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.

Rob van Kranenburg, Mohammadreza Rezvan, Saleh Azari: Report from the First Internet of Things Conference, Isfahan.

What was achieved?
- a realization that a local version of IoT is entirely feasible and doable in terms of conceptual architecture, designing the semantic layer that identitfes building blocks on a high abstract level so that objects, actions and infrastructure can be described in the same way and usecases can be build in a unified way.

Dave Friedman: Why China will leapfrog the world in Internet of Things

Source: „The U.S. led the world in the PC revolution. Europe was where cell phones took off. So where will the wellspring of innovation and customer adoption take place for the Internet of Things? With its recent IPO, Alibaba is a ramping up a strategy for the Internet of Things. Seeing the success of Nest and Dropcam in the US, all of the major Chinese web properties— SINA, Baidu, Tencent —are looking at ways to use connected devices as a way to increase market share and advertising revenue. SINA started the trend last year with Wi-Fi weather stations.

Rachel Oakley: Following a successful Kickstarter project, SmartThings was born.

Source: „Until recently, we had to rely on alarm systems to keep our homes safe. While they were effective in notifying the whole neighbourhood about what was going on inside your house, you were probably the last to know if you were anywhere out of earshot of that deafening alarm. Today, you can monitor everything in your home from afar, via a simple app on your smartphone. SmartThings is an app that offers security and peace of mind by connecting your physical home environment to the internet, allowing you to monitor, control, and automate everything from anywhere.

Brad Sowell: NASCIO 2014: States Adopt Smart Sensors

Source: „The Internet of Things is becoming more prevalent, and states are taking advantage of the technology to better serve their constituents. The Internet of Things is getting bigger by the day. According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion IoT devices by 2020. As more things connect to the Internet, states are starting to tap the IoT to provide resources to their citizens. For example, the North Carolina Innovation Center — or iCenter, for short — plans to implement sensors in museums and aquariums throughout the state. Any visitor with an iPhone can walk through a museum

Phillip Pantuso: Pew Study Predicts What Digital Life in 2025 Will Look Like

Source: „To mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee, this year the Pew Research Center is conducting a series of studies examining the past, present, and future of the Internet. Dad jokes are expected to be a constant.
Released by the center today, the report imagines what digital life in 2025 will look like based on a canvassing of more than two-thousand experts about future of such concerns as privacy, cybersecurity, the “Internet of things,” and net neutrality.”

Amy-jo Crowley: Which UK companies are unlocking the value in the IoT?

  • Neul
  • Evrythng
  • Flexeye
  • NWave Technologies
  • Bleepbleeps
  • Little Riot
  • MCQN
  • Connect-In
  • Love Hz
  • Blue Sense Networks

Joon Ian Wong: Bitcoin Could Transform Internet of Things into Vast Data Marketplace

Source: „As sportswear giant Nike expands its wearable technology applications, it will need more data to feed its gadgets and software.
To do that will be a simple matter in the future. A Nike executive will simply pull up a list of sensors operated by a private weather station, selecting the ones from which she would like to buy data.
With a click, the executive will pay individual sensors – perhaps thermostats mounted in a Central Park pathway particularly favoured by joggers – for their data, using bitcoin. The weather sensors will be just one part of a future market

The goals for Dowse are in first place ethical: ultimately aiming at the production, enhancement and distribution of responsible and free/libre software.

Dowse: "In the IoT paradigm, having a clear overview of what goes in and out of the network becomes of crucial importance for home users and professionals. The ultimate question of responsibility for whatever happens within a network cannot be easily answered, considering the way things can autonomously decide to initiate communications.

Sally A. Applin & Michael D. Fischer: Applied Agency: Resolving Multiplexed Communication in Automobiles

Source: „We explore the transition to greater sociability concerning automobiles in the context of communications being more fully integrated into their systems. We briefly examine the historical significance of past social technologies in cars and the relationship between synchronous and asynchronous communication technologies in the present. In particular, we examine the consequences of the emergent network that results from interaction between Read more about Sally A. Applin & Michael D. Fischer: Applied Agency: Resolving Multiplexed Communication in Automobiles

Dana Blouin: Casting Light on the Internet of Things

Source: „Smart bulbs were among the first products to have commercial success in the connected home. While simple in theory, they have the very practical application of allowing users to control electric lights from smartphones or tablets.
Interactivity is one of their key features. The lights allow users to interact with them in a number of new ways and offer other features that standard bulbs do not. Take color, for instance. Users can cycle through colors to change the mood of a room or make it more relaxing.
Of course the bulbs are also energy efficient because they are light-emitting diode (or LEDs).

Atmel Joins Forces with ARM on Internet of Things Development Platform

Press: „Today at ARM TechCon, Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, is announcing a partnership with ARM on the mbed device platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).
This partnership broadens the ecosystem support for developers using Atmel's portfolio of secure, low-power and cost-effective wireless connectivity solutions, specifically the Atmel SmartConnect Wi-Fi and 802.15.4-compliant solutions. Additionally, IoT developers for smart wearables

Giulio Coraggio: Connected cars – legal issues and hurdles!

Source: „Connected cars are expected to generate $ 131.9 billion by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.7% from 2013 to 2019.  But such growth shall face legal issues that not only affect data protection matters, but also have an impact on product liability issues, telecom law obligations, security and data loss risks. 
Connected cars are the subcategory of the Internet of Things relating to technologies that for instance can prevent accidents detecting other vehicles around the car or monitor the body conditions of drivers to prevent accidents if he feels sick or falls asleep.

City Pulse and SocioTal at Meetups and at EU Open Days

In The Open Days IoT Workshop - 9th October - Borschette centre, Mirko Presser will focus on the communication of IoT through scenarios.  Mirko Presser is the Head of Research and Innovation for the Smart City Lab at the Alexandra Institute working on Open Data and the Internet of Things in the context of Smart Cities for Citizens. He is also the president of the IoT International Forum since it was founded in June 2013. The reason for talking about the IoT in terms of scenarios is to get an understanding of how widely the IoT will impact people, government and businesses – us. If we focus on technology, specifications

Michael Dixon: Is Your City Ready to Join the Internet of Things?

Source: „Michael Dixon, is general manager for IBM's global smarter cities business where he leads IBM's vision, strategy and operations for helping cities apply analytics, mobile, cloud and social technologies. He contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The so-called Internet of Things has passed from future-world fantasy to present-day reality, showing up on fridges, cars and even people. Clip-on fitness monitors like FitBit, Jawbone and Cityzen's sensor-embedded fabrics give average citizens an easy way to monitor their health and share progress with friends or even track their favorite pro athlete.”

Schneider Electric’s Approach to the Industrial Internet of Things

Source: „One of the hottest technology trends today across industries is the Internet of Things. Here’s how Schneider Electric is delivering the connected capabilities and underlying technologies for customers to implement Internet of Things initiatives.
The Internet of Things may be a concept of relatively recent vintage, but the reality is that the technologies that enable the Internet of Things (IoT) are already here. That's most likely the reason why the IoT has captured the imagination of so many businesses—as the benefits are not dependent on some future


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