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.

Chantal Polsonetti: Industrial Internet of Things Survey Results Part 1: Motivations and Expectations

Source: „Will the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) turn out to be the next big revolution in manufacturing? Information from IoT-connected devices promises to lower costs, optimize processes, and provide a platform for business innovation; but concerns about security and standardization could stand in its way.
ARC Advisory Group, in conjunction with Automation World magazine, conducted a short web survey in the first half of 2014 to gauge the industry's perspective on this current hot topic.


Alex Nunez: 3 Ways the Internet of Things is Shaping Brand-Consumer Relationships

Source: „For several years now, a connectivity revolution has been slowly brewing all around us; everyday objects like recycling bins, dishwashers, and smoke alarms are going online one by one, adding to the fabric of the Internet that connects us all. As we connect ever more items to this Internet of Things (IoT), the relationship between consumers who use the objects and the brands that manufacture them will invariably change. For businesses looking to stay relevant in the era of IoT,


Rich Quinnell: The Internet of Things Versus Slumlords

Source: „It is a sad fact of life that the disadvantaged are often victims of abuse, because they lack the resources to fight back. But knowledge is power, and the right data can be an ally in legal efforts to confront the abusers. The Internet of Things can provide that data, and the group Heat Seek NYC plans to use it to combat slumlords in New York City. Heat Seek NYC describes itself as a "civic hacking project" with the goal of ensuring that no New Yorker spends the winter in a frigid apartment. To that end, the organization has developed an IoT thermostat and launched


John Brandon: Is there a microchip implant in your future?

Source: „You can inject one under your skin and no one will ever notice. Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life.
Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. 


Michael J Smith: The Dawn of the Experience Era

Source: „Gone are the days where we are forced to fit our digital environments. Gone are the days where the human experience accommodates technology. Like it or not, we are entering into a new era of human-technology interaction where human experience is the driver. Where technology practically disappears and weaves itself into the fabric of our everyday lives. Call it what you will – ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, Internet of things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M), computing for human experience (CHE) –  the fact is, we are no longer looking Read more about Michael J Smith: The Dawn of the Experience Era



Evan Ramstad: At Logic PD, the 'Internet of Things' means more than remote controls


Source: „One of the buzz phrases of the moment in high-tech is the “Internet of Things” (IoT) — most simply explained as hooking up items such as your garage door or thermostat to the Internet so you run them from your smartphone or computer. But the possibilities to transform products and businesses go far deeper. A Minneapolis company called Logic PD, with offices at a former Studebaker carriage factory in the North Loop, is at the edge of helping other companies figure that out.


Bill Bien and Hubert Selvanathan: Capitalizing on opportunities presented by the Internet of Things

Source: „ The Internet of Things (IoT) is literally and figuratively everywhere. It is almost impossible to avoid this topic in technology circles – whether from industry research, blogs or company white papers, and expectations are high. Between now and 2022, Cisco estimates that IoT will drive economic value (increased revenues and reduced costs) of $14.4 trillion.
While the amount of noise created on this topic is loud and increasing


Margaret Rhodes: MIT and Marriott Are Testing a Matchmaking Table Fed by LinkedIn Data

„….That said, it’s possible that the next generation of Tinder-swiping, Secret-sharing business travelers won’t mind. Indeed, Boghani said the group of MIT test users weren’t as concerned with privacy as the developers were. That kind of insight is why Marriott looked to MIT for ideas in the first place: “We went to them because they’re super-smart, but they’re also our future target,” Cahill says. “They are the consultants and travelers who will be staying in our hotels for the next 25 years.”


Alessandro Bassi: Meet IoT - Roma Caput Futuri

Where? New technologies and applications related to Internet of Things: this is what will be presented to a huge public on Sept. 30th and Oct 1st, during the panels of Meet IoT, which will be held in the Music Park Auditorium designed by Renzo Piano.  
Supported by the Innovation Week, this event is focusing on how IoT will change everybody's future, and will look at different aspects: not only Technology, but also Economic and Social sustainability, and how International Cooperation can influence its adoption. Domotics, Smart cities and wellness are only few of the domains that will be


There Is A Quiet And Peaceful Revolution Going On

Source:„There’s been a quiet but powerful entrepreneurial revolution in the Middle East that’s been hidden from global eyes by the incessant news about political revolutions and military shenanigans. The slow rise to prominence of the tech business sector and the general global move towards more entrepreneurial based economies has seen multiple influential players recently focus on making the entrepreneurial ecosystems sustainable. MENA Prestige has been tracking such developments with keen interest. The biggest ecosystem building news came from one of the smallest countries. Read more about There Is A Quiet And Peaceful Revolution Going On



Zoran Basich: The Daily Startup: Will the Internet of Things Fit Ifttt, Or Go Pffft?

Source: „The Internet of Things–the idea of a vast, connected network of devices that can communicate with each other and with us–is a new high-tech buzzword, and some companies are starting to shift their strategies in that direction. Norwest Venture Partners has led a $30 million round for Ifttt (“If This, Then That”), maker of a tool that enables software to take actions when certain conditions are met, Lizette Chapman reports for VentureWire. Now the company is moving beyond Web and mobile applications and focusing more on devices Read more about Zoran Basich: The Daily Startup: Will the Internet of Things Fit Ifttt, Or Go Pffft?



Brian Pereira: How Businesses Should Prepare For Internet Of Things

Source: "The IT industry creates new buzzwords every few years and this year everyone is talking about Internet of Things and Internet of Everything.
But what really is the true definition of IoT and what are its constituents? How should businesses prepare?
There are several definitions. But IoT or IoE is really about networks, devices, people and processes – and how these are all getting interconnected. The enabling technologies are mobility, cloud computing, big data analytics and social –


KlinT Finley: How to Use the Internet of Things to Fight Slumlords

Source: „Google’s Nest thermostat makes it easy to save money by automatically turning down the heat when you’re not around. But many people don’t have the luxury of controlling their own temperature settings, let alone the money to buy expensive gadgets that can do it automatically. But now a group of civic-minded hackers is using the Internet of Things to at least help these folks keep their apartments warm.
To guard the safety and health of tenants, New York and many other cities require landlords to keep inside temperatures


Paul Brody: The Internet of Things will cost companies more than they’re ready for

Source: „Though the Internet of Things era has only just started, it may already be broken. Like generals fighting the last war instead of the next one, many companies working to build the Internet of Things seem to be stuck in the smartphone and tablet era, embracing approaches that will soon be obsolete, if they aren’t already. Today, smartphones are powerful hubs surrounded by less intelligent objects. Each device is managed and operated from a few centralized data centers.


Fredric Paul: It's time for the Internet of Things to get serious

Source: "The Internet of Things is a really, really big deal; so why do all the demos seem so trivial?
 
Depending on who you ask, the Internet of Things will soon be worth up $14.4 trillion by 2022. Or maybe it’s $19 trillion by 2024.
I see the potential, and I want to believe in those lofty projections, but something keeps bringing me back to earth. Perhaps it’s that despite the emergence of practical IoT applications in a number of areas, many people are still scrambling to figure out how to make IoT relevant."


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