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.

Artyom Astafurov: Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

Source: “To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other.

Jeff John Roberts: The internet of things is here, but the rules to run it are not

Source: “The objects around us — from cars to clothes to baby monitors — are now internet-connected, and acting almost on their own. What laws do we need to control and protect ourselves when these objects act up?
The first murder through the internet of things will likely take place in 2014, police service Europol warned this month. The crime could be carried out by a pacemaker, an insulin dosage device,

Bil Snyder: Far from Silicon Valley, a big bet on the Internet of things

Source: “In Australia, a twist on grid computing paves the way to the city of the future -- and creates new opportunities for developers
Newcastle, a one-time industrial center on the east coast of Australia, is using the Internet of things to restore its faded downtown and make life easier for its 160,000 residents. Forget refrigerators that text you when you're out of milk; Newcastle’s IoT implementation is truly useful: It controls

RE.WORK: The IoT Will Be a Living Global Nervous System : Trevor Harwood

Sophie Curtis: ”Trevor Harwood is the founder and CEO of Postscapes, a company that connects a vibrant network of early adopters and industry leaders in the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape through news, insider interviews, education and trend tracking.
What is the greatest opportunity for IoT to positively impact business and society?
Put simply, the IoT will enable us to make better decisions. I think

Mark Dawson & Olivier Carmona:Why interoperability is the key to the Internet of things succeeding

Source: “The Internet of Things is picking up pace and some experts suggest that consumers are starting to see the benefits of a truly connected world. In the connected home, people initially were able to share pictures, then audio, and now video in the home – from the TV through to mobile devices.
The next step in the connected home goes beyond personal content, enriching the interaction between equipment

Strukhoff: Digging Deeper

I wrote a couple of months ago about the six rankings we've created, and how they're derived. We think the technology and socioeconomic factors we integrate into our rankings reflect many of the underlying issues facing the 103 nations we survey. For example, a high percentage of Internet connectivity and robust bandwidth implies an overall strong physical infrastructure. A low level of perceived corruption reflects strong institutions. And there is likely a strong correlation between lower levels of income disparity and higher levels of education. Read more about Strukhoff: Digging Deeper

Ben Rossi: What will make the Internet of Things work – and not burn to the ground? Will interoperability save the Internet of Things?

Source: "Next week, the Internet of Things will be a major focus for executives in the telecoms, media and technology industry at the 14th Broadband World Forum. There’s no doubt the Internet of Things is picking up pace. According to Juniper Research, smart home revenues will reach a global market value of $71 billion by 2018. And, with Google paying £1.9 billion for smart thermostat provider Read more about Ben Rossi: What will make the Internet of Things work – and not burn to the ground? Will interoperability save the Internet of Things?

Katherine R. H. Gasztonyi: Data Protection Officials Adopt Internet of Things Declaration and Big Data Resolution

Source: „At the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Mauritius this week, representatives of the private sector and academia joined together to discuss the positive changes and attendant risks that the internet of things and big data may bring to daily life. Attendees memorialized the observations and conclusions of their discussions in a Declaration on the Internet of Things and a Resolution on Big Data.

Alex Fink: OKcast Episode #19 – Sensor Journalism and Citizen Science with Lily Bui

Akex Fink: "In Episode 19 of the podcast, I talk with Lily Bui, a researcher and journalist exploring what she calls sensor journalism. Sensor journalism, as she says it, is a method of collecting data using sensors — usually lots of them — and using that data to tell a story. So, it’s a lot like regular journalism, but totally different. It plays into recent trends toward data journalism – meaning the use of big datasets to tell stories in accessible ways. You can learn more about it, and the rest of Lily’s research in the links on the show notes." Read more about Alex Fink: OKcast Episode #19 – Sensor Journalism and Citizen Science with Lily Bui

EAR-IT: Using sound to picture the world in a new way

Have you ever thought about using acoustics to collect data? The EAR-IT project has explored this possibility with various pioneering applications that impact on our daily lives. Monitoring traffic density in cities and assisting energy saving devices in houses, for example, could enable the development of smart cities and buildings.
The EAR-IT project has taken intelligent acoustic technology developed in laboratories and  modified and adapted it to real life environments. The project, involving both research institutes and market advisors

26th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE2015, Madrid, 27-29 May 2015

Conference site. Patients, care providers, system developers, researcher and ultimately the entire population of Europe to join in to enjoy benefits from the potentialities in digitization of health information. This digitization enables involvement of people in management of their own health,and may empower people to be in more control Read more about 26th Medical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE2015, Madrid, 27-29 May 2015

The IT Job Board:6 Communities for Internet of Things Professionals

Source: "The Internet of Things is rapidly becoming a global reality, with the UK rolling out IoT networks in a number of cities. 
There are forecast to be 26 billion connected devices by 2020, meaning that there are many opportunities for those working in development, data security and analytics. 
We have listed some of the groups and organisations that are bringing tech experts together to discuss and that therefore provide opportunities for some real IoT networking.

Jeremy Geelan: The "Summer of IoT" Accelerates into Fall

Source: "As the Labor Day weekend ends, with 35 million Americans heading back home by road and 14 million by air, the IT world will say goodbye to the "Summer of IoT" — only to discover that the next few quarters are going to bring even more Internet of Things events than ever before.
And it's not just a North American phenomenon either: the IoT wave is engulfing the conferencing world across the globe...
Let me poinpoint here for you twenty of the main events. Believe me, however, that this is by no means a comprehensive list,

Barb Levisay: How Microsoft Partners Can Master the 'Internet of Things'

Source: „IoT is often mentioned as the next great market opportunity. It also happens that Microsoft partners are uniquely positioned to help their customers embrace IoT. The challenge is getting customers to understand that they've got an IoT problem. We've all heard the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next great service frontier. If that's the case and IoT is going mainstream, why aren't your customers calling you asking how you can help them connect and interpret all the data from their "things"? Or are they? The questions

Business Cloud News: Philips taps Alibaba Cloud for Internet of Things platform

Source: „Philips has selected Alibaba’s cloud arm to support its consumer health IoT platform Dutch electronics giant Philips has selected Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, AliCloud, to host its healthcare and smart home-focused Internet of Things (IoT) platform in China. The deal will see AliCloud supply Philips with cloud compute, storage, database and security services, and provide the wireless communications infrastructure for Philips’ HealthSuite Digital Platform in China. The platform supports Philips’ smart home products like a connected air purifier that can send helpful alerts


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