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.

Amazon is tech company of the year

Source: “Make a list of all of the standout or even emerging consumer tech trends of 2014 and, no matter what it is — wearable technology, music streaming, cable cutting or the Internet of Things — Amazon is involved with its own service or product.
It’s telling that when asked who he saw as his company’s biggest direct competitor, Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, recently singled out the online retailer. “Many people think our main competition is Bing or Yahoo,” he said during a visit to a Native Instruments, software and hardware company in Berlin. “But, really, our biggest search competitor is Amazon.

Michele Nati: Internet of Things Guildford Meetup 5: Yue Cao and IoT 6 upcoming

IoT Meetup 5: Yue Cao proposes an efficient communication framework based on Publish/Subscribe (P/S) mechanism to disseminate necessary information of CSs to EVs. The questions to Yue had to do with the following:
  • What is the impact of smart cars in general? Is everything expected to be automated?
  • How does Yue’s solution work with differ densities, e.g., in urban and rural areas?
  • What is the impact of wireless charging?
  • Is there a queue managementt?

Douglas Soltys: John Chen talks smartphone strategy, spying, and the Internet of Things

Source: “BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently sat down with Bloomberg news for an extended video interview discussing both his past at Sybase and the future of the company he’s been leading for approximately one year. Admitting that his preference for resuscitating struggling companies is due to a love for fixing things, Chen lays out BlackBerry’s basic go-forward strategy. Not surprisingly, the two “S” words – smartphones and security – come up.
“We’re trying to broaden ourself way beyond just the device, just the phone…

Maxx Chatsko: Why Monsanto Might Be the Best Internet of Things Stock

Source: "The Internet of Things has become a hot investing topic lately as consumers dream of the day that their coffee makers text them when it's time for a deep clean. Of course, there's more value creation to look forward to than one sarcastic example; the potential savings that could be derived from efficiency gains alone are worth the media hype. However, despite the enormous potential for nonhousehold applications, consumer-facing technology companies have been handed the majority of the limelight. Investors would be wise to consider all of the potential avenues.

Carl Ford: Getting Semantic about Sensors

Source: “The dialogue this week has been on data analytics. From aggregating raw sensor data to Web visualization, the story has been Big Data.  Big Data, as a concept, is as nebulous as the cloud.  Often wanting to avoid sounding too parochial to a vertical, the discussion is so general I think I am hearing about snake oil.
From a garbage in garbage out stand point, often the demos involve something that uses crowd sourcing, which is useful to judge sentiment, but not necessarily accurate. My discussion with Bright Wolf Co-Founder James Branigan and Director David Houghton, quickly got me past my normal concerns about the analytics discussions.  

Trebor Scholz: Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy

Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy: "The backlash against unethical labor practices in the “collaborative sharing economy” has been overplayed. Recently, The Washington Post, New York Times and others started to rail against online labor brokerages like Taskrabbit, Handy, and Uber because of an utter lack of concern for their workers. At the recent Digital Labor conference, my colleague McKenzie Wark proposed that the modes of production that we appear to be entering are not quite capitalism as classically described. “This is not capitalism,” he said, “this is something worse.”

‘Things’ Are Heating Up: What’s New in the Internet of Things

Source: “Stories about the Internet of Things — everyday objects that have been upgraded to send and receive data — are growing ever more common in the media, and for good reason. As a July post in the New York Times’ Bits blog commented, “Over the next few years, very little stands to be bigger than the Internet of Things, or IoT…. The IoT is expected to eventually touch some 200 billioncars, appliances, machinery and devices globally.”
But before we can reach that future of 200 billion or more networked objects, developers will have to deal with a host of on-the-ground challenges. At the recent BizTech@Wharton

Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things – proprietary vs. open source system

Source: “Internet of Things (IoT) market is estimated to generate $ 7.1 trillion in sales by 2020, but its main issue is often considered to be the lack of interoperability between devices belonging to different systems.   The usual battle is between proprietary platforms which allow the interoperability only of devices that have been certified by the manufacturer of the IoT system and open source platforms.
The IoT-A, a European Commission Framework Programme, is a project aimed at allowing the communication between different Internet of Things devices creating a common “language”

Erin Griffith: How to invest in the Internet of Things

Source: “Experts agree that products connected to the web will be huge. but cashing in on that trend isn’t simple. A guide to putting money into the biggest opportunity since wireless technology made devices mobile. With the “Internet of things,” it’s not a matter of “if.” It’s a matter of when, how big, and who will reap the princely profits. That’s the thinking, at least, among many investors, tech conglomerates, and investment banks. They see it as the biggest opportunity since smartphones and tablets swept the world. You may or may not be attracted to the idea of using your phone to control your thermostat

Christine Donato: Shell, Volkswagen, and SAP co-innovate to create a pilot foundation for a range of connected services including connected fueling.

Source: “By 2020, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion worldwide. By 2020 nearly 26 billion devices will be connected via the IoT, and every industry wants a piece of this virtual pie. The gigantic shift toward hyper-connectivity is triggered by a need to simplify business. The customer of today has different expectations than the customer of yesterday, and the

Bertrand Copigneaux: The BUTLER project

The BUTLER project is officially over since October 31st. Over the three years of the project, BUTLER has laid foundations for a user oriented, context-aware Internet of Things, through key scientific breakthroughs, reusable technological components and the organisation of an open community.
  • Deliverable 2.5 provide a complete vision of the IoT enabling technologies developed in the project: privacy and security, localization and behavior modelling, as well as a vision forpotential future developments.

Rob van Kranenburg: A Poor or a Rich Internet of Things; our choice now. A look into the future and the meaning of the Internet of Things (2010)

There are many possible futures forming a continuum with at one end a 'poor' and at the other a 'rich' potential actualization. The decision is up to us now and could not come at a worse time. For the trend is towards not taking risks but having safety and security and nothing-happening-that-is-not-in-my-to-do-list as a default for decision-making. The responsibility of the entire field - from policy to programming - is to show leadership Read more about Rob van Kranenburg: A Poor or a Rich Internet of Things; our choice now. A look into the future and the meaning of the Internet of Things (2010)

Patrick Thibodeau: The Internet of Things to bring a new economic boom

Source: “That's the argument put forth by Michael Porter, an economist at the Harvard Business School and James Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, in a recent Harvard Business Review essay. PTC is a product design software firm that recently acquired machine-to-machine (M2M) firm Axeda Corp. In the past 50 years, IT has delivered two major transformations or "waves," as the authors describe it. The first came in the 1960s and 1970s, with IT-enabled process automation, computer-aided design and manufacturing resource planning. The second was the Internet and everything it delivered.

Information technology for people with Down’s syndrome

Today is the International day of people with disabilities. This article explains how ICT can help people with Down’s syndrome become more independent in their daily lives. It is about an EU research project (POSEIDON), developing visual and touch apps.
Many people with Down’s syndrome (DS) face barriers to taking part in community activities the rest of us take for granted. Whether it’s travelling on public transport, paying for items in a supermarket or getting to appointments on time, they may need help if they get into difficulties.

Stephen Pattenden: SH&BA Panel Meeting Wednesday, December 11, 2014

Following the successful Cities and Wellbeing Panel meetings in November, the next are just 8 days away.  We only have limited places, if you have not already registered, do so now to ensure your attendance.
…. The SH&BA Energy & Utilities Panel is concerned with Smart Metering, Smart Grids and Smart Energy Management in Buildings and (with the Future Cities Panel) the identification of energy performance in buildings and indications for refurbishment and will look more clearly at how energy is used in buildings


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