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.

Gail Overton: Photonics and the Internet of Things

Source: “In our 2015 Annual Laser Market Review & Forecast (to be published in the January 2015 issue of Laser Focus World), we discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it will benefit the bottom line of photonics and laser companies worldwide. It turns out that this catch phrase for an Internet-connected smart society has been gaining momentum for decades--long before the advent of the Internet and the interconnectedness that it enables. A recent Forbes magazine article looks at the history of IoT, with references back to 1932 of how technology would enable be the mechanical 'slave' of the future that would control our


Mark Wilson: Ignore Qualcomm's excitement, the Internet of Things hasn’t arrived in homes



Source: “The future is here! We are actually living in the future. The futuristic sci-fi imaginings of the 1960's are not only a reality, they have been bettered, exceeded and trumped. At least that's what we're led to believe. The reality is rather different. A lot of excitement has been pinned on the Internet of Things -- little more than connected, communicating devices -- but Qualcomm is taking things even further. In a video released ahead of CES 2015, the chipmaker waxes lyrical about not the Internet of Things we're supposed to know and love, but the Internet of Everything.


Amit S. Upadhye: While Modi dreams of smart cities, IISc pitches for smart villages

Source: “The study has already caught the attention of Union minister, Ananth Kumar, who has reportedly agreed to take the project forward if the pilot is successful. Picture for representation purpose only
Bengaluru: If Prime Minister Narendra Modi dreams of creating smart cities in the country, researchers of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have outsmarted  him and gone a step ahead. They are trying to create a ‘Smart Grama’ or  smart village to bridge the rural- urban divide.  
A survey of eight villages under the Ragi Hosahalli Gram Panchayat


DDA plans smart city, flats for senior citizens in 2015

Source: “A smart "world-class" city in Dwarka, exclusive apartments for senior citizens, a financial hub, electric buses for Delhi and erecting the city's tallest building are among DDA's major plans this year. The 'smart city' envisioned by DDA will be a complete sub-city, which would be located in an area of 20-24 hectares, zoned out of Dwarka, Rohini and Narela, and will be equipped with latest technologies and waste-management techniques
 
...However, sources said that the project is in a "very primitive stage" as of now and has "not reached the drawing board yet".


John Nelson: Imec prints sub-one volt RFID chip on flexible plastic

Source: “Imec has announced a breakthrough in the race to develop RFID chips to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). On 17 December, it unveiled a thin-film transistor (TFT) circuit mounted on a 25µ thick foil. The chip operates off just 0.55V, consuming 0.25µW of power. Its developers at the Belgium-based research centre estimate that this means a single AAA battery could power it for more than 20 years. The likely application for the low power drawing RFID chip will in the IoT, as a cheap wireless communication component relaying data from a discrete sensor. In this application its flexibility and low-cost - once


Anders Bylund: Has Texas Instruments Cracked the Self-Powered Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things, also known as IoT, is all about putting sensors, computing power, and networking everywhere. Some places are very difficult to populate with silicon chips because there's no good way to supply the necessary electric power. That puts a damper on the growth of IoT devices. Why bother to build the data-crunching machinery if there's no reliable power source?
 
This familiar logo might soon be plastered all over a new category of devices. Source: Texas Instruments.


Robyn Beck: Internet's only just begun to run your life

Source: “Plugging everyday items onto the Internet is expected to be an expanding trend at this year's CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which opens Tuesday in Las Vegas.  "Things like your toothbrush or your door locks or other objects around your workplace or home" are all getting censors and being plugged onto the Internet, says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist for the Consumer Electronics Association which puts on CES. DuBravac says last year was a turning point in this trend, known as "The Internet of Things." And this year, he says, there are more such objects than ever. "For example, Adidas has a connected soccer ball ... and will measure your kick," DuBravac says.


Suzanne Kattau: Internet of Things will drive biometrics into mainstream

Source: “In 2015, the cloud will eclipse legacy infrastructure and context-driven security will take center stage. Also, biometrics will go mainstream and natural user interfaces (UIs) will evolve at a fast rate, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). This is all according to Andre Durand, CEO of Ping Identity Corporation, a provider of single sign-on and identity management software.
Durand’s predictions about emerging technologies are all part of our second annual Technology Predictions series in which industry experts share their predictions with us about the hot tech trends that they think


Erik Post: Discovering the Internet of Things

Source: “The beginning of a inflection point for law, business and technology is staring at us. The Internet of Things has quickly become a new frontier for technology vendors to explore, the corporate world to consider, and the legal community to fear. What is the IoT? Everyday objects—such as household appliances, light bulbs, coffee machines, automobiles, personal devices and health devices— that have network connectivity and can send and receive data without human interaction. A simple example: The Nest thermostat that can "learn" your heating and cooling preferences and then adjust them automatically. Today there are around 10 billion Internet-connected devices in the world.


Paul Weichselbaum: Who Provides Tech Support for the Internet of Things?

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a funny phenomenon. While the phrase connotes “interconnectedness,” the truth is that these new gadgets, applications, interfaces, and systems aren’t nearly as interconnected as we expect them to be.
Think about it. Why do we have these “things”? We want our lives to be easier; we have connected “things” to gain control and convenience. “Things” allow us to do something, achieve multiple tasks and glean useful, actionable information. They allow us to shop, research, activate,


Jemima Kiss: IFTTT: ' We're building an intelligence layer for the internet of things'

Source: “Could 2015 be the year that IFTTT goes mainstream? IFTTT, or If This Then That, has become part of the internet furniture for many in the tech community, becoming the default way to connect one internet service to another.
If you’d like to get a text reminder to take an umbrella if rain is forecast, or automatically save your Instagram pictures to Dropbox, or post a scheduled message to Twitter on New Years Eve - then IFTTT is for you. Or, if you prefer, there’s a recipe that will automatically phone you when you arrive in New York and play Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind. 


Geoff Webb: Why 2015 will be the year of the Internet of Things

Source: “We’ve been talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) for what feels like years now.  Yet the reality is that while it’s quickly starting to dominate technology conversations, it’s still a new and not broadly understood trend. 
 
According to research analyst group IDC, the worldwide IoT market will increase 133 per cent to $3.04 trillion in 2020 while the number of IoT-connected units will reach approximately 30 billion in 2020. The forecast predicts vendors, service providers and systems integrators will have to find ways to integrate products and solutions in order to be successful in the market.


Jennifer LeClaire: Internet of Things Growing Despite Privacy Concerns

Source: “Chances are, you’ll hear a lot more about the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2015 -- and it might not all be good. Although IoT is clearly gaining momentum, consumers are concerned about privacy and security.
Nearly 65 percent of American consumers are moderately or extremely interested in adopting smart home solutions, according to new research from the Internet of Things Consortium (IoTC). And 71 percent of those consumers buy smart home products and services based on word-of-mouth referrals from people they trust or in-store employee recommendations.


Internet of Things will Dominate 2015 International CES

Source: “The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)  announced that the 2015 International CES—taking place January 6-9, Las Vegas, NV— will feature the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the “Internet of Things” (IoT), with more than 900 exhibitors planning to share innovations that harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices. "The IoT is the hottest topic in tech right now,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “It’s all about the opportunity to connect everyday items  like cars, home security systems


Michael Krigsman: Schneider Electric: Digital transformation, internet of things, sustainability, and operational technology

Source: “Schneider Electric is in the midst of transforming itself from a supplier of components and industrial parts to a broader technology company. This new face of Schneider Electric includes focus areas such as internet of things (IoT), sustainability, and the convergence (PDF download) of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).
At the same time, the company faces marketing challenges because it owns many worldwide brands but does not possess consumer-level


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