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.

Techopedia Staff: IoT: Experts to Follow on Twitter

Source: „Internet of Things. If you've been listening, it's sounding more like Internet of Everything. And it's such a huge subject that it's tough to separate marketing fluff from expert opinion. So, we decided to compile a list of the most influential voices who are talking about it on Twitter. Why this list? Well, it's based on Twitter data culled according to content, follower/following ratios, frequency of tweets, blog popularity, the opinions of other big data experts and our own subjective judgment. One note: Some influential voices are not included, either because they don't have active Twitter accounts, or they only tweet about IoT sporadically. 


Why you should join the April 9 Internet of Things Day?

So where were you when we went from cold to nice with fire? And where were you when we started rolling wheels around the plains that incidentally moved us alongside with it? When we went mobile? And were you around when the printing press was invented and we could start - albeit slowed down by some afraid of losing power - distributing learning tools at rapid rate? Do you remember what you got for Christmas in 1993? Well, the world received a beautiful present called Mosaic, the first browser. OK. It is tough to remember all that, but you can give yourself a break. Because you are living in historic times and a defining transformative moment that Mark Weiser described as let’s activate the world. Read more about Why you should join the April 9 Internet of Things Day?



Will Green: 'Internet of things' will significantly alter supply chains

Source: „A 30-fold increase in the number of internet-connected products in little more than five years will “significantly alter” how supply chains operate, according to analysts.
Gartner predicts the “internet of things” (IoT) will hit 26 billion devices by 2020, up from 900 million five years ago, and this will increase the amount of information available to supply chain professionals, as well as exposure to cyber risks.
Michael Burkett, managing vice president at Gartner, said: "It's important to put IoT maturity into perspective, because of the fast pace at which it is emerging, so supply chain strategists need to be looking at its potential now.


Early US and EU cooperation in Internet of Things: Disappearing Computer Workshop 2004

"Our preliminary approach: Activate the world. Provide hundreds of wireless computing devices per person per office, of all scales (from 1" displays to wall sized). This has required new work in operating systems, user interfaces, networks, wireless, displays, and many other areas. We call our work "ubiquitous computing". This is different from PDAs, dynabooks, or information at your fingertips. It is invisible; everywhere computing that does not live on a personal device of any sort, but is in the woodwork everywhere.”(M. Weiser 1988[15])
 


Randy Dunn: The Renaissance of RFID Among Retailers: A ChainLink Research Study

Source: „Radio frequency identification has finally found its rightful place in the retail IT ecosystem. The rise of omni-channel retailing and shoppers' increased expectation for on-demand information are creating unprecedented pressure for real-time inventory visibility. As a result, RFID is poised to become a critical retail enabler, uniquely designed to provide the insight that retailers need to optimize inventory and store operations. To draw a clearer picture of exactly what is happening with RFID in retail, Tyco Retail Solutions teamed up with Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath, at ChainLink Research, to identify the main use cases Read more about Randy Dunn: The Renaissance of RFID Among Retailers: A ChainLink Research Study



Mathew Schwartz: 'Thingularity' Triggers Security Warnings

Source: "The Internet of Things is a security nightmare waiting to happen. Part of the challenge is scale. By 2020, predicts Cisco, 50 billion different objects will be connected to the Internet, creating an Internet of Things market worth $19 trillion. But at what cost? Indeed, the problem with the impending "thingularity" -- as some technology pundits describe the current rush to connect everything to the Internet -- is that we lack a way to keep billions of consumer devices updated with the latest security patches or firmware.
Theoretically, securing all of these devices is possible. But to date, how many device manufacturers have excelled at automatically nuking the bugs that inevitably turn up in the code


Roger Strukhoff: IoT Era Making Me Twitch. The Internet of Things Will Be on the Agenda at Cloud Expo in NYC June 10-12

Source: „What era do we live in?" A good friend of mine asked me this simple question many years ago. "Post-modern" was not an acceptable answer. She deemed the "Nouveaux Fin de Siecle" too clever by half. "The Information Age" was hackneyed, and had already been in use for a couple of decades anyway.
The point is that it's very difficult to perceive one's current reality. Certainly no one alive during the Dark Ages thought of that time as remotely dark. Renaissance artists and musicians just thought they were creating, as did those of the Baroque


Samara Lynn: Small Business Owners 'Overwhelmed' by Tech

Source: "Many small business owners feel they have very little resources to help them navigate the vast tech landscape, according to a recent study. The report, from Brother International Corporation and non-profit SCORE was conducted by Wakefield Research and covered 500 small business owners with fewer than 100 employees. It revealed that 64 percent of small business owners still feel "overwhelmed" when it comes to technology. That sentiment is apparently not based heavily on financial concerns.

For the first time in five years, economic worries of small business owners waned significantly; down to 42 percent from 58 percent last year. Read more about Samara Lynn: Small Business Owners 'Overwhelmed' by Tech



Michael Mandel: What the Internet of Things means for physical industries

Source: "Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, described the Internet of Things as the “extension of the Internet to the physical world. 
He told the audience at Washington Post Live's All Things Connected forum, "The Internet has transformed digital industries, while the Internet of Things will transform physical industries.” (Meena Ganesan / The Washington Post)"
 
See also: „As president of South Mountain Economics LLC, I run an economics analysis firm with a unique focus on emerging industries and emerging occupations.


Marissa Tejada: The Internet of Things and the Challenges Ahead

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) will grow at an astounding rate, according to new figures from IT research firm Gartner that were recently featured in Information Management. This growth will transform data centers, increase workloads and change policies concerning security and capacity, adding new challenges for IT professionals. Midsize firms are poised to contribute to this growth and have the opportunity to be prepared for this innovative shift in IT.
According to Gartner's report, there will be 26 billion Internet-connected physical devices installed by 2020. The report also noted that IoT product and service suppliers will be in high demand because


Short report from the 1st Internet of Things Meetup in Guildford

The Meetup Guildford drew a surprisingly good number of participants. You can find them on the Internet of Things Guildford Meetup page.

There is a variety of people interested in Internet of Things as it is such an elusive concept. On the one hand it is very concrete. It is about tagging objects so to trace and track them and connect that data with other items to find new patterns. It is about installing monitoring equipment - sometimes industrial sensors, sometimes more bottom up made boards - so as to trace energy use or air pollution in a collaborative way. It is about web apps becoming linked with wearables and static sensors so individuals can get a holistic view of their health. Read more about Short report from the 1st Internet of Things Meetup in Guildford



Sam Ramji: Looking beyond the Internet of things hype: Here’s what’s in store

Source: „How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company? Find out at DataBeat, May 19-20 in San Francisco. There are only 20 tickets left at the lowest rate!
 
The Internet of things is forecast to achieve a $20 billion total available market by 2018.  But is that market size real? What are the tools that we can use to understand this and take effective action? The Internet of things is inarguably here already for innovators and early adopters, and seems to be in a state similar to where mobile was seven years ago.
In 2007, the iPhone had not been launched and mobile technology


Natalie Gagliordi: Consortium wants to standardize Internet of Things

Source: „AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel announced Thursday the formation of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership, not-for-profit group that will work to bring together the historically separated worlds of operational technology and information technology.
The IIC will work to identify requirements for open interoperability standards and define common architectures to connect smart devices, machines, people, processes and data. Simply put, the IIC feels technologies ranging from simple soda machines to high-powered wind turbines could be made better by being made smarter and more connected, right out of the box. 


China Daily; Smart city investment set to top 2 trln yuan by 2025

Source: „The accumulated investment in China's "smart city " effort is on track to exceed 2 trillion yuan ($322 billion) by 2025, fueled by a mas sive State-sponsored urbanization project, an industry report found on Wednesday. China has the most ambitious digital-powered urbanization plan on the planet, but it should also be cautious of possible "resource waste" during the process, analysts warned.
 
The country's gross domestic product will be five times bigger than today's in 10 years, and more than 4 million jobs will be added because of smart city-related projects, said the white paper co-authored by IBM Corp and research firm IDC.


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