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.

Steve Hilton: MachNation: Will carriers become irrelevant in the Internet of Things?

Source: “I am worried.
Across the world MachNation has been continuing our dialog with carriers about their strategies and tactics in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. We have heard about their growing machine to machine (M2M) business units, their burgeoning number of M2M employees, their focus on increasing their share of the M2M wallet beyond connectivity.
See if you can name which M2M carrier follows this strategy.

Dan T.: What the 'Internet of Things' Means for Enterprising Entrepreneurs

Source: “It’s the tech term du jour: the "Internet of Things." Simply stated, it's the connection of technology devices to the Internet, everything from smartphones, coffeemakers, cars and lamps to anything with an on-off switch.
In many ways, the move has been almost inevitable with the cost of broadband Internet decreasing, the creation of more devices with Wi-Fi capabilities and the penetration of smart devices further into the human experience. The Internet of Things is just the logical next step.  
So yes, the Internet of Things is growing significantly but perhaps more important from a business perspective

Giulio Coraggio: Top 5 takeaways on legal issues of Connected Cars

Source: “Here are the main legal topics on connected cars covered during the Connected Automobiles conference where I gave a presentation named “Privacy and regulations: state-of-the-art and future issues” on legal issues relating to connected cars whose slides are available here.
I already discussed in this post about some of the legal issues affecting connected cars, but the discussions at the conference raised additional topics of concern and here is my top 5 of the legal topics covered during the event:
1. Who is the owner of the data?
Car manufactures often don’t have the technology necessary to support connected cars’ devices and therefore

Michael Humphrey: Study: The Internet of Things Has An Enthusiasm Gap

Source: “Yesterday in my Digital Media class I showed students several videos about the Internet of Things. The first I showed them was an explanation from IBM, produced in 2010. The second was a recent video from the Shots of Awe channel on YouTube. We compared the differences and similarities of the two videos. Some were obvious—IBM put a premium on data, while Jason Silva focused on the impact the Internet of Things would have on us. One key similarity was the highly positive narrative about IoT.
The discussion, as it often does whenever I talk to my undergrad

Call for Papers on “Smart Things, Big Data Technology and Ubiquitous Computing solutions for the future Internet of Things”

Many of the IoT systems and technologies are relatively novel. There are still many untapped applications areas, numerous technical challenges and issues that need to be improved and broadly exploded.

The aim of this special issue is to provide the last and most innovative contributions concerning Internet of Things, Big data and Ubiquitous Computing Technologies that interoperate with the objective of solving problems, provide functionality or optimize tasks. Read more about Call for Papers on “Smart Things, Big Data Technology and Ubiquitous Computing solutions for the future Internet of Things”

John Hagel III: Finding the Money in the Internet of Things

Source: “Executives have heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), but they’re understandably suspicious of all the hype. The one question that’s on all their minds is: where’s the money? Where and how will this new technology generate meaningful economic value for the enterprise? In the absence of a clear and compelling answer to this question, there’s a lot of interest, but relatively limited investment to date in a promising technology. Unfortunately, most technology vendors, accustomed to selling products to CIO’s, rarely focus on the overall economic impact of this technology. And business executives often focus on some particular

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Jake Kendall and Cameron F. Kerry: Enabling Humanitarian Use of Mobile Phone Data

Source: "The prevalence of mobile communication in the developing world is ever increasing, with now 89 active subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. With this access comes the potential for unprecedented insights into individuals and societies, such as migration patterns, economic transactions, and even importation routes of infectious diseases like Ebola. However, the absence of a common framework for sharing mobile phone data in privacy-conscientious ways and an uncertain regulatory landscape

John Fontana: Internet of Things rich with folly, ripe with concerns

Source: “The future may be an interconnected Web of devices known as the Internet of Things, but today we are stuck with a haphazard collection of “things on the Internet” that are bleeding personal and other data. And it’s poised to get worse before it gets better. Stories about today’s “things” profess promise, but show folly: Monday’s revelation of tens of thousands of Web cameras collated on one website and blindly broadcasting their moving picture across the Internet; home automation systems revealing passwords and cryptographic keys or turning baby monitors into bugging devices

Peter Prato: Internet of Things as art: How sensors can transform public spaces

Spider-like vibration sensors adorn glass panels at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), gathering information on their movements and reflecting back undulating light patterns.
The interactive art installation, Lightswarm, allows the viewer's movements to change the light patterns, while masking the technology with dazzling design. That's the whole idea, says Jason Kelly Johnson, design principal and founder of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design studio using Internet of Things devices in interactive projects to enhance public spaces."

Florian Michahelles: a snapshot on Siemens' vision of the Web of Things (video)

In a world where everything is connected new forms of collaboration among machines and devices become available. In order to really make devices machines working together, they need to speak the same language. This video motivates the need for a semantic layer for the IoT and invites researchers and entrepreneurs to jointly work on making this vision reality.
Just imagine, every sensor, every machine has it's own IP adress. This opens formidable opportunities, for instance, in manufacturing, building technologies,

B3: Designing future Bit By Bit: A simple platform to Learn | Make | Create | Share Internet of things

Source: “Bit By Bit is a truly revolutionary product which lets anyone make Internet of things app instantly. Designing electronics won’t be same again. Its easy, simple and faster with the our amazing patent pending product Bit By Bit is simple. Its the simplest hardware development platform ever. We have made Bit By Bit in a way that it makes all type of Internet of things development a very easy task. For you. For your child and for entire family.
We have launched our crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo to take Bit By Bit to mass production!

BeaconConf – Join the Conversation on 11/20

IndoorLBS invites you to participate in the world’s largest online conference and conversation on beacon technology taking place on November 20th. Join the conversation
BeaconConf is a free interactive event that will educate digital marketers on how beacons work, reveal best practices, and highlight successful use cases across various industries - all in a convenient online setting.
Speakers include 25+ of today’s mobile thought leaders from IndoorLBS, Radius Networks, Gimbal, Urban Airship, Signal360, GPShopper, Wireless Registry, Future of Privacy Forum, Location Based Marketing Association, and more.

Barry Collins: The internet of things will now make your coffee

Source: “Belkin has unveiled possibly the best gadget to come out of the "Internet of Things" yet - a Wi-Fi-enabled coffee maker.
The Mr Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker with WeMo (and we need a fresh cup of coffee after typing that ridiculously elongated name) is the latest device in the company's range of home automation products.
The $150 device allows you to switch the coffee maker on to a schedule, "monitor your brew status" and modify the strength of the brew using the WeMo app for iOS and Android devices.

Rachel King: SAP gears up for Internet of Things with help from Facebook, Samsung

Source: To keep the momentum moving, SAP also plans to staff up with 500 developers dedicated to various Internet of Things projects across multiple industries. Unveiled amid the German software giant's TechEd & d-code events in Berlin this week, SAP is hatching three new IoT solutions for connected logistics, maintenance and manufacturing. A centralized, buzzing digital hub of real-time sensor data available in the field is the unifying theme to all of these solutions, running on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform for application development.

Strukhoff: What I Learned at Cloud Expo

I served as Conference Chair for the 15th International Cloud Expo and 2nd ThingsExpo, held November 4-6, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. 

Here's what I learned:

  • Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are a reality. This may seem obvious to anyone in the industry, and it was confirmed throughout each day last week. Cloud is not going to be a ubiquitous utility anytime soon, as might have been thought a few years ago. The market for private cloud – derided as cloudwashing a few years ago


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