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.

Wesam Al-Assaf: A smart approach

Source: ”The Middle East is abuzz with excitement about ‘Smart Cities’ and rightfully so! Economic, social and technological factors have converged to make the region ready for widespread Smart City developments. Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the recent announcement of strategic plans to transform Dubai into a Smart City by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; six greenfield economic cities in Saudi Arabia; and Lusail’s Smart and Sustainable City are all examples.
As the Middle East ushers in this new era of advancement, much has been predicted and promised about the integration of ICT in every aspect


Fahmida Y. Rashid: Can Your Home be Hacked? Possibly.

Source: „A security researcher looked at the networked device in his home and wondered if hackers could break in. The answer, as it turned out, was yes, and he is just beginning his investigation. "Before I started my research, I was pretty sure that my home was pretty secure," David Jacoby, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, wrote on the SecureList blog on Thursday. Jacoby noted that he didn't really have a lot of high-tech equipment in the first place. His post, while long, is worth a read. The thing is, you don't need fancy gadgets or high-tech equipment to have a networked home. A typical home has around five devices connected


Margie Manning: Dow Electronics plugs into the Internet of Things

Source: „If you listen closely, you’ll hear it. All the electronic devices in your home are tuning up to talk to each other.
The Internet of Things isn’t as far off as you might think, and it just got a little closer as Dow Electronics, one of the largest privately held companies in Tampa Bay, partnered with Nest, a home automation company that designs and manufactures sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled and self-learning programmable thermostats, as well as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors.
Nest products can be managed with mobile devices.”
 


IoT China, October 28 & 29 in Shanghai; interested in Internet of Things in China?

October 28 and 29 for the fifth time IoT China is organized in Shanghai, in the heart of the Chinese IoT region, IoT Capital Wuxi an hour away by high speed train. The Exhibition will focus on ITS and Automotive, Connected Car. The Conference will focus on enablers for IoT (building blocks that make IoT possible) domains (areas of expertise and industrial knowledge) and applications and services such as smart city, business models (the real value for the end users). The Vice-Mayor-in-charge of the Shanghai Government will deliver the Opening Keynote Speech. 


Emily Zulz: A VC Company Starts Investing in the ‘Internet of Things’

Source: „A new investment company plans to support innovative technology that inter-connects devices, brings the Intenet to normal objects and automates everyday tasks
 
Doors that lock with the touch of a button.
 
Fridges that order food for you.
Alarm clocks that signal the coffee pot to start.
It’s the inter-connectedness of devices, the automation of everyday tasks—it’s the “Internet of Things.”


Gil Press: Internet of Things By The Numbers: Market Estimates And Forecasts

Source: „Now that it has been established that the Internet of Things is the most hyped “emerging technology” today, and that the term—and the associated technologies—is far from being new, the only question to be answered is Why the sudden surge in interest in 2014? That’s the question I put to a number of tech luminaries earlier this year. Bob Metcalfe, inventor of the Ethernet and now Professor of Innovation at University of Texas at Austin, is familiar with the sudden prominence of technologies


Internet of things grows on consumers

Source: „Despite consumer cynicism around the Internet of things, uptake of in-home devices is on the rise. More than two-thirds of consumers plan to buy connected technology for their homes by 2019, and nearly half say the same for wearable technology, according to Acquity Group's 2014 Internet of things study, released this week.
While the study was based on more than 2 000 consumer surveys across the US, local analysts have said SA is increasingly trying to keep up to date with international trends, unlike in the past. Frost & Sullivan attributes this to improved IT infrastructure in SA and increasing consumer and business demand.


Andrew Paterson: The Internet of Things What is It and What does It Mean for You?

Source: "Do you understand the “Internet of things”and the possible implications are of all that connectivity? Andrew Paterson, Senior Technology Officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office explains and discusses new research showing information to consumers is inconsistent leaving them ill-informed about their choices in how their data is used.
Picture yourself coming home from work in twenty years’ time. The house alarm reacts to a signal from your car as you pull up on the drive and turns off. The alarm then triggers the doors to unlock.


Korean Government to Concentrate on Internet of Things

Source: „The Korean government is working together with global IT giants to promote the growth of small firms specialized in the Internet of Things (IoT).
On May 13, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning opened the IoT Innovation Center at DongA Tower located in Seocho-dong, Seoul and held the launch ceremony for the IoT Global Council.
The council has 13 corporate members, including Cisco, Qualcomm, Oracle, Samsung Electronics, SK Telecom, KT, LG U+, and IBM, and eight public-sector organizations such as the


Sverre Jarp: Interview: Dirk Slama on the Future and the Internet of Things

..”And it is already happening. Look, for example, at real-time car sharing. I am a big fan of DriveNow and Car2Go in my home town, Berlin. These services are letting me select the next available car in walking distance on my smart phone. I can unlock it using a key card, use it as long as I want, and leave it wherever I want once I am finished. These cars have an on-board unit which is connected to the backend using a mobile network to access my profile.....”However, there is still some way to go before IoT application development Read more about Sverre Jarp: Interview: Dirk Slama on the Future and the Internet of Things



Clive Longbottom: The internet of things is coming: Is your datacentre ready?

Source: „The internet of things (IoT) is beginning to happen. More items are being connected to the internet daily and this will have a major impact on the datacentre. IoT is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are able to transfer data over a network and talk to each other without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Gartner estimates that the IoT will have 26 billion units installed by 2020 and, by that time, IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300bn,


Jeffrey Wu: Intel, Chunghwa Telecom team up on Internet of Things

Source: „Taiwan's largest wireless carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday on the development of technology related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and software-defined networking.

At a press conference, the two companies said they will jointly explore the software-defined infrastructure to optimize energy efficiency at cloud data centers.

"Intel is delighted to expand collaboration spanning IoT, cloud and software-defined network with Chunghwa Telecom to realize the vision of (a) 'Connected Society' in Taiwan, Read more about Jeffrey Wu: Intel, Chunghwa Telecom team up on Internet of Things



Roger Strukhoff: Economics & The IoT

I look at the IoT as having three great components: M2M, wearables, and grids. The components can also be seen (roughly) as enterprise, personal, and government/organizational. I'll examine each area in follow-up articles. I'll start with the third, as it applies to research I've been conducting for the past three years and dovetails with the very high-level view of the IoT being taken by the largest technology companies in the world.And I'm looking forward to discussing issues great and small with all in attendance at the upcoming @ThingsExpo, for which I serve as Conference Chair. Read more about Roger Strukhoff: Economics & The IoT



Megan McArdle: Smart Cities Build Parks

Source: „Not far from my house, there is a reservoir and an elderly sand-filtration water-treatment plant that is no longer in service. As with so many things in the District of Columbia, its future use is the subject of heated debate. As I understand the history of the place, the city could have gotten the site for free from the federal government to use as a park, but instead bought it so that it could be developed for residential housing. As that development moves forward, a bitter dispute has grown between the Friends of McMillan Park, who would like to make it a park, and the locals who want more housing there. Read more about Megan McArdle: Smart Cities Build Parks



Stephanie Overby: The Internet of Things Brings Legal Gotchas to CIOs

Source: „“Many of the legal issues are not well understood even by sophisticated privacy practitioners,” says Christopher Wolf, a partner at the law firm Hogan Lovells. “In the world of sensors rather than computer screens, the legal issues are challenging.”
The Federal Trade Commission last September took its first action against an Internet of Things manufacturer. TRENDnet, which marketed its Internet-connected cameras for home security and other uses, settled with the FTC over faulty software that left its


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