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.

Rosa Trieu: China Helps Internet Of Things Startup Ayla Raise $14.5M

Source: "You may soon be able to use your smartphone to track how much water you’ve used in your home, check your insulin level or get a text when a smoke alarm goes off when you’re away.
Ayla Networks, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider focused on connecting devices to its cloud platform, announced today that it has closed a $14.5 million Series B financing round with new investments from Cisco and SAIF Partners, one of China’s largest venture capital firms. Other investors in this round included the International Finance Corporation

Sally Davies: Who will be the Google of the internet of things?

Source: „Fridges that talk, watches that listen and thermostats that learn your secret domestic habits: these are some of the most visible examples of the so-called “internet of things” (or “IoT” for aficionados). Cisco, the global computing hardware group, is a big supporter of IoT. It announced yesterday that it was increasing its investment in early-stage companies in the sector to $250m over two to three years, up from the $100m it announced in January. It also unveiled three minority investments:

Ben van Lier: New industrial revolution calls for network-centric approach

Source: "During the opening of the Hannover Messe trade fair on 6 April, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte suggested in his speech that the German evolution to Industries 4.0 also meant a revolution for Dutch industry: “A revolution in which the classic industrial production and sales operations are becoming increasingly intertwined with delivering full-service and network thinking in the entire production process. Across borders. Product and price continue to be important, but are increasingly less all-determining for business success. Read more about Ben van Lier: New industrial revolution calls for network-centric approach

Mark Littlewood: This year, the “IoT Week” is being held in the UK – in London the week beginning the 16th June.

Source: „This year, the “IoT Week” is being held in the UK – in London the week beginning the 16th June. This also coincides with London Technology Week. We are very keen to see a large turnout from the IoT SIG membership. There are only a few days left to take advantage of an Early Bird registration. Tickets are priced at just €299.00 until Monday the 5th May. This covers entrance and refreshments for workshops, seminars and exhibition for three days.

Mike Loukides: Toward an Open Internet of Things

Source: „Mike Loukides says it's time to stop nibbling around the notion of standards, interoperability, and the Internet of Things. "It's time to say loud and clear: we won't build the Internet of Things without open standards," he states.
It's clearly more than just a philosophical issue. The magic of the Internet of Things doesn't lie in a single device, but in what multiple devices can do when they communicate with each other. A plethora of non-connecting, proprietary devices could alienate consumers and set back adoption for

Sensus study found that utilities lose an estimated $9.6 billion every year just from leaked water.

Source: „As the smart grid infrastructure and smart meters become more ubiquitous, attention on this Earth Day is turning to implementing smart technology to help create smart cities. As cities become ever more crowded traffic and gridlock, sufficient energy production, and adequate water and food resources will challenge their infrastructures. 
According to the Smart Cities Council, “Urban populations will increase by an estimated

Mike Matchett: The Internet of Things and Beyond: 5 Things We’ll Be Tracking for a Better Tomorrow

Source: „With the incredible rise in the number of mobile devices we can also see the advent of the Internet Of Things. Every device, mobile or otherwise, that has some ability to generate an interesting stream of data is getting "sensorized" and connected. The resulting streams of big data provide a wild new frontier for intelligence mining. We at Taneja Group see this trend opening up huge opportunities to build intelligent applications that can actively optimize and direct just about any system that is dynamically programmable. Read more about Mike Matchett: The Internet of Things and Beyond: 5 Things We’ll Be Tracking for a Better Tomorrow

Paolo Barattini: MARIne environmental in-situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX

Due to growing concerns about the health of the oceans and their capacity to continue to provide resources as well as associated risks to the human health, there is an increasing demand for real-time monitoring of the environmental status of marine water quality and the provision of early warning systems.
Real-time in-situ monitoring of marine chemical contaminants (including man-made pollutants and algal toxins)

Giles Crouch: The Toilet and Its Role In the Internet of Things

Source: "Some science fiction novels have featured the ability of a toilet to sample your waste and report on your health. That may soon be a reality with the Internet of Things. While it may seem a bit, well, gross, it could be very beneficial and the new availability of sensors and the diagnostic power of software combined with cloud-based services could make it happen.
What Your Toilet Could Detect
In the very near future, sensors might be embedded in your toilet bowl. Internet of Things in Korea: present and future

Source: "Connecting physical objects through the Internet, and creating new information and business models -- it is called the Internet of Things.
Here's an example.
Footage is recorded through numerous surveillance cameras on expressways and data is collected but instead of simply having the two pieces of information relayed, the Internet is used to help connect the two, and provide authorities better control of the traffic system.
And there will be many more examples to list in the future with the concept evolving into what's called the Internet of Everything.

 Read more about Internet of Things in Korea: present and future

Don't think that just because the internet of things is new it will be welcomed with open arms by everyone, warns Will Harris.

Source: "In 2003 I took a short sabbatical from a generous O2 and wrote a book called The Rise and Rise of the Superuser. It was either a searing insight into how our society was fragmenting into two distinct groups, regardless of age, gender or class, or the delusional ramblings of a young man with an over-strong point of view. Judgment varied, depending on one’s perspective (author versus reader, perhaps).

David Stephenson: The Internet of Things: enabling the era of precision manufacturing

Source: "Remember pictures from old factories where a low-level employee roamed the factory floor on a regular schedule, writing down on a clipboard readings from gauges and other instruments? Who knows when his supervisor ever looked at the results, and what value they actually had to monitoring and optimizing performance.
Fast forward to GE’s Durathon battery factory in Schenectady, where 10,000 sensors on the assembly line — plus others embedded in each battery

Katie W. Johnson: Lack of Privacy, Security Might Hinder Future of Internet of Things, Speakers Say

Source: „The lack of privacy and security could be a major disabler for the Internet of things (IoT), speakers said April 24 at the 2014 Association of National Advertisers Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference. The IoT involves the ability of physical objects to connect to the Internet. Risks to the privacy and security of data are some of the “greatest threats” to the IoT, Christin McMeley, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Washington, said.

Rick Bouter: “What is the Internet of Things, and how can ‘I’ benefit from it?”

“What is the Internet of Things, and how can ‘I’ benefit from it?”
Studies from Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, McKinsey, Gartner, Forrester and other companies are showing us a tremendous growth in several areas in, what we call, the Internet of Things/ the Internet of Everything. The amount of connected devices is only one of the examples which we can use to explain how fast this technology is growing.

IoT Week 2014, London: Early bird registration will close 5th May.

Early Bird registration closes soon. To take advantage of a discounted rate of just €299, please register by the 5th May. The IoT Week is the pre-eminent event attracting industry and academia from around the world. Building on the successes of Helsinki '13, Venice '12 and Barcelona '11, the IoT Week London '14 continues the journey by bringing focus to the emerging opportunities, connecting the global business and research communities innovating at the boundaries of IoT, and promoting international collaboration


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