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.

Dana Blouin: Casting Light on the Internet of Things

Source: „Smart bulbs were among the first products to have commercial success in the connected home. While simple in theory, they have the very practical application of allowing users to control electric lights from smartphones or tablets.
Interactivity is one of their key features. The lights allow users to interact with them in a number of new ways and offer other features that standard bulbs do not. Take color, for instance. Users can cycle through colors to change the mood of a room or make it more relaxing.
Of course the bulbs are also energy efficient because they are light-emitting diode (or LEDs).

Atmel Joins Forces with ARM on Internet of Things Development Platform

Press: „Today at ARM TechCon, Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, is announcing a partnership with ARM on the mbed device platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).
This partnership broadens the ecosystem support for developers using Atmel's portfolio of secure, low-power and cost-effective wireless connectivity solutions, specifically the Atmel SmartConnect Wi-Fi and 802.15.4-compliant solutions. Additionally, IoT developers for smart wearables

Giulio Coraggio: Connected cars – legal issues and hurdles!

Source: „Connected cars are expected to generate $ 131.9 billion by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.7% from 2013 to 2019.  But such growth shall face legal issues that not only affect data protection matters, but also have an impact on product liability issues, telecom law obligations, security and data loss risks. 
Connected cars are the subcategory of the Internet of Things relating to technologies that for instance can prevent accidents detecting other vehicles around the car or monitor the body conditions of drivers to prevent accidents if he feels sick or falls asleep.

City Pulse and SocioTal at Meetups and at EU Open Days

In The Open Days IoT Workshop - 9th October - Borschette centre, Mirko Presser will focus on the communication of IoT through scenarios.  Mirko Presser is the Head of Research and Innovation for the Smart City Lab at the Alexandra Institute working on Open Data and the Internet of Things in the context of Smart Cities for Citizens. He is also the president of the IoT International Forum since it was founded in June 2013. The reason for talking about the IoT in terms of scenarios is to get an understanding of how widely the IoT will impact people, government and businesses – us. If we focus on technology, specifications

Michael Dixon: Is Your City Ready to Join the Internet of Things?

Source: „Michael Dixon, is general manager for IBM's global smarter cities business where he leads IBM's vision, strategy and operations for helping cities apply analytics, mobile, cloud and social technologies. He contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The so-called Internet of Things has passed from future-world fantasy to present-day reality, showing up on fridges, cars and even people. Clip-on fitness monitors like FitBit, Jawbone and Cityzen's sensor-embedded fabrics give average citizens an easy way to monitor their health and share progress with friends or even track their favorite pro athlete.”

Schneider Electric’s Approach to the Industrial Internet of Things

Source: „One of the hottest technology trends today across industries is the Internet of Things. Here’s how Schneider Electric is delivering the connected capabilities and underlying technologies for customers to implement Internet of Things initiatives.
The Internet of Things may be a concept of relatively recent vintage, but the reality is that the technologies that enable the Internet of Things (IoT) are already here. That's most likely the reason why the IoT has captured the imagination of so many businesses—as the benefits are not dependent on some future

Darrell Etherington: Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less

Source: „Google’s Scott Jenson, an interaction and UX designer who left the company only to return to the Chrome team last November, has revealed a project underway at the company called The Physical Web to provide “interaction on demand” so that people can walk up and use any smart devices without the need for intervening mobile apps. This would make it possible for users to simply walk up to a bus stop and receive the time until the next arriving bus, without any additional software needed.

Stacey Higginbotham: Thingful upgrades its search engine for the internet of things

Source: „Want to find the nearest sensor to your home or generate a list of oil tankers in the Gulf of Mexico? Thingful, a search engine for connected devices, can help.
Thingful, a startup out of the U.K., aims to build a search engine for the internet of things, and it has upgraded its beta effort with some new features. The site allows people to find connected devices, from shark monitors to Raspberry Pis, based on the object and where it is located.
For example, it might be great to discover a Netatmo weather station located

RE.WORK: Wearables: The New Personal Trainer?: Peter Li

Source: Peter Li is CEO and Co-Founder of Atlas Wearables, best known for their fitness tracker that replicates the experience of having a personal trainer. Peter’s background and focus revolve around data analytics and machine learning techniques that vastly improve user experience for wearable technologies. We caught up with Peter ahead of the Internet of Things Summit San Francisco to hear his thoughts on the wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) industries. Sophie Curtis: What is the greatest opportunity in your industry to positively impact business and society? 

RE.WORK: Data Transparency is Key to IoT Success: Florian Michahelles

Source: Florian Michahelles is the head of research group of Web of Things at Siemens Corporation, Berkeley. Together with his team he investigates to smooth data exchange between the devices to eventually make machines smarter and collaborative.
Sophie Curtis: Please explain your current role at Siemens. How/why did you join? Where were you before?
"My current role at Siemens allows me to head the web of things research team in Berkeley.

Susan Kuchinskas: How to Respect and Protect Your Users’ Privacy in the Internet of Things

Source: „A tech executive I know has his vacation home totally wired. Using his mobile phone, he can find out who’s arrived at the house, whether the boat’s at the dock, and even whether there are enough eggs in the refrigerator. He’s a guy who loves to play with gadgets and to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Soon, with more connected products available off-the-shelf and simpler ways to connect them, this ability to draw information from a variety of internet-connected sensors, cameras and devices will be everyone’s expectation. Read more about Susan Kuchinskas: How to Respect and Protect Your Users’ Privacy in the Internet of Things

Nicole Lee: ARM attempts to speed up 'internet of things' adoption with new platform

Source: „It's the year 2014, and we've yet to have our flying cars and commuter jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the "internet of things." It's essentially the idea of connecting everyday objects -- be it thermostats or kitchen appliances -- to the web, in an effort to make our lives easier. As wonderful as that sounds though, development of new IoT technologies can be slow, due in part to the multiple different protocols in existence today and how tiresome it is to create an ecosystem from scratch. Read more about Nicole Lee: ARM attempts to speed up 'internet of things' adoption with new platform

VDV Research: More Than 60% of Electronics Makers Say the Internet of Things is Already Impacting Their Business Models

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way electronics makers conduct business, according to a recent VDC Research survey of more than 400 engineers and executives (click here for more info). The IoT enables electronics companies to sell more units, to charge higher prices for connected products, and to collect additional revenues through usage fees and bundling of cloud and cellular services.

Chris Rezendes:Sensing the potential of the Internet of Things

Source: „If you haven't heard of the "Internet of Things," you're not alone. The move to attach sensors to physical objects that communicate with us and each other is still in its infancy, but its potential is global. In one of its more familiar aspects, IoT includes new consumer products with wearable sensors, such as the Fitbit wristbands that track steps, calories, and other personal data. But that's only a small piece of the data that can be recorded and analyzed by connecting devices and machines, according to Chris Rezendes, Dartmouth resident and founder and partner of New Bedford-based INEX Advisors.

Laura Entis: Why the Investment Potential of the 'Internet of Things' May Be Overblown

Source: „Remember how, back in the early 1990s, virtual reality was about to explode onto the scene, transforming everything from the way we taught our kids to the way we consumed media? Or what about gamification? Just a few years ago, the buzzword was offered up as the solution to everything from disengaged employees to America's obesity problem. Both emerging technologies had their time in the sun, but the lofty predictions have failed to materialize. Despite Facebook's recent $2 billion purchase of Oculus


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