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.

Sam Allwinkle and Peter Cruickshank; Creating Smart-er Cities: An Overview

Source: "The following offers an overview of what it means for cities to be “smart.” It draws the supporting definitions and critical insights into smart cities from a series of papers presented at the 2009 Trans-national Conference on Creating Smart(er) Cities. What the papers all have in common is their desire to overcome the all too often selfcongratulatory nature of the claims cities make to be smart and their overreliance on a distinctively entrepreneurial route to smart cities. Read more about Sam Allwinkle and Peter Cruickshank; Creating Smart-er Cities: An Overview



Dr. Alexander Gluhak, Senior Researcher, University of Surrey receives the ID Limelight Award

ID WORLD International Congress 2013: ID People Awards: "Dr. Alexander Gluhak, Senior Researcher, University of Surrey in the UK, is one of the recipients of this year’s ID People Awards – the Oscars of the ID industry. Dr Gluhak was announced winner of the ID Limelight Award on November 5, in Frankfurt at an exclusive celebration during the 12th ID WORLD International Congress.
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Trevor Pott: I"m wiring up my fishtank to the internet

Source:"...I'm wiring up my fish tank to the internet. The newest incarnation will automatically top itself up when the water gets low, feed the fish and other mundane tasks. I am working on sensors for PH, conductivity, and even a spectrometer so I can test for ammonia, nitrate, nitrite and phosphate levels. Deviances in any of these parameters can tell me ahead of time of there are problems, allowing me to proactively solve environmental issues for my fish. Read more about Trevor Pott: I"m wiring up my fishtank to the internet



The IoT index compiled by market researcher IDC

Source: "The Internet of Things refers to everything we own being connected to the Internet. South Korea ranked second among 20 major countries in terms of preparedness for the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT refers to objects with sensors or chips collecting information and communicating through the Internet, enabling them to be identified and affected by other digital devices.
According to the IoT index compiled by market researcher IDC... Read more about The IoT index compiled by market researcher IDC



Internet of Things in Finland: Impact on Business

New revenue models for participating companies in the emerging IoT market will impact on the readiness to invest into IoT. Specially the demand for highly secure solutions related to user authentication, user authorizations and smart devices is calling for development of competitive solutions, which are considering security, privacy and trust in IoT.

Security products will be potential revenue generators, as they are needed across the verticals. Read more about Internet of Things in Finland: Impact on Business



Jim Poole: Trading Jet Packs in for the Internet of Things

The good news is that we’ve done some of this before. For instance, the ad hoc networks that develop in a booming Internet of Things must converge in one place to connect and exchange or hand off data. It’s similar to the needs of Internet networks in the late 1990s, when the company I work for, Equinix, was founded as a neutral site for networks to “peer” — to meet and trade Internet traffic. Neutral peering enabled the Internet’s explosive growth. It will do the same for the Internet of Things. Read more about Jim Poole: Trading Jet Packs in for the Internet of Things



Christopher Heine: A Ford Car Is Tweeting in Sweden

Source: “Ford is taking the idea of the "Internet of Things"and giving it a social twist over in Sweden. The carmaker has parked a Ford Kuga Titanium X—a low-emission, diesel-powered vehicle—right outside of Stockholm Central Station, where the car is rigged with sensor technology that captures what onlookers are doing before tweeting an interpretation about their activity on Twitter. The Ford is evidently also "commenting" on what it's like inside the historic station.. Read more about Christopher Heine: A Ford Car Is Tweeting in Sweden



Melissa Apte: Why the Internet of Things Creates a More Engaged Customer

What I find so inspirational and interesting is how a small-medium business like Fitbit can use technology to create a big impact and a highly engaged community. Their vision was to create a wearable product that would change the way we moved, which was made possible by advances in sensors and wireless technology. And now it’s estimated that over 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020.
So what’s the opportunity for your business? Read more about Melissa Apte: Why the Internet of Things Creates a More Engaged Customer



Jack Palmer: Linux Foundation, QNX and Bosch have joined forces to open automotive

Source: "Linux Foundation, QNX and Bosch have joined forces to address the contentious question of how open the automotive IVI platform should be. The answer will define the future of cross industry collaboration and ultimately decide how 3rd party app developers can be engaged to enhance connected car content and apps. This panel debate has been released in association with the Content and Apps for Automotive Europe Conference... Read more about Jack Palmer: Linux Foundation, QNX and Bosch have joined forces to open automotive



City Pulse: Citizen design competition

Source: "In collaboration with the Alexandra Institute, Aarhus Municipality, Open Data Aarhus, Smart Aarhus and CityPulse, we invite you to the first FP7 CityPulse Citizen Design Competition. We are putting 800EUR up for grabs in cash prizes for three lucky winners (500EUR, 200EUR and 100EUR)." The CityPulse project designs, develops and tests a distributed framework for semantic discovery, processing and interpretation of large-scale real-time Internet of Things.. Read more about City Pulse: Citizen design competition



Internet of Things' poised to be catalyst for ICT industry next year

For example, the Airbus A380 has components fitted with sensors to monitor wear and tear in real time. This continually generated data allows Airbus to maintain a dynamic maintenance process and optimise performance. From a technology perspective, this requires a huge amount of storage and application functionality, as well as data analysis. Cloud computing, big-data technologies and lower-cost sensors are expected to have a positive impact on aircraft manufacturers and airlines.” Read more about Internet of Things' poised to be catalyst for ICT industry next year



Vera Coelho: CFP: Fourth Special Session on Multivariable Processing for Biometric Systems

The Fourth Special Session on Multivariable Processing for Biometric Systems (MPBS 2014) is part of the International Conference on Health Informatics (HEALTHINF 2014), which is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and held in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), EUROMICRO and ISfTeH. Read more about Vera Coelho: CFP: Fourth Special Session on Multivariable Processing for Biometric Systems



Barbara M. Asselbergs: Radical Transparency and how to design this?

Processing all of this data can have a great impact on cities — and the behaviour of its residents....A lively debate about privacy and the ethical impact surrounding the use of data is taking place globally. What does this radical transparency mean for individual social interactions and the design of new interaction models? In today’s world it is no longer an option to be ‘for’ or ‘against’ transparency and openness. It is simply a reality in today’s world. The question is ‘how do we want to engage with it?’" Read more about Barbara M. Asselbergs: Radical Transparency and how to design this?



David Green: China Revs up for The Internet of Things

As it stands, the state remains very firmly in the driving seat when it comes to providing financial support and engineering opportunities to invest in and provide technology for projects that leverage IOT technologies. “The Chinese government is by far the largest consumer in the IOT space. Consequently, the government has tremendous leverage in shaping the industry’s development,” Tiam adds. “That said, a lot of the action remains at the local level, as certain local governments have been particularly active... Read more about David Green: China Revs up for The Internet of Things



Jean-Louis Gassée: Appliances are just that, appliances. It’s word we use as an insult to describe a boring car

Consumers certainly don’t have to be sold on the benefits of connected devices. We can’t function without our smartphones, tablets, and PCs. But once we stray outside the really personal computer domain, the desirability of connected devices drops dramatically.
The dream of giving sensors, actuators, and an Internet connection to everyday objects feels good, until one looks... Read more about Jean-Louis Gassée: Appliances are just that, appliances. It’s word we use as an insult to describe a boring car



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