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.

Lebo Mashiloane: Internet of things creates data challenge

Source: „The Internet of things continues to accelerate the rate at which data is created, presenting challenges in how this information is protected and made readily available. So says Sumash Singh, senior manager, data protection and availability division at EMC Southern Africa. "The reality today is that South Africa's data acceleration is equivalent to what's happening in the more developed world," explains Singh. "We suddenly have an accelerated use of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Internet of things is driving rapid growth of data and allowing for many new opportunities to open up in the digital universe."

Skully and The Cricket: The Internet of Caring Things from

At heart, human beings have a set of unchanging, fundamental needs and wants. Just a few:
Physical health
Mental wellbeing
Safety and security
Connection to loved ones
Consumers will lavish love and attention on products, services and experiences that unlock new ways to serve these (and other) imperatives.
In 2014, then, consumers will embrace a network of connected objects that does just that. An INTERNET OF CARING THINGS.

Payam Barnaghi@: special issue on Physical-Cyber-Social Computing for IEEE Computer

The final submission due is 1 September 2014. If you are interested to submit an article, please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 15 August 2014  
(ic3-2015 at 
Potential topics include:
   - semantics and information modeling; semantic integration, fusion, and abstraction strategies;
   - stream processing and reasoning on complex PCS data; real-time feedback control and response systems; human/event/situation-centered views of data streams;

Beverly Macy: Here's What's Important About the Internet of Things Day 2014

Source; „April 9, 2014 was the Global Internet of Things Day and people and organizations from all over gathered to talk about the next NEW thing. More than social media, more than smart phones -- and maybe because of social media and smart phones -- the Internet of Things can and will radically change our lives. Everything from smart toilets that can monitor medical conditions, to your smart refrigerator automatically ordering orange juice when you start running low, to smart forklifts that are radically reconfiguring the manufacturing value chain -- the way the world works is about to get really exciting.”

Onalytica: The Top 100 IoT Thought Leaders

Source: "We took in all Twitter conversations using the hashtags #IoT and #InternetOfThings and created a network of the top stakeholders discussing the subject. We then used PageRank analysis to identify the thought leaders at the forefront of these conversations, based on the connections and citations between the stakeholders. All stakeholders were given a value (expressed in the table below as a normalised PageRank score), which shows their relative influence within this network.Obviously, the search criteria in this case is relatively crude and this list is by no means a definitive measure of influence, at least not necessarily in the context of your own brand's aims

TheStreet: How the "Internet of Things" is Killing Capitalism

"The "Internet of things" has the potential to push large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years to come, and that will alter capitalism as we know it, says Jeremy Rifkin, author of "The Zero Marginal Cost Society".
The trend toward free sharing of information and entertainment, plus the rise in green energy and 3-D printing will spawn a hybrid economy in years to come which will be part capitalist market and part "Collaborative Commons"."

Michael Sachs: CeDEM-Asia-2014, the international Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Asia 2014, Hong Kong.

CeDEM-Asia-2014 hosts the following tracks:
- Social media and citizen participation
- E-government and open government
- Digital rights and Internet freedom 
- Future and emerging topics 
The conference is jointly organised by Hong Kong City University, the Danube University Krems and the University of Michigan and it is scheduled for 4-5 December 2014:

Chris Glaser: Providing the energy of things to the internet of things

Source: „Providing the ‘energy of things’ to the ‘internet of things’ is difficult. With so many things around your home or office or car, no one power source can be used for each of them.
Some can be plugged into the wall, others need to run off of batteries, and still others are not suitable for either of those power sources—these should harvest energy from the surrounding environment’s sunshine, wind, or vibrations.
TPS62740 applicationBut with all of these different power types comes one overarching need—efficiency.
With so many things to connect together, very little power should be consumed by them.

Gloria Cottafava: M2M+ Industry Summit will be held in Milan at Milanofiori Congress Centre on 19th and 20th May 2014.

M2M+ Industry Summit will be held in Milan at Milanofiori Congress Centre on 19th and 20th May 2014.
It offers two days of high level conferences and exclusive networking opportunities for a complete immersion in the M2M/IoT business.  The perfect place to share ideas, visions and interact with the most valuable M2M market segment.
The event also provides a unique one-2-one business meetings service and special programs specifically designed for M2M/IoT 

Mike Farion: Internet of Things technologies that will actually make a difference

Source: "News stories about the Internet of Things (IoT) tend to focus on fun consumer gadgets like an internet-enabled doorbell that sends audio and video to your smart phone. But the real story of the IoT will be industrial M2M connectivity. We'll be expanding our network topologies and capabilities with new technologies and billions of new devices. We'll keep existing equipment connected and communicating as well, as much of our legacy infrastructure is too complex and too valuable to be cast aside. Short term goals will include eliminating unplanned device downtime and optimizing asset performance.

Digital Universe Invaded by Sensors

Source: „Today, the average household creates enough data to fill 65 iPhones (32gb) per year. In 2020, this will grow to 318 iPhones.
EMC Corporation today announced results of the seventh EMC Digital Universe study, the only study to quantify and forecast the amount of data produced annually.
This year’s study titled “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things,” with research and analysis by IDC, reveals how the emergence of wireless technologies, smart products and software-defined businesses are playing a central role in catapulting the volume of the world’s data.

The Internet of Autonomous Things: Strong Devices, Weakly Connected

Source: "„Trends are good, but use is king. The bottom line is that you don't go far in the embedded/connected world before you see the need for autonomous behaviour, beyond simply streaming data to and receiving commands from a cloud.....Putting it all together, this is a dimension of the future Internet of Things we see coming. Strong devices, weakly connected to their cloud masters. Devices running complex, high-level code, making real decisions, and devices that continue working with or without network connectivity. This is not to say that the weak device scenarios are invalid, but the realities around network availability and use cases Read more about The Internet of Autonomous Things: Strong Devices, Weakly Connected

Council needs your help!

Dear all,
We would like to start a questionnaire in the main newspapers in the countries where you all are.
And we would like to then start a good relationship with the editor to do quick and dirty surveys on a regular basis.
Can you send this to the IT editor or general editor of the biggest newspaper in your country?
Dear Madam, Sir,
Council is the number 1 Thinktank on a topic that may have come across your desk recently, the Internet of Things. We recently set up IoTDAY with our partner Postscapes and we received a lot of feedback from citizens and not only developers and IT experts.

Michael B. Farrell: The Internet-connected home

Source: "Yes, that is your refrigerator telling you it’s out of milk, and your plant asking for water.

Welcome to the Internet of Things, or Your House is Alive, and seemingly every appliance, device and random piece of hardware is connected to the Web and waiting for you to tell it what to do. A new wave of technology using sophisticated sensors and other measuring tools is quickly turning otherwise normal household hardware such as thermostats, locks, light bulbs, and garage doors into smarter devices that can be controlled remotely via the Internet and in some cases are clever enough to learn a users’ habits and adjust themselves accordingly. Read more about Michael B. Farrell: The Internet-connected home

Meghan Neal: The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades

Source: „The internet is still reeling from the Heartbleed bug discovered this week, which ripped a hole in the popular OpenSSL encryption library that left web servers bleeding out buckets of data—and not just any data, the kind of data people had specifically taken pains to protect: private information, passwords, cryptographic keys, security certificates, and so on.
But with all eyes trained on the huge swatch of the web that was found vulnerable to the nasty bug, let's not forget that thousands of network-connected devices, the nascent Internet of Things, are also embedded with OpenSSL.


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