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: Short report from the 2nd Internet of Things Meetup in Ghent @iMinds

The four presentations touched upon the key issues that we are facing today. The atmosphere in the Meetups resembles that of the old guilds in the sense that it is not about the quantity, but the quality of the people. This quality is tied to having a set of skills and expertise that is always partial. The main characteristic of the attentdants then apart from feeling confident in some aspect of IoT is a deep curiosity and longing to share ideas and what is more important: worries, questions and hesitations. Read more about Rob van Kranenburg: Short report from the 2nd Internet of Things Meetup in Ghent @iMinds

Marcus Kirsch: Agencies need to reevaluate the role of their technologists

Source: „A recent boom in partnerships between automotive and technology companies shows how many industries agree that collaboration is the way of doing business in the third era of the internet.
Proof of this trend can be seen in the recent boom of partnerships between automotive technology and information technology companies. GM, BMW, Volvo and Honda are linking up with the likes of Apple, IBM and Google.
The industry has realised that their existing 'plumbing' can be used to grow and innovate in partnership with technology firms.

Matthias Poppel: The Age of Closed Proprietary Systems Has Come to an End

Source: "A major challenge implementing the Internet of Things (IoT) is deploying large numbers of sensor and actuator nodes and connecting them in a suitable way. The characteristics of energy-harvesting wireless technology make it the perfect fit to bridge the last mile in an IoT network: small devices working without cables and batteries allowing a simple installation as well as quite easy gradual up-scaling in the number of deployed units. At the same time, the components require minimal service and maintenance effort.
But wireless and self-powered communication of the numerous nodes is just one building block for a wide adoption

Chris Gaylord: What is the Internet of Things?

Source: "You've likely seen glimpses of this concept in movies and TV shows.
Science fiction promises houses that will take care of you, instead of the other way around. Product designers have finally started to deliver on this vision of the future, and it seems that Google wants to help lead the way.
The Internet of Things involves the ability of home appliances to "talk" to each other.
There are already Philips light bulbs, Audi cars, and Samsung laundry machines that can communicate with smart phones, so why can't they make the next leap and talk directly to each other?"

Sarah Lay: Digital local government: a future in Google Glass and the internet of things

Source: „ Councils vary wildly in their willingness to grasp the potential of digital services. Some are using digital technology to help them reshape services, create centres of innovation and harness the enthusiasm of their staff, while others still struggle to get their websites to work properly.
Too much investment has been made in large, unwieldy systems. In fact, local government has been doing the wrong digital activity really well for the past 10 years, according to Devon county council's Carl Haggerty, chair of the LocalGov Digital network. But this is now starting to change. Innovators, experts

Democracy reboot: re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe

On 14 March, we are hosting the D-CENT launch at Nesta. We invite you to attend and participate in our working group sessions. 
D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating decentralised and privacy-aware applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. Together with citizens and developers, we are creating a decentralised social networking platform for large-scale collaboration and decision-making. 
The panel will dive into new ways of strengthening citizens’ participation and deliberation in the political process by looking at already existing digital tools for open democracy and new frameworks for institutional innovation.

Discover IoX: Internet of People and Things - M2M Forum, Milan, May 19-20 | 2014

Source: "M2M Forum is the International leading conference & expo displaying business matching, one-2-one meetings and networking in the machine-to-machine and Internet of Things scenario. A comprehensive Conference Program features international case histories and experiences in the Energy & Smart Grid market.
A datum point for a selected target of C-level from user companies, Public Utilities, Public Administration and carriers, as for M2M and IoT start-ups willing to link to potential Venture Capitals through networking & business matching.
2013 Edition counted more then 1000 visitors and about 70 exhibitors.

Ajit Jaokar: „Mobile World Congress review – from an IOT and Disruption perspective”

Source: "Here is my review of the Mobile World Congress. This year, for the first time, I was invited to attend the GSMA Ministerial programme as part of my work in being the co-author for Digital world in 2030 report to be released in the European parliament next week
This blog is a personal perspective (i.e. related to the above report – but my own views).
It tracks disruptive trends and I present a perspective / viewpoint on the industry.  It is biased towards IOT – which is also a personal focus – especially due to my teaching for  ”Big data analytics and algorithms for cities” at the City sciences

Warwick Ashford: Internet of things cannot be about products alone, warn experts

Source: "The UK technology industry has welcomed government support for work on devices that communicate over the internet, but warned that security and infrastructure cannot be overlooked. At the weekend, prime minister David Cameron announced an additional £45m funding for the development of internet of things (IoT) technology at the CeBIT technology show in Germany. This takes government funding for IoT technology to £73m as part of efforts to make the UK a world leader in digital technology. But while there is agreement on the potential benefits of IoT technology

James Swift: SXSW14: 'Internet of things' start-ups pitch to R/GA

Source: "R/GA's Austin office held a session for investors on Saturday 8 March where they heard pitches from start-ups nurtured by the digital agency as part of its connected devices accelerator. The agency has been working with the start-ups since December, helping them create a brand for their businesses. On Saturday nine companies pitched to venture capitalists and brands, including R/GA clients Johnson & Johnson and Nike. Ten start-ups were originally selected, but one declined to pitch on the day.
The start-ups had developed products and services

Lou Frenzel: The Connected World Awaits

Source: "The Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are hot technologies, dominating recent articles, blogs, conferences, and webinars. They won’t fully emerge this year, but great progress is being made in developing and deploying them (see “Who’s Doing What In IoT And M2M”).
M2M has been around for a while, but the IoT movement is still developing. Both technologies are looking for a few good applications, with several now on the market. The future will be more interesting when everything is connected.
M2M is the automated remote monitoring and control of objects

When the Internet of Things was 'Not Very PC' and Europe still firmly leading

Source: "Mary and Alex Murray, retirees living in Corstophine, a suburb west of Edinburgh, use a personal computer mainly to exchange e-mails with their grandchildren. "The family pushed us into using it," says Mary, 65. But getting the PC to do what they want has been a "hair-tearing experience," even for Alex, 74, a trained engineer. "PCs have their own language and their own logic which sometimes defeats me," he says. The Murrays, like most people, have often wondered if there isn't an easier way. 

There is--and it may be coming soon to a cafe, pub or even a park near you.  Read more about When the Internet of Things was 'Not Very PC' and Europe still firmly leading

Siraj Datoo: The internet of things is embedding itself into everyday items

Source: „The world of the internet-connected toothbrush is well and truly in full swing, after Oral B became the second company to launch a bluetooth-connected toothbrush at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month. The premise is simple: the toothbrush connects to your smartphone and help you to understand the areas you typically tend to miss when brushing.
This could provide information for consumers such as understanding the best time to change the head of the toothbrush. It also allows doting parents to check that their children have been sufficiently brushing their teeth.

Wayne Rash: Big Data, Internet of Things Take Center State at CeBIT 2014

Source: "CeBIT 2014's Top Innovator collection includes a massive big data display, while the Internet of Things display shows off everything from connected luggage to huge crop harvesters. Walk into CeBIT's Halle 16 on the massive grounds of the former Hannover World's Fair and you'll find yourself surrounded by what is perhaps the largest visualization of big data ever created.
There printed on a membrane that surrounds the interior of the 5,000-square-meter space (that's just under 54,000 square feet) are visualizations of big data expressed in graphical form, some of which is changing in real time.

Antonio Jara: CFP: Fourth International Conference on the Internet of Things 

October 6 - 8, 2014
Sponsored by: Auto-ID Labs
Technically co-sponsored by: IEEE, IEEE Technical Committee on RFID (CRFID)
The 4th International Conference on the Internet of Things is seeking original, high impact research papers on the following topics: 


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