT: Compilation of 3 teasers and the Internet of Things movie (3mn).

The Internet of Things: "By 2020, between 22 and 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, providing citizens with an unprecedented array of smart applications and services. Europe is confronted with the challenge of remaining at the cutting-edge of this Internet of Things revolution while addressing the complex policy issues that it raises (privacy, security, ethics)."

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