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.

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.


Billy Mitchell: Can the Internet of Things Save the Economy? This Economist Thinks It Will Help

Source: "There's an abundance of excitement surrounding the Internet of Things revolution, but typically you hear it from tech pundits and fan boys and girls talking about Internet-connected toasters and such. The Washington Post Tuesday hosted the "All Things Connected" forum at its headquarter to discuss the emergence of digital interactivity and connectivity between devices. While most of the discussion was much of the same we've all heard before – politicians pushing privacy, tech companies letting you control your home from afar – an economist speaking on the panel had high hopes for how the Internet of Things


Howard Baldwin: Why CIOs Need To Think About The Internet Of Things

Source: "In a stunning example of provincialism, the Washington Post hosted a live forum entitled “The Next Phase of Internet & Connected Things” Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. local time, accommodating east coasters and Europeans and ignoring the fact that those of us in Silicon Valley haven’t even had our first cup of coffee that early. But because I’ll be covering the topic for Computerworld later this year, I got myself up from bed and sat down at the computer to listen in.
 
I’ve previously questioned where we are with the so-called Internet of Things, but the WashPo webinar exposed issues that CIOs will need to think about


John Kennedy: Can Ireland profit from the internet of things?

Source: „Google’s acquisition in January of NEST, the maker of a self-learning thermostat created by Tony Fadell, designer of the iPod, left many people scratching their heads. What would an internet giant want with a home appliance? The answer is in the question - Google, and many other tech giants, entrepreneurs and inventors, have their eyes fixed on the future of the internet - a world where a myriad of devices, sensors and widgets connected wirelessly will gather and share data via Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth or fibre - a world far removed from the computer screen of recent decades and the smartphone screen of today.
The internet of things is effectively the internet in physical form.


Special Report: The Internet of Things

Source: " The Internet of Things, or IoT, which you probably have heard about with increasing frequency, is not a second Internet. Rather, it is a network of items—each embedded with sensors—which are connected to the Internet.
The IoT’s true value lies in the data the interconnected items share. IoT might, for example, lead to improved highways, more efficiently run hospitals, and changes in how things are shipped. But to get to that next level, the IoT has to overcome several obstacles. It needs more intelligent sensors that can talk to each other, as well as better and faster analysis tools to deal with the deluge of data, to say nothing of common standards. There are also societal concerns such as how to keep personal information private."


Justin Smith:The 'Internet of Things' Will Reshape Advertising Agencies

Source: "There are two important drivers of the next evolution of the Internet, known as the Internet of Things.

First, changes in consumer behavior and the broad adoption of mobile devices are dramatically changing how (and how much) people consume and create Internet content.

Second is a massive proliferation of devices connected to the Internet.

These include everything from smartphones, fitness wearables, and thermostats to cars. Where consumer behavior and connected devices intersect is the crux of the opportunity that exists for advertisers. Read more about Justin Smith:The 'Internet of Things' Will Reshape Advertising Agencies



Claire Vanner: PTC on taking on the Internet of Things

Source: "As the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates the opportunities available from connected services, software and service solutions company PTC is helping the service technology industry to ease their production lifecycle management.
PTC has embraced the trend with the acquisition of IoT platform provider, ThingWorx, in January 2014.
Brian Lindauer, SVP solutions and product strategy at PTC spoke to CBR about the impact the IoT is having on the industry how Thingworx will help PTC take on the connectivity challenge. Why do companies need to consider the IoT as part of their service offering? What's happening is not unlike what happened in the late 90s


Rex Moore and Lyons George: The Internet of Cars Will Really Drive the Internet of Things

Source: "The Internet of Things -- or IoT -- was one of the biggest topics at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin. The impact of this technology on our economy is expected to far exceed that of smartphones. One of the biggest beneficiaries of IoT will be your car, which is becoming a rolling extension of your home. General Motors (NYSE: GM  ) is now offering 4G connectivity in many of its vehicles. Ford (NYSE: F  ) is working on direct connectivity with your home. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) is able to push out updates over the Internet to your car, eliminating costly trips to the shop. Motley Fool analysts Rex Moore and Lyons George


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