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.

Nestor Bailey: Toby Boudreaux: Designing a Technological environment to bring people together

In an age of ubiquitous devices and sensors, privacy becomes an activity rather than a default state.  Source: „In anticipation of his presentation at the PSFK CONFERENCE 2014 we spoke with Toby Boudreaux, the CTO of Control Group who helped create the new MTA’s subway wayfinding kiosks. Read his thoughts below on how the universal Internet of Things is inevitable, but it will be a subtle reorganizing of our current world rather than a totally new one..The most significant pattern I see lately is the embrace of peripherals and intelligent objects/spaces after a few years of Read more about Nestor Bailey: Toby Boudreaux: Designing a Technological environment to bring people together

Rick Blaisdell: The Internet of Things creates business opportunities like never before

Source: „In terms of business models, the Internet of Things (IoT) shift is generating unprecedented opportunities that can be seized by companies to develop new services, enhance productivity and efficiency, improve real-time decision making, solve critical problems, and develop new and innovative user experiences.
Basically, IoT represents a tremendous opportunity for various types of companies, including IoT application and service providers, IoT platform providers and integrators, telecom operators and software vendors.

Amy-jo Crowley: Five Internet of Things devices you’ve never heard of

Source: ..."The Situ food nutrition scale is designed to help users weigh their food and see nutritional information on their iPad via an accompanying app.
AwoX, a provider of multimedia interconnection technologies for the home, released an LED light bulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
French startup Cityzen showed off a sports shirt embedded with multiple sensors at Mobile World Congress in February it claims can record a player's heart rate, GPS location, temperature and speed.

Council becomes a Knowledge Partner for RE.WORK

Council is a Knowledge Partner for
RE.WORK Technology Summit, Berlin, 19-20 June 2014
RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit, San Francisco, 6-7 November 2014
RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit, London, 12-13 March 2015
RE.WORK summits focus on exponentially accelerating technology and its impact on business and society. 
The Internet of Things Summit brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

  Read more about Council becomes a Knowledge Partner for RE.WORK

Has anyone seen Ben lately?


know when your friends are near

know when something happens close by
spontaneous organization and disorder flows
[everyone within a mile radius here now]
publish your morning walk somewhere
meeting places invisibly sign posted [skateboard here wednes- days]

Internet of Things and Co-creation; open event, Brussels

As part of the activities of WG Co-creation of AC08 of the IERC and WP6 Sociotal we will be have an informal gathering on co-creation, participatory design and ‚temporary togetherness’ in Internet of Things in Brussels, on April 18 at from 10-1600.
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34
1080 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 5135928
Please RSVP at kranenbu@xs4all.nll
Limited to 10-15.

Zafar Anjum: From 'Compulsive Connectivity' to the Internet of Things

Source: „In this interview with Karthik Ramarao, the NetApp APAC CTO discusses the changing storage needs of businesses in Asia. You moved from Dimension Data to NetApp. What has been your focus in the last one year?
Karthik Ramarao: The industry is going through such a tectonic shift now. The perception of IT is changing; customers perceive IT very differently today. The traditional buyers of IT are also giving way to new types of buyers. Previous IT managers and CIOs who used to hold that fort of IT desires and define what IT needs to be, continues to change, and basically that's happening quite rapidly in this industry.

Ben van Lier: Can Machines Communicate? - The Internet of Things and Interoperability of Information

Source: "In the years ahead, more and more physical objects will be connected to the Internet. These connections will enable objects to exchange and share information among themselves. This way, slowly but surely, an Internet of Things will develop. In this Internet of Things, objects are not only connected to each other, but also to people. At random communication between objects is also called machine2machine communication. This communication is based on the idea, thought up by Shannon, that communication takes place by means of messages Read more about Ben van Lier: Can Machines Communicate? - The Internet of Things and Interoperability of Information

Win the European Energy Service Awards 2014

Source: „The efficient use of energy is important to achieve the climate protection objectives in Europe.
If you have implemented a successful and pioneering sustainable energy project or you are and innovative and highly qualified energy service provider or promoter, the European Energy Service Awards 2014 is waiting for your submission.
This prestigious prize, organised by the Berliner Energy Agency in the context of the European Energy Service Initiative 2020, recognizes outstanding efforts and achievements in the field of energy services in Europe since 2006.

Shawn Drew: The Internet of Things Will Revolutionize CRM

Source: „Customer relationship management (CRM) software is expected to continue its steady growth over the next year, but the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) could spur some serious innovation and investment within the area in a very short time.
As the world becomes increasingly connected, midsize businesses must stay ahead of the technology curve to ensure that they can continue to differentiate themselves.
CRM software has been a cornerstone of IT departments, allowing advances in technology to monitor the customer relationship both before and after the sale. Most modern CRM solutions

IoT Belgium: AllThingsTalk & iMinds present: Smart Living Day 26/04

On april 26th, AllThingsTalk will be hosting a unique iMinds Living Labs workshop while showcasing their Smart Living Solutions, which aims to bring the 'Internet of Things' to your home.
Join us for a different learning experience where you will connect everyday devices to the Internet and to each other, making your homes smarter and your lives simpler.
Four workshops based on the Smart Living kits are being held over a number of sessions throughout the afternoon, all free of charge and open to everyone. Don't miss out on this opportunity

Kimberly Koerth: Internet of Things Day future of IoT Discussions

Source: „Wednesday was "Internet of Things Day," with events planned in over 26 countries, as well as online. IoT Day provides a worldwide opportunity to learn about technologies that can enable the IoT vision to come to fruition.
The events primarily focused on new IoT capabilities, but not the accompanying need to strategically leverage existing IT investments in order to support these capabilities. With growth in the IoT projected to be 26 billion units installed by 2020, resulting in billions of dollars of additional value for suppliers, Aria Systems said the potential for revenue is there for those who develop successful IoT strategies.

Ben van Lier: Information crucial when considering future mankind

Source: „We need to accept our connection with technology. Only then can we move ahead, believes ICT strategist Ben van Lier. My clothing and accessories are becoming steadily more communicative. The sensors in my Nike shoes are connected wirelessly to my smartphone and reveal my current location to my relatives, how fast I am running and whether I am keeping up with the training schedule obtained from Nike. My shirt by OMsignal, a company whose vision is ‘Technology woven into life,’ measures my heart rate. My intelligent socks by Blacksocks indicate whether they are a pair. And if they are no longer absolutely perfectly black, the supplied app Read more about Ben van Lier: Information crucial when considering future mankind

IoT Rotterdam: Kudos to Martin Pot and Martin Spindler; a short report

IoT Rotterdam was a feast of validation for intuitive sets of practices and slow actualization of ideas of basically every speaker who either realized on spot or related actively how for the past decade the kind of thought processes that lie behind seeing ‚IoT’ as a new ontology, were either actively stalled or not actively supported within institutions, companies and ministries. The key red line we all saw unravelling in front of us was the realization that this is inevitable as disruptive change never gets warmly welcomed anywhere,  and that as the exception becomes the default (just witness the explosion of #iotday events) the danger


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