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.

LooCI, introduced by Professor Danny Hughes leading the Networked Embedded Systems team at iMinds-DistriNet, KU Leuven.

SOCIOTAL Meetup 3: Internet of Things is at a crossroads. It can only work if citizens are willing to pay for services and investments in infrastructure, which can only happen if the use of novel business models will bring added value to old services or the development of totally new services. Value for everyday life and everyday activities must be shown.

How to facilitate structured and productive input from users? Sociotal/AC8 Workshop on Co-Creation, BXL, April 18 2014.

From experience in EU projects and commercial product and service design we can say that the technical work packages find it very difficult to believe that they can receive structured input from end users. The list of requirements has been set before the project starts, influences the scope of the use case and more requirements after that phase can not be accommodated. 

Jessica Van Sack: IoT: Sharing data about to increase

Source: „Software giants and startups alike are trying to get in on the ground floor of an emerging industry known as “the Internet of Things” (IoT) — where traditionally offline devices are connected to the World Wide Web.
One of the best-known examples is the Nest thermometer. But that’s just the tip of the IoT iceberg. Imagine the possibilities — good and bad — if billions of devices report data about themselves.
Connected homes are the most obvious outgrowth.

Sean Michael Kerner: Internet of Things is Not about Refrigerators. Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby explains what the Internet of Things is really all about.

Source: „One of the most hyped examples of the Internet of Things is the Internet-connected refrigerator. But according to Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco CIO, the refrigerator will not likely be an Internet of Things use case that she deploys within Cisco itself. In a video interview with Enterprise Networking Planet

Eileen Poh: Technologies on display at Internet of Things Asia 2014

Source: "Google Glass that allows doctors to access medical records instantaneously, smart vending machines, and a system which helps you locate your car in a carpark -- these are some of the technologies on display at the inaugural Internet of Things (IoT) Asia 2014.
IoT refers to the transfer of information between objects or people over a network without the requirement for human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
The two-day conference and exhibition kicked off on Monday at the Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre."

Shoumen Palit Austin Datta: Dynamic Socio-Economic Disequilibrium Catalyzed by the Internet of Things

„The fruits of IoT will depend on our ability to interoperate between systems, objects and devices in different environments supporting different standards of operations, protocols and applications. It is impossible to expect that the world will strive to support one common standard. Hence, not standardization per se but the interoperability between major standards will be the key to diffusion of the products and services of the IoT Read more about Shoumen Palit Austin Datta: Dynamic Socio-Economic Disequilibrium Catalyzed by the Internet of Things

Robert L. Mitchell: 4 things to do now to get ready for the Internet of Things

Source: „As CIO at Boeing, Ted Colbert is no stranger to the Internet of Things. For more than a decade, the aerospace giant has deployed thousands of communications-enabled smart devices to sense, control and exchange data across the factory floor, on the battlefield, and within the company's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
For National Football League CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle, however, it's a whole new ballgame. Currently the league is experimenting 

Stacey Higginbotham: Here’s a startup that wants to be an OpenStack for the internet of things

Source: „When a billion sensors meet the cloud, OpenSensors hope that companies and municipalities reach for its software as the base layer to manage how and to whom those sensors report. The co-founders of OpenSensors believe that while connecting billions of devices to the internet will be complicated, being able to do it on infrastructure you control should be easy. That’s why the London-based startup formed last year with plan to build a software tool

David Talbot: A Dropbox for the Internet of Things

Source: „Cars, homes, and billions of gadgets are increasingly getting Internet addresses, making new applications possible. With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas as diverse as factory optimization, car maintenance, or simply keeping track of your stuff online. But doing this today requires at least some degree of programming knowledge. Now Bug Labs, a New York City company, is trying to make it as easy to create an Internet of things application as it is to put a file into Dropbox.

SQLstream Launches Webinar on the Internet-of-Things

Source: SQLstream, Inc., the Big Data Stream Processors company, today announced that it will host a webinar exploring the potential of the Internet-of-Things. With a focus on monetization, the event will expand on harvesting real-time value from IoT services, discussing technology requirements, security concerns and likely directions for commercialization. The online presentation will be held Thursday, April 24 2014 at 11AM PST.
Damian Black, CEO of SQLstream, will explore why monetization of smart services for the Internet of Things

Duane Benson: Beware the Internet of Useless Things

Source: „Not long ago, I was in a bit of a discussion that referenced an Internet-enabled egg holder. That got me thinking about less-than-useful devices in the Internet of Things. The fact that you can connect something to the Internet doesn't mean that you should. I can certainly see a pretty much unlimited supply of useful IOT ideas. I can also come up with just about as many ideas for an Internet of Useless Things (IoUT). With that in mind, here are some advertisements for a few devices that I'm half-expecting to see at your local online retailer soon. ZipBeUp zipper state alarm --

Thorin Klosowski: The Biggest Tech Industry Buzzwords, Defined for Normal People: The Internet of Things

Source: "When you see the words "Internet of Things" it's referring to objects we're not used to seeing have internet access with internet access. 
This might be thermostats, fridges, coffee pots, and whatever else someone decides to stuff a Wi-Fi card into. 
The Internet of Things is going to change everything, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

SJ - A Special Issue on Smart Cities, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014 (ISSN 1799-2710)

SJ - A Special Issue on Smart Cities, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014 (ISSN 1799-2710)
This unrefereed special issue presents a wide range of research articles and practical papers on Smart Cities. 
The articles discuss the Smart City phenomenon from different points of view and in different contexts.
Download this issue from here

Matt Weinberger: The Nest Connection: What's missing in the enterprise Internet of Things

Source: „When we talk about the Internet of Things, we talk about using sensors to get stuff connected to the Internet and learn more about its behavior.

As is so often the way, the Internet of Things made its first great strides in the consumer space: Products like Google acquisitions ; Nest, which replaced the classic thermostat with a product that let users control their home's temperature from the Internet while also delivering data on how to minimize energy bills, tapped into a market that few would have guessed even existed. Read more about Matt Weinberger: The Nest Connection: What's missing in the enterprise Internet of Things

Patrick Thibodeau: Can we talk? Internet of Things vendors face a communications 'mess'

Source: „Vendors will tell you that the Internet of Things (IoT) is here today. We're here to tell you that it isn't. This is your warning label. It's the small print on the prescription that outlines all the nasty complications. The first thing to realize is that many wireless communications protocols that allow home devices to exchange information aren't interoperable. Second, installing a home automation system will likely require investments in bridges, which are separate pieces of hardware that connect with home routers. Read more about Patrick Thibodeau: Can we talk? Internet of Things vendors face a communications 'mess'


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