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.

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

Matt Turck: The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity

Source: “The frenzy around the Internet of Things (IoT) should be reaching its final countdown. There has been a period of extraordinary activity in the IoT space since this original attempt at charting the ecosystem for TechCrunch. While the Internet of Things will inevitably ride the ups and downs of inflated hype and unmet expectations, at this stage there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

The IoT is propelled by an exceptional convergence of trends (mobile phone ubiquity, open hardware, big data, the resurrection of AI, cloud computing, 3D printing and crowdfunding). Read more about Matt Turck: The Internet Of Things Is Reaching Escape Velocity

Margaret Rhodes: A New Gadget That Lets You Invent Your Own Internet of Things

Source: “Thingsee One is an open source, Internet of Things gadget packed with sensors for light and pressure, plus an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.  It’s a familiar adage in the tech world that hardware is hard. After all, a single coder can ship an app, armed with just a computer. But a new piece of hardware has to go through design revisions, materials tests, and manufacturing regulations before it sees the light of day. This is why Ville Ylläsjärvi thinks Thingsee One, the open source, Internet of Things

Thomas Hallauer, PTOLEMUS Consulting Group: Android Auto: applying the smartphone model to cars

Source: "As Google released the Android Auto first set of API to developers, we look at the long term effect the company could have on the car industry through connectivity, content, data, and usage models. The Google Business model in the car is to extend its data collection of the individuals in order to sell targeted profiles to advertisers. In the vehicle, it can sell POI selected on the basis of the information it will have accumulated on the driver. In order to foster this approach Google has built the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA)

Tom McIlroy: Light rail critical to a smart city: international cities expert

Source: “Canberra's 12-kilometre light rail line will help protect the city's education edge, bringing young people and driving business growth and innovation.  That's the upbeat message from Committee for Sydney chief executive Tim Williams, who said the $800 million tram line will "future-proof" Canberra and reduce  road congestion.  Dr Williams, a driving force behind the redevelopment of East London as head of the Thames Gateway Partnership, visited Canberra on Monday as a guest of the ACT government. The former policy and strategy adviser on the construction of the athlete's village

Benjamin Robbins: How the internet of things can encourage business collaboration: Businesses must embrace partnerships to survive in a world of integrated systems

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) holds great promise for effortlessly enabling complex enterprise scenarios. For the uninitiated, the IoT is the idea that inexpensive sensors and ubiquitous internet connectivity will allow the products and appliances we interact with on a daily basis to become smart. The number of possible scenarios in enterprise to which this can be advantageous is huge.

Richard Chirgwin: Boffins challenge Internet of Things' lust for power 20 billion sensors are all very well but nobody wants to pay the electricity bill

Source: “The Internet of Things is going to vastly expand demand for the world's connectivity, and with it, there'll be a corresponding increase in the electricity devoted to computing and communications. The University of Melbourne's Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications is kicking off a new project to work out how that impact can be minimised.
CEET director Dr Kerry Hinton explained to Vulture South

Antonio F. Skarmeta Gómez: RIoT 2015: 2015 First International Conference on Recent Advances in Internet of Things

Singapore, 7-9 April 2015
Co-located with IoT Asia 2015 and IEEE ISSNIP 2015
The Internet, network of networks, over the years, provided the core backbone for connectivity. The Internet has been a revolutionary technology to an extent that any devices “things” can be connected and be accessible and

Sarah Miller Caldicott: Ready For The Internet of Things? 5 Skills You'll Need

Source: “November marks the season when high school students plug away at their college applications, and executives draw up business plans for the coming year. It’s a time when thoughts about the future dominate conversations from the dinner table to the Board Room.
Yet despite age gaps between college students and CEO’s, these disparate groups share anxiety over the resources needed to navigate the coming waves of new technology. In particular, this includes the future impact of big data and transformative technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT).

Smart cities in China kept dumb by lack of cooperation

Source:  “More than 400 cities in China have publicly announced plans to build smart cities, mostly in the nation's eastern, central and western areas, yet have encountered difficulties as they fail to connect with each other amid the ocean of big data, Beijing's Economic Observer reports.
Wu Hanyuan, director of the economic intelligence bureau in Ningbo's Haishu district, is responsible for building the district into a smart city. He described his job over the last year as a tough one while he helped the district collect all kinds of information in a bid to establish an open data platform, which began test runs from November. A smart city, or intelligent city, uses digital technolo

Steve Dunbar: Why does the Internet of Things matter to local authority leaders?

Source: “The Internet of Things will power a new era of innovation that gives authorities new opportunities to re-imagine their future. It will enable them to connect devices and line-of-business assets in their buildings, utility facilities, transport systems and on the street, gain new insights from data and leverage cloud services to unlock transformational and cost saving new scenarios. Authorities are under increasing pressure as we move into 2015 - citizens expect ever more from their leaders whilst an aging population, rapid urbanisation, modernisation mandates and economic austerity

Dean Meyers: The Internet of Things by 2020: what’s it worth?

Source: “While keeping tabs on the Internet of Things (IoT) this infographic appeared in one of Vizworld’s curation lists. If it seems simple or even simplistic consider that it is probably created for a general business audience. What’s most interesting is the visualization of the discrepancy between four highly regarded sources on the number of units that will be around in 2020, less than 6 years from now. The massive range from 26 billion units (Gartner) to 212 billion units (IDC) can be interpreted as probably a lack of consensus on what an IoT device is, or will be. Will it include your handheld device as well as your temperature-sensitive clothing? Read more about Dean Meyers: The Internet of Things by 2020: what’s it worth?

Chinese tech major keen to partner 'Smart City' project

Source: “A Chinese technology major today expressed desire to collaborate with India in its ambitious 'Smart City' project and a top official of the company will be visiting the country next week to take forward the idea.
"We want to partner with India in building its smart cities, as envisioned by the new government.
We are a leading firm in hardware and India is good in software and I think our association will be wonderful," Vice-President, Inspur Group, Zhang Dong told today.”

Lee Bell: Internet of Things search engine wants the world to sell and exchange sensor data. Thingful working on ways to monetise IoT

Source: “THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) is perhaps perfectly named. It sounds vague, dense and complex and that's because it is.
It's a convoluted and intricate network of ideas, data and devices. It's almost as though the name is aware of its own ambiguity, parodying itself and saying: 'An internet of, erm, 'things' because there's so much going on here we can't even begin to sum it up in one word.' Perhaps that's what prompted the guys at Thingful to try to make sense of it all

Gareth James: Brands are damaging the Internet of Things' rep with continuous non-news

Source: “Think of something and put the word "smart" in front of it. It's the new craze. We used to put an "i" in front of things and before that an "e" but not anymore, now it's all about smart things. All the brands are doing it. Smart diapers, smart meters, smart watches. How about smart chopsticks? Well they exist, sort of. Chinese web giant Baidu made an announcement, with a raft of headlines, explaining how the smart chopstick is able to tell the safety of your food. Ingenious? Yes. Over-engineered? Probably.


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