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.

Colin Neagle: Why Cisco, Intel, and Qualcomm are funding IoT startups

Source: „Internet of Things startups have had little trouble finding seed money lately, with overall venture capital surpassing the $1 billion mark in 2013 alone, according to CB Insights. Much of the funding comes from the venture branches of established tech companies, such as Cisco Investments, Qualcomm Ventures, and Intel Capital. These three in particular have contributed a significant amount of funding for IoT startups in the past three years

Colby Hochmuth: The Internet of government things

Source: „In many corners of the tech world, the Internet of things is an abstract concept still in the development stage. The federal government has spent more than $300 million on Internet of things-related research in the last five years, and this week officials hailed it as the next wave of innovation. At the SmartAmerica Expo on June 11 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini pegged the Internet of things as a tool that could dramatically change the way government

Adrian McEwen: Liverpool City Region has been successful in the bid for a University Enterprise Zone - "Sensor City".

Last week the UK announced that Liverpool will be developing a University Enterprise Zone specialising in sensor development. Liverpool City Region has been successful in the bid for a University Enterprise Zone - "Sensor City".  Alan Welby appeared on Radio Merseyside this morning to talk about Sensor City: „This is an incredibly welcome announcement

Nathanael Arnold: Apple’s iPhone Security Patent Points to Broader ‘Internet of Things’

Source: „Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) interest in the so-called “smart home” or “connected home” market was made apparent when it unveiled HomeKit at the Worldwide Developers Conference last month. HomeKit is a suite of tools that allows developers to more easily create iOS apps for various smart home products such as lights, thermostats, and door locks. However, the smart home is just one aspect of what has been dubbed the “Internet of Things” — Read more about Nathanael Arnold: Apple’s iPhone Security Patent Points to Broader ‘Internet of Things’

Samar Khan: Afghanistan looks to India's 'smart citiy' as war-torn country gets the development bug

Source: „For Afghanistan, India remains a model on many counts. Now the strife-torn country is looking to Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh's new capital city, as a model for planning Kabul New City. 
A group of Afghan officials have been in Raipur to study planning, funding management and development of the city under Naya Raipur Development Authority.

Ashraf Eassa: Intel's Internet of Things Group Is Highly Profitable

Source: „Though the buzz around the Internet of Things, or IoT, has probably been more focused on the ARM Holdings (NASDAQ: ARMH  ) ecosystem, it's actually quite stunning just how profitable Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC  ) own IoT division is. Now, do keep in mind that Intel's IoT group is a relabeling of its Intelligent Systems group, which in turn was a relabeling of its embedded division, but the point is that this is a very interesting -- and highly profitable -- business. Read more about Ashraf Eassa: Intel's Internet of Things Group Is Highly Profitable

Ronendra Singh: ‘Internet of Things’ may grow more than PC, smartphones

Source: „Smart cities, smart devices, applications and platforms could be jargons for many in India, but these are soon becoming realty and would grow exponentially in the near future.
Termed as Internet of things (IoT), such mode of connectivity would be part of our daily lives and are expected to grow faster than the personal computers or smartphones had grown over the last 10 years.

Nancy Gohring: Microsoft chooses open approach for the Internet of Things

Source: „The Internet of Things has a big interoperability problem. You'll ultimately want smart devices in your home and on your body to interact and to be controllable from a single interface. There are countless efforts to solve this problem. With Microsoft's decision to join the AllSeen Alliance, announced this morning, a difference in approach is starting to emerge.
While Microsoft has gone with an open source effort -- albeit one driven by Qualcomm -

Scott Amyx: Why the Internet of Things Will Disrupt Everything

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to create massive disruptions in telecommunications, cable/ broadband, cloud computing and even how we define the Internet. This article explores trends and preconditions that are leading to the perfect storm of change.
What is IoT? The Internet of Things consist of smart connected objects in homes, businesses and our surrounding that has the ability communicate over a multimodal network without human-to-human

Leo Mirani: The “internet of things” may not always need an internet connection

Source: „The “internet of things” is one of those odd phrases that can mean many things and nothing at the same time. On one hand, it describes a future that is rapidly becoming the present, with all sorts of objects—from televisions and watches to cups and streetlights—able to connect to the internet. On the other hand, it is used a marketing tactic by chip-makers and networking companies eager to sell their wares. Between 26 and 50 million “things" Read more about Leo Mirani: The “internet of things” may not always need an internet connection

Antonio Jara: IoT Everywhere: Towards smart objects everywhere

IoT Everywhere: Towards smart objects everywhere, Belfast, Northern Ireland,  Dec 2-5, 2014. The IoT is defining an ecosystem, where it is not only a network to transfer data, else IoT also is interconnected with Big Data and Cloud Computing to provide intelligence, in order to be able to understand the behaviors, and even define control/actions, through Cyber Physical Systems, according to the information captured by the smart objects that are able around the emerging smarter cities.

Philippe Cousin: Internet of Things Success Stories #1-June 2014

This book is the first of a series which will be an open space for business market stake-holders such as SMEs, but also for researchers to present their success story on how IoT can be used in a particular field to successfully - and often in a cost-effective manner - solve a particular problem (e.g., saving energy, improve heath care, reduce costs). With this book, we want to increase awareness on IoT's positive sides by presenting eleven different IoT success stories, covering topics such as: smart cities Read more about Philippe Cousin: Internet of Things Success Stories #1-June 2014

Roger Strukhoff: How IoT-Ready is Your Enterprise?
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The Internet of Things has taken on a traction this year the likes of which I've not seen during my 25+ years in the global IT industry. Even the birth of the PC and of the Worldwide Web didn't generate the instantaneous momentum I've seen regarding the IoT so far this year.

Daniel Robinson: Internet of Things is needed to stimulate IT investment, says Gartner

Source: „Global IT spending for the past quarter is predicted to be down from 3.2 percent in the previous quarter to 2.1 percent, according to Gartner. In fact, spending is likely to remain flat in the near future until the rise of digital business takes effect, the analyst said.
Gartner's latest Worldwide IT Spending Forecast shows that IT spending remains flat, despite greater optimism that the economy is on the up in many regions. In part, this can

Liz Gannes: Apple Features Internet of Things in New iPhone Ad, “Parenthood”

Source: „Today is the seventh anniversary of the very first iPhone release and Apple is celebrating it with a new ad touting the device’s role in the Internet of Things and its ability to support parenting and foster family interaction. Showcased in the spot are all manner of family-friendly peripherals: the WiThings baby monitor, the Belkin WeMo plug, the ProScope Micro Mobile microscope, the Tractive GPS dog collar, the Kinsa thermometer and Parrot’s Flower Read more about Liz Gannes: Apple Features Internet of Things in New iPhone Ad, “Parenthood”


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