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.

Now You Can Donate Your Leftover Subway Fare To Charity, With A Simple Swipe What if all the money that goes to waste on a useless transit card could be donated to the local food bank?

Source: “Zander Whitehurst didn’t have a lot of money. The 22-year-old Oxford University graduate flew from London to New York, at which point he planned to obtain his masters degree from New York University’s prestigious Interactive Telecommunications Program. But soon after landing, Whitehurst realized that what little funds Read more about Now You Can Donate Your Leftover Subway Fare To Charity, With A Simple Swipe What if all the money that goes to waste on a useless transit card could be donated to the local food bank?

IoT Nexus: Connectivity is the only industry event targeted at connectivity providers in the internet of things.

IoT Nexus

Connectivity is the only industry event targeted at connectivity providers in the internet of things. Internet of Things leaders from across the globe will explore how to solve connectivity challenges to drive innovation and deliver profit and present real end-user case studies from all the major Internet of Things verticals.

Natasha Lomas: Ex-Nokians Crowdfund A Device To Democratize The Internet Of Things

Source: “Nokia’s exit from the mobile making market earlier this year, selling its devices division to Microsoft who went on to make swingeing staff cuts in the acquired division, has a silver lining in bolstering the local startup scene, via all this freed up expertise in connected devices.
Haltian, a Finnish design services startup, is one such ex-Nokia staff startup. It designs and builds connected hardware for others but is now also taking a crowdfunding route to push a connected developer device of its own

Sue Halpern: The Creepy New Wave of the Internet

"One reason that it has been easy to miss the emergence of the Internet of Things, and therefore miss its significance, is that much of what is presented to the public as its avatars seems superfluous and beside the point. An alarm clock that emits the scent of bacon, a glow ball that signals if it is too windy to go out sailing, and an “egg minder” that tells you how many eggs are in your refrigerator no matter where you are in the (Internet-connected) world, revolutionary as they may be, hardly seem the stuff of revolutions; because they are novelties, they obscure what is novel about them." Read more about Sue Halpern: The Creepy New Wave of the Internet

IoT China 2014 & CVITS Expo 2014 kicked off in Shanghai

Source: “As an important component of the events that took place during Shanghai Intelligent City Week, IoT China 2014 & CVITS Expo 2014, in the form of conferences and expos, were held in ShanghaiMart on October 28 and 29.
The themes for this year's exhibition, "IoT: Leading the Intelligent Life" and "IoT: Leading the Intelligent Travel", focused on three major topics: Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and Intelligent Transport. A wide range of topics including cutting-edge IoT technologies, intelligent city and community,

Greg Satell: How A Small Radio Shop Overcame Disruption And Found Itself At The Center Of The Internet Of Things

Source: “We live in an age of disruption.  As of 2011, only 67 of the original Fortune 500 companies were still in business.  Meanwhile, Gartner estimates that by 2017, 50% of the applications for the Internet of Things (IOT) will come from startups less than three years old. The truth is that success often breeds failure.  Firms develop core competencies, begin to prosper and build out a distinct model.  Then the market environment shifts

Andrew Sadauskas: IDC predicts Internet of Things market will be worth $US3.04 trillion by 2020

Source: “The worldwide market for the internet of things (IoT) is set to reach $US3.04 trillion by 2020, according to figures published last week by IDC.
The figures, published in a report titled Worldwide Internet of Things 2014-2020 Forecast: Forecast Update and Revenue by Technology Split, show around 30 billion devices are set to be connected to the internet of things by 2020.”

Carlo Ratti: Smart cities need a little chaos to innovate

Source: “ Our planet’s cities are growing at a staggering rate. Today, more than half the world’s population lives in cities.
London has grown from 1 million to 8.5 million in 140 years, while Mumbai, Lagos, Istanbul and Sao Paulo have grown by at least 200,000 people per year in recent decades, with Lagos growing by 600,000 per year – a rate of 70 people per hour.
Today’s urban space is changing rapidly. Ubiquitous computing, with its “internet of things” corollary, is creating the so-called “smart city”.

Awesome Stuff: Sound The Alarm

Source: “The Point is an interesting new take on "the internet of things" and sensors. It's a little device with a bunch of sensors designed to alert you on your phone, if it senses something is wrong in the house. If it hears breaking glass, for example, it can alert you. Or if the noise is too loud (and unlike some other devices it doesn't send the content over the internet, it just alerts you). It tracks noise, air (smoke), temperature, humidity and some other things and can send alerts and also light up differently in the home as well. It's a rather different take on these things, done in a way that doesn't feel as privacy-invasive as a number

Jeffrey Burt: Dell Sees PCs as 'Hub' of IoT

Source: “The tech vendor won't sell smartphones or wearables, but will offer the infrastructure and analytics to handle the data.
Michael Dell and other Dell executives were vocal during the three days of Dell World 2014 this week about the critical role of the PC in the company's larger initiative to grow the company's capabilities as an enterprise IT solutions and services provider. In order to be an end-to-end solutions vendor, a company needs both ends of the equation, from the PC through the data center and into the cloud, Michael Dell said several times during the show in Austin

Stephen Goldsmith: The Responsive City; engaging communities through data-smart governance

The structure of government is the problem.
Progressive government produces regressive ends in cities. It eliminated corruption and abuse of discretion with accountability and rule-based measures to make sure people weren’t abusing power. A century later - public employees are pinned in boxes. Against that we have the complexity of current society and insufficient resources in cities. Source

Abdul Basit: Drones essential for smart cities of the future

Source: “Drones are going to reshape the smart cities of the future and its commercial use will help save time and operational cost for film makers, property developers, real estate companies, logistics firms and farmers, among others. Dubai has already announced its plan to become a smart city and the emirate is preparing for its transformation into a smart city by harnessing the power of technology in order to build a new reality in the emirate. His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

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Nick Ochsner: Bugged Bins: Local cities tracking your trash

Three cities in Hampton Roads are using high-tech computer technology to track how often residents are recycling.
The technology, known as radio frequency identification, allows users to gather information using radio frequencies.
In this case, RFID chips are put on recycling bins. The chip sends information to the recycling company contracted by the city each time the bin is dumped into the truck.

Ben Bold: More women than men excited about 'internet of things'

Source: “The vast majority (83%) of women will embrace "connected living" and the "internet of things" and actively use it in their lives, compared to 80% of men, according to research from Toluna, the online research and survey technology provider. More generally, the survey found that 58% of all UK consumers are either very or quite excited about connect tech. Across the board the research unearthed greater levels of enthusiasm for the internet of things among females, with 41% of women saying they believed technology would help them organise Read more about Ben Bold: More women than men excited about 'internet of things'

Karl Mondon: Internet of Things promises benefits, downsides

Source: “Tom Coates has outfitted his San Francisco home with 13 different types of Internet-connected gadgets. He checks his smartphone connections to the hydrometer on his yucca plant, his table-top video and audio security gadgets, and his table lamp. The toy robots are not yet hooked up to the Internet.
These are examples of Internet-of-Things devices that experts fear might reveal personal data about their users:
— Web-connected TV: By recording what programs you watch, it could reveal everything


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