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.

Christian Borcea: Internet Of Things: New Architecture Needed

Source: „Today's Internet architecture isn't ready for the scale of what the IoT should become. Here's a proposal for something better. The vision everyone keeps touting for the Internet of Things, where billions of devices are sharing information and completing tasks to improve the efficiency of daily life, relies on access to a planetary-scale Internet. Unfortunately, today's architectures can't handle the needs that the Internet of Things will demand.

Mark Melin: Goldman Projects “Internet of Things” To Become Biggest Mega Trend Yet

"The investment bank looks at the development of the Internet in three stages: the fix Internet of the 1990s, using primarily desktop computers; the mobile internet of the 2000s, utilizing smart phones and tablets; and now the Internet of Things, which includes connecting wearables, cars homes cites and industrial concerns.  The first and second phase connected up to 2 billion people while the Internet of Things is expected

Samantha Murphy Kelly: The Internet of Things: Everything You Need to Know In 2 Minutes

Source: „You can't go a few days without hearing how the "Internet of Things" is going to transform the way we live, and on a basic level, the so-called smart revolution is only now getting started.

Although the name itself is a bit grand and — at the same time — vague, it's actually quite simple: It's products and things that are web-connected. 

Michael Mehaffy: What Can a 'Science of Cities' Offer Planners?

Source: „Research across a range of fields is beginning to offer useful new guidance for planning policy and practice—and pointing the way to more effective "bottom-up" strategies.
The urbanist Jane Jacobs was famous for her withering 1961 criticism of modern urban planning: it was, she said, a "pseudoscience" that was "almost neurotic in its obsession to imitate empiric failure and ignore empiric success." Since then, by some accounts,

Dan Woods: How the 'Internet of Things' Is Transforming the Meaning of Product

Source: „At one point Steve Jobs offered to buy Dropbox, explaining to the founders that their cloud-based file system was really a feature, not a product. In my view Jobs was right with respect to Apple’s definition of a product. But what he failed to understand was that the Internet had fractured the meaning of the word product. Dropbox and many other companies have proved it is possible to build a great business

Ben Kepes: GE And Frost Collaborate On Internet Of Things/Industrial Internet Incubator

Source: „GE is perhaps the best example of a traditional business that is rapidly becoming a software house. While GE may be best known for manufacturing big heavy plant items (wind turbines, jet engines and the like) it is, in fact, morphing to become a company that sees itself delivering customer solutions that are, in part, driven by software. This isn’t just marketing speak, GE has been investing huge amounts in Read more about Ben Kepes: GE And Frost Collaborate On Internet Of Things/Industrial Internet Incubator

Jesse Berst: Smart meters trapped between benefits and dangers, claims Forbes

Source: „Just when you think it's safe to go back in the water, the smart meter debate has been elevated to the national level by several publications, including Forbes. Smart meter installations in the United States are expected to progress steadily over the next 10 years. That is because they offer a range of benefits to both utilities and their customers. Even so, according to Forbes Magazine, smart meter deployments

Ben van Lier: Information crucial when considering future mankind

Source: „We need to accept our connection with technology. Only then can we move ahead, believes ICT strategist Ben van Lier.
My clothing and accessories are becoming steadily more communicative. The sensors in my Nike shoes are connected wirelessly to my smartphone and reveal my current location to my relatives, how fast I am running and whether I am keeping up with the training schedule obtained from Nike. My shirt by OMsignal

Ben van Lier: Schumpeter and the Second Machine Age

Source: „The Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) is seen as the founding father of economic theory about innovation. Schumpeter defines innovation as a fundamental change in an existing economic cycle, made possible by combining new technology with for instance new or existing production methods. These new combinations are introduced into the economic cycle by entrepreneurs who are aiming to obtain a position within existing markets by using these new combinations Read more about Ben van Lier: Schumpeter and the Second Machine Age

Oort on Kickstarter

Source: "We’re used to tapping our phones and instantly getting the results that we want – whether we’re looking for a new restaurant, finding movie times or just checking our email. But when we get home, the process is still pretty primitive. We turn on lights individually, flip on the television and fiddle with the air conditioner.
But what if you could make your phone a remote control for all of those appliances? In the morning, you could tap a button and turn on the coffee machine. As you leave, you could make sure all of the lights are off. And, when you’re coming

Internet of Things Inspires a Marriage Between OT and IT

Source: „The global trend lab VINT, set up by Sogeti to explore the impact of new technologies, is launching its third report in a four-part series on Internet of Things. In this report VINT gives insight into the Fourth Industrial Revolution; the marriage between factory automation, aka Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT), in which the industry is taking the lead. This marriage is realized by Internet of Things; the evolution making everything and everyone connected to the internet. Read more about Internet of Things Inspires a Marriage Between OT and IT

Arthur Goldstuck: Media Future: Inside the Internet of Things

Source: „We heard much about the Internet of Things and Big Data, but now it’s getting practical. If the Internet of Things and Big Data sound like impersonal approaches to high-tech, listen again. Increasingly, the two are being put together with mobility and social networking to allow companies to respond with unprecedented speed to customer demands.
Take the Red Robin restaurant chain in the United States. A while ago

Rebecca Tugus-Dubrow: Can the “Playable City” Make Smart City Critics Smile?

"Such urban whimsy would constitute a “playable city,” according to the UK-based organization Watershed. All of the above concepts were either winners or finalists in Watershed’s Playable City Award, now in its second year. (This year’s winner, the shadow project, was announced earlier this month.) The goal of the award is to encourage use of technology to foster an engaging and playful urban environment. Read more about Rebecca Tugus-Dubrow: Can the “Playable City” Make Smart City Critics Smile?

Andrew Tyrer: Can Britain lead the Internet of Things?

Source: „London was buzzing with activity last few days to mark the inaugural “London Technology Week”. Among the events was the annual convening of the Internet of Things Forum, where Andrew Tyrer, the digital lead specialist at the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the UK’s innovation agency that is sponsored and funded by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, was one of the speakers. He writes here about the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) industry, the opportunities in the sector, and about TSB’s latest

Mary K. Pratt: The Internet of Things figures into this IT leader's five-year plan

"What's the biggest pain point in your IT operations right now? Like most companies, you buy systems and live with them for a long time. There are a couple of things we'd like to move away from. [For example,] we have an older work-order system that we use for key parts of the business. It's on a mainframe, and we want to move away from that system and move it into other systems we have that are more modern. It's a lot of business architecture work Read more about Mary K. Pratt: The Internet of Things figures into this IT leader's five-year plan


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