Snoopers’ Charter will cause extreme rise in business costs, say UK IT professionals

London, 1st September 2015 – The UK Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ by critics, has already been met with contention from tech giants, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, who have stressed they will not voluntarily co-operate with it. And new research published today by IP EXPO Europe, Europe's number one IT event, reveals that nearly three in five (58%) of UK IT departments fear an increase in business costs as a result of it.

Bill Cromwell: The internet of things, demystified

Last week Ralph Lauren rolled out a new shirt that uses built-in sensors to track your heart rate, energy output, stress levels and calories burned.

The shirt can send that information to your iPhone or other connected device, which will use it to analyze what more you could be doing for your health, such as eating more green smoothies and fewer peanut butter cups.

The shirt doesn’t blend up the recommended smoothie, but it might as well.

Welcome to the internet of things.

Daniel Nazer: Stupid Patent of the Month: A Drink Mixer Attacks the Internet of Things

Imagine if the inventor of the Segway claimed to own “any thing that moves in response to human commands.” Or if the inventor of the telegraph applied for a patent covering any use of electric current for communication. Absurdly overbroad claims like these would not be allowed, right? Unfortunately, the Patent Office does not do a good job of policing overly broad claims. August's Stupid Patent of the Month, U.S. Patent No. 8,788,090, is a stark example of how these claims promote patent trolling.

Beginners' guide to the Internet of Things

If you haven't the foggiest notion what the Internet of Things is all about, here are the answers to some obvious questions:
What exactly is the Internet of Things?   
Basically it's any 'thing' connected to the internet. Not long ago that was computers and computers alone. Now, of course, wi-fi has allowed mobile phones to be almost permanently connected to the net, hands, ears and eyes of the world with experts predicting more than 26 billion mobile phones will be online by 2020 (at which time conversation will officially cease to exist.)

Didier Manning: Putting people at the heart of the city

As the Global Program Manager for Smart Cities at the Bosch Group, I have talked to many city representatives and stakeholders in recent years. I’m surprised to see that in many places, city planning is still done the way it was several decades ago: planners go to the traditional city departments such as urban planning, councils, economic development, etc., ask what their needs are and then evaluate them.

Michael Krigsman: Formula 1 racing: Sensors, data, speed, and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about collecting, aggregating, and analyzing data from devices and sensors. And Formula 1 race cars are among the most interesting of those "things."

A quick look at the Formula 1 technology site presents the latest technical developments used in these race cars.

Michelle Dade: New Report Identifies Tech as infrastructure’s tipping point

The innovative power of 3D printing, commercial drones, self-driving vehicles, electricity storage, and the Internet of Things are pushing the North American infrastructure market toward a tipping point, according to the latest study by the nation’s preeminent infrastructure advisory firm.

CG/LA Infrastructure’s Building Prosperity: 2015 Strategic 100 North American Infrastructure Report identifies those strategic projects, all incorporating transformative technologies to unleash $376 billion in infrastructure opportunities over the next 18 months.

Benjamin Snyder: India releases list of 98 'Smart City' candidates

India’s government has just announced the names of nearly 100 cities that are expected to become “smart,” according to the Economic Times.

There are 24 state capitals included with the 98 cities selected for the program. The Times reported that 13 of those cities fall in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. There are also 12 cities in Tamil Nadu, 10 in Maharashtra, six in Gujarat and Karnataka and four in West Bengal and Rajasthan, according to the publication.
There are two more cities that still need to be decided.

Robert Bierwolf: Management Challenges of IoT

Much has been written around a number of related themes such as the Internet of Things, Smart Industry/Industry 4.0, Smart Energy, Smart Cities, Smart Health Care, Smart Homes, Smart Transport, Big Data, Cloud and Anything as a Service. But there is more than technology that meets the eye.

Join us, get inspired, debate, discuss with some specialist speakers covering multiple angles from this Future Internet, our future.

Irene Lopez de Vallejo: Art in the IoT roundtable

When - Monday 7 September from 2-5pm
Who - This event is an initial scoping exercise to work out what role the Digital Catapult can play in bringing together the thriving Art, Design and Internet of Things communities across the UK, to share experience and skills. 
What can we do to influence and support the design of next generation IoT products and services? 

Yash Mehta: Unique Internet of Things companies and start-ups

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) technology is already taking the world by storm and everyday there seems to be a new innovative idea, venture or simply a thought which gets affixed with it. With the advent of a technology as outreaching as well as innovative as the Internet of Things, it is needless to say that the world around us will get largely affected by it.


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