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.

Derek du Preez: The Internet-of-Things isn’t ‘up for grabs’, it is a diverse new phase of the web

Source: “The Internet-of-Things is the new buzzword of the industry and everybody wants to be the go-to company to sell its IoT services. However, there won’t be one big winner. The Internet-of-Things (IoT) has managed to send the technology industry into a spin. With the prospect of owning a slice of revenue that comes from connecting everything and anything around us, vendors are wide-eyed, licking their lips and trying to position themselves as ‘THE IoT company’ of the future.


Michael L. Papay, Frank J. Cilluffo, Sharon L. Cardash: Fortifying the Internet of Things means baking in security at the beginning

Source: “The rapid rise in Internet-connected gadgets has the potential to profoundly and positively affect our daily lives, from how we monitor home security to tracking medical devices. But as the so-called Internet of Things brings about new developments in everything from health care to home care, it comes with a downside, too, as it opens up users to security vulnerabilities that did not previously exist. Policymakers and legislators have entered the fray.


Teja Kondapalli: Engineering students tasked with finding ‘Internet of things’

Source: “The Aggies Invent challenge will take place in the Engineering Innovation Center on Friday.
Nearly 80 Aggie engineers eagerly await the weekend as they prepare to take on real world challenges and make the “Internet of things” come alive.
The third Aggies Invent challenge will kick off Friday at the Engineering Innovation Center, where multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students push their innovative skills and compete for the best solution to several industry sponsors’ need statements.


John Eggerton: Senators Resolve to Promote Internet of Things

Source: “A group of senators has introduced a resolution calling for prioritizing and accelerating the deployment and development of the Internet of Things, which means to broadband connectivity of a host of devices and services.
"The United States is well positioned to lead the world in innovation policy. Our Internet of Things resolution would commit our nation to a national strategy incentivizing the use of new technologies to maximize consumer opportunity and to facilitate economic growth," said Fischer in a statement.
"This forward-thinking initiative


Michal Lev-Ram: The race to the Internet of things

Source: “He’s got the heart. He’s got the brains. But can Brad Keywell’s new startup really beat General Electric to a $19 trillion finish line? Brad Keywell is showing me around Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, a failed public-housing project in the heart of the country’s third-most-populous city. There’s not much to see. The last of the high-rise buildings that once housed 15,000 poor and largely African-American residents on the Near North Side—mottling Chicago’s skyline with a visual reminder of decades of botched integration efforts—were demolished back in 2011. Once a hotbed of gang activity


Ben Sillitoe: Industry collaboration 'set to boost retailer RFID investment'

Source: “More and more retailers are realising the benefits of RFID due to the growing co-operation between software suppliers, hardware and tag manufacturers, according to Uwe Hennig, CEO of Enso Detego.
With various parts of the RFID ecosystem increasingly working together, a factor exemplified by the recent introduction of new guidelines by standards organisation GS1 US, Hennig believes more cost-effective RFID installations are now possible for the retail industry.
At this year's European


Greg Shannon: A ‘Building Code’ For Internet of Things Security, Privacy

Source: “In the fast-emerging IoT, medical device safety is reaching a critical juncture. Here are three challenges InfoSec professionals should begin to think about now. Medical devices -- particularly those worn on or in the body -- are probably the most personal aspects of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and should be as secure and private as possible. Certainly, attention to this new challenge is well-warranted, given current events and trends. Consider the scale of mortality in the medical device field in comparison to the advent


RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media

RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media
The 1st edition of new academic art and science conference series, complemented by the exhibition and festival program
 
October 8-10, 2015, Riga, Latvia
 
The Renewable Futures is a new conference series in the Baltic Sea and North European region that aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments.


Marcus Kirsch: Post Mortem Industries (1): Automotive

Source: “Automotive had a strong year 2014, full of partnerships with big connectors like Google, Apple, AT&T, etc. But the connectedness with the driver’s phone and the self-driving car to reduce accidents feels like navel-gazing compared to the shift car brands and transport services will need to stay relevant. As usual, the seeds of change have already taken ground outside the industry and projecting from other industries like the music industry, which is a few phases ahead in terms of paradigm shifting, can help to get an idea of things to come. So let’s look at trends, phases and the state of automotive in that context. Read more about Marcus Kirsch: Post Mortem Industries (1): Automotive



Nick Griffin: The Internet of things

Source: “Some may remember the exponential growth math problem involving the wheat and the chessboard from early education. That is, if you place one grain of wheat on the first square, two on the second and four on the third and so on (doubling the number of grains on each subsequent square), how many grains of wheat would be on the 64th and last square?
9,223,372,036,854,775,808
 
So it is with technology and connected devices. What started with one mainframe computer in 1960 has grown to one connected device per person with personal computers, to two with mobile telephones,


Stephen Pritchard: The internet of things is revolutionising the world of sport

Source: “Each game in this year’s Six Nations championship will produce two million rows of data, equivalent to more than 1,400 actions (tries, conversions, tackles, passes and so on) per game. This data will be fed to broadcasters, fans (via the official Six Nations app among other channels) and to coaches who can and will use the information to improve player performance.
The idea of capturing data during a sporting event is not new but the richness of the data now available and the speed at which it is gathered certainly is.


Joseph Tsidulko: Internet Of Things Might Be Greatest Risk To Security, Privacy: Sophos Researcher

Source: “Dozens of solution providers went back to school on Saturday night to learn about the latest security threats to online systems, and the business opportunities those threats create for the channel.
 
The Channel Company's 2015 XChange conference got under way in Dallas, Texas with IT Security University, a series of sessions aimed at helping solution providers build successful security practices. The Channel Company is the publisher of CRN.”


Alysia Judge: MIT Develops Picowatt Radio Chip For Internet Of Things

Source: “University releases new research that could help alleviate the vampiric thirst of connected devices for power Internet connected devices require power to send data wirelessly. With the number of these devices set to double to more than 30 million in 2020, concerns have been growing over the amount of energy they’ll require to operate. The problem is that if a sensor is waiting to be polled so it can answer with a snippet of data, the radio has to be in a state where it can be woken up. However, when the device is off, you want the least possible leakage currents.


Connecting people to the Internet of Things

Source: "As the Internet of Things evolves and becomes the Internet of Us, security expert Kaspersky Lab has teamed up with Swedish bio-hacking community BioNyfiken to uncover the realities of connecting our bodies to the Internet.
Once confined to Hollywood blockbusters and Sci-Fi novels, in 2015, the number of humans upgraded by technological devices is increasing in number.
BioNyfiken, a Sweden-based bio-hacking community, is leading the charge in normalising the chipping phenomenon and bringing it to the masses. Their view is that having a smart sub-dermal implant is not so different from wearing an earring or having a tattoo,


Robert Vamosi: Designing For The Internet Of Things

Source: “Writing last week in FastCompany, Gadi Amit, president of New Deal Designs, said “in designing an object, I define what can be done physically or digitally, delivering what kind of experience, at what speed, with what kind of future roadmap for the business and its physical-digital experience.”
This he calls Technology Design, distinct from the more traditional Industrial Design where “…designers were routinely handed a piece of technology as is and asked to wrap it with a beautiful skin,” he said.
In an interview last September, Amit said many so-called IoT smart devices aren’t really smart,


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