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.

Rob Matheson: Catching (radio) waves, ThingMagic

Source: "ThingMagic's product line of embedded ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader modules, which include (from left) the Mercury5e-Compact, the Mercury5e, the Mercury6e, and the Micro. The Mercury6e, released in 2011, for instance, is a high-power, four-port, UHF module that's able to read up to 750 tags per second, up to 30 feet away, and is small enough for use in mobile applications. In 2000, five MIT Media Lab alumni co-founded ThingMagic to help bring radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology — wireless readers and data-transmitting tags — to the supply chain.


D.J. Walker-Morgan: Node-RED’s cool GUI for the Internet of Things

Source: "There’s usually a lot of connecting of things involved with making the Internet of Things do something useful. Whether it be detecting messages on Twitter, listening to IRC, watching a Websocket or grabbing a web page, each source then needs to be processed and if required make something happen. Now, you can write a lot of code to do that or you can check out Node-RED. Billing itself as a “Visual tool for connecting the Internet of Things”, Node-RED is built atop of Node.js and offers a graphical world of IoT building blocks in the browser for you to wire up as needed and test. Read more about D.J. Walker-Morgan: Node-RED’s cool GUI for the Internet of Things



Umbrellium: participatory products and services that empower people to transform their cities,

Source: "Early next year, all the disparate connected devices measuring and recording conditions in tiny areas around the world – the “Internet of Things” – will be searchable thanks to a Google-like engine called Thingful. You can get an idea of the size of this network by looking at Thingful’s world map, which is gorgeous but will probably be too small to be legible in most areas before long. Though the benefit of this Search Engine of Things to the average individual may not immediately be palpable, Read more about Umbrellium: participatory products and services that empower people to transform their cities,



Ross Yu & Thomas Watteyne: Low-Power wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things

Source: "The Internet of Things revolution is upon us, and by the year 2020, there will be over 30 billion connected things in the world. With the world’s population increasing and resources becoming more precious, this interconnection promises to supply real-world data to drive higher efficiencies and to streamline business practices. With the wide acceptance of Internet Protocol (IP), it is becoming easier to process data and make meaningful use of information. Read more about Ross Yu & Thomas Watteyne: Low-Power wireless sensor networks for the Internet of Things



Jeffrey Thompson: Why the Internet of Things is ready now.

Source: „You are driving home when you receive an alert from your printer to pick up some ink, since it is running out. While picking up the printer ink, you receive an alert from your wine cellar to pick up that pinot noir, because it is on sale at the store across the street and it would go well with your dinner selection for this weekend’s dinner party. All of this would take place because you have a smart printer, several sensors in your house, one of which is located in your cellar, and they all have access to your calendar as well as your location in real time via your smartphone. Read more about Jeffrey Thompson: Why the Internet of Things is ready now.



Larry Page: „Eventually you'll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer."

In a patent application made public in November, Google's (GOOG) Motorola Mobility branch proposed an "electronic skin tattoo" for the throat -- with a built-in microphone, battery and wireless transceiver -- that would let someone operate other devices via voice commands.When asked, Google said it often seeks patents on employee brainstorms and that, while "some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don't." Read more about Larry Page: „Eventually you'll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer."



designswarm: A very merry internet of things Christmas

 
Source: "It’s that time of the year where people try to connect their Christmas lights to the internet.
 
 
This used to be a rather maker-based endeavour but it’s taken on new heights with the past year’s corporate interest in the topic.
 
 
So here are the top 5 connected Christmas lights projects."


Connected Cars in IoT can have all kinds of meanings:

Parking Panda: "Cars have been at the forefront of the sharing economy since Uber launched. But did you know you can become micro-entrepreneur by selling the unused space in your driveway? Nick Miller launched Parking Panda in Baltimore in 2011 as a matchmaker app for empty parking spaces and drivers who need places to park. Initially, the company used a peer-to-peer model, allowing people to sell driveway space. Now it’s grown to include unused spaces in privately owned garages in more than 25 cities across the U.S. Read more about Connected Cars in IoT can have all kinds of meanings:



Patrick Harding: But just what does a thing having an identity mean?

Source: "Things would have no problem remembering passwords like "jH6Gf!e6Bf@." But even for things, passwords are less than ideal. It is easy enough to say that, in the Internet of Things, things will have identities. (It must be easy because every identity management vendor appears to be saying it). Toothbrushes, toasters, jet engines, HVAC units -- each will all have an identity. But just what does a thing having an identity mean? To explore that, let’s think about what having an online identity means for ourselves. Read more about Patrick Harding: But just what does a thing having an identity mean?



Internet of Things Meetup in Ghent starting January 17, aligned with sociotal.eu

This group wants to flush out Internet of Things projects in Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Brussels in order to create synergies and interoperability of levels of infrastructure. It also wants to bring in endusers into this process. It is aligned with the FP 7 Project Sociotal.eu that is aiming at building an ecosystem of citizen centric services. Its pilot cities are Novi Sad and (Smart) Santander. There are three main groups of stakeholders in the Sociotal.eu project that we want to reach:


Stefano Polidori: ITU Workshop on Internet of Things

The ITU is organizing a Workshop on “Internet of Things – Trends and Challenges in Standardization” in Geneva, Switzerland, on 18 February 2014. The workshop will be collocated with the IoT Global Standards Initiative (IoT-GSI), 19-25 February 2014. The key objectives of the workshop are to assemble IoT experts from industry, government and academia, and to explore the status of various standards initiatives in IoT and machine-to-machine communications (M2M) at ITU as well as other standards developing organizations (SDOs). Read more about Stefano Polidori: ITU Workshop on Internet of Things



Iot Forum: IoT Week 2014, London June 16-20

The IoT Forum is delighted to announce that next year’s IoT Week will be hosted in London between Monday 16th June and Friday 20th June at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel located in the heart of the city. IoT Week originated in European IoT Research Cluster to become the pre-eminent event attracting industry and academia from around the world. Building on the successes of Helsinki, Venice and Barcelona, next year’s event continues the journey, bringing focus to the emerging opportunities Read more about Iot Forum: IoT Week 2014, London June 16-20



Thorsten Kramp, Rob van Kranenburg, Sebastian Lange: Introduction to the Internet of Things

Source: "The expression “Internet of Things” (IoT), coined back in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, the British technology pioneer who cofounded the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is becoming more and more mainstream. In opening the IoT Week 2013 with a pre-recorded video message, Ashton insisted on the realization that IoT is here now; it is not the future but the present. While Gartner identifies IoT as one of the top ten strategic technology trends, Cisco forecasts Read more about Thorsten Kramp, Rob van Kranenburg, Sebastian Lange: Introduction to the Internet of Things



Tom McKay: What is the "Internet Of Things?"

Source: ...."But should we want it? Corporations and technology evangelists approach the world as a discrete set of problems that can be solved in maximally efficient, convenient ways, and these successes will come with a variety of trade-offs. In these hyper-connected systems, the gatekeepers hold all the power.

How comfortable would consumers be, for example, with granting Google and Facebook access to minute details of their day-to-day interactions with everyday objects? How secure will these systems be from prying eyes? Read more about Tom McKay: What is the "Internet Of Things?"



Bosch establishes internet-of-things unit

Source: "Robert Bosch, which has been driving the internet-of-things trend, is establishing a separate unit to make devices and objects talk to each other. The company, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, will build compact electronic products and provide software designed to achieve connectivity across a broad range of applications. The company will focus in first instance on sensor-based applications for intelligently networked homes, but activities will also extend to traffic, transportation and logistics. Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said in a press release Read more about Bosch establishes internet-of-things unit



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