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.

Paul Brody: The Internet of Things will cost companies more than they’re ready for

Source: „Though the Internet of Things era has only just started, it may already be broken. Like generals fighting the last war instead of the next one, many companies working to build the Internet of Things seem to be stuck in the smartphone and tablet era, embracing approaches that will soon be obsolete, if they aren’t already. Today, smartphones are powerful hubs surrounded by less intelligent objects. Each device is managed and operated from a few centralized data centers.

Fredric Paul: It's time for the Internet of Things to get serious

Source: "The Internet of Things is a really, really big deal; so why do all the demos seem so trivial?
Depending on who you ask, the Internet of Things will soon be worth up $14.4 trillion by 2022. Or maybe it’s $19 trillion by 2024.
I see the potential, and I want to believe in those lofty projections, but something keeps bringing me back to earth. Perhaps it’s that despite the emergence of practical IoT applications in a number of areas, many people are still scrambling to figure out how to make IoT relevant."

David Roe: Say What? Most Consumers Clueless About the Internet of Things

Source: „A lot of businesses and marketers spend a lot of time developing strategies around the Internet of Things (IoT). But guess what? Recent research from the Acquity Group shows most consumers are clueless about the IoT — and companies and brands may be putting the cart before the horse by trying to sell smart technologies to consumers. In fact, the research shows ignorance about the IoT is the biggest barrier to adoption. A stunning 87 percent of the people surveyed don’t know what it is — and consequently can't see any value in it.”

Howard Solomon: The rise of the Internet of Things: Reality or conspiracy?

Source: "It’s only August but the balloting is near for describing the year in technology. Is 2014 the year of the data breach, or the year of the  so-called Internet of Things? Columnist Gil Press might vote for the IoT, for he notes on that it is the most hyped emerging technology — although it is far from new — today. So why this year, he asked a number of experts. You may find the answers interesting. For example, Bob Metcalfe, inventor of the Ethernet and now professor of Innovation at University of Texas at Austin, blames me. 

Sophie Curtis: Top 5 Topics not to be missed at the Internet of Things Summit

Source: "From the devices running your home to personalised healthcare to smarter cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to have a huge role in the future of business and society.
However, where the IoT promises new opportunities for smoother processes and time efficiency in day to day life, it also opens up new areas for security threats. How will IoT technologies affect the future of the global community, and what challenges do we face by integrating them?

RE.WORK: Emerging Technologies: Plant Monitoring Devices

Source: "In this new blog series we will be exploring the emerging technologies we’re excited about and how they can positively impact business & society. First up we’re looking at plant monitoring devices! It started with the Internet of computers and now, as the development of the Internet of Things is accelerating, products are appearing on the market for plant sensing devices. Is the Internet of Plants next? Plants have amazing and significant sensing abilities - each single root apex can simultaneously and continuously monitor many chemical and physical parameters.

GETD Get Decentralized: Summit & Hackathon 17 - 19 September 2014
 Agora Berlin

Together, we will be discussing the hottest topics of the decentralized web!
We will listen to inspiring talks, exchange knowledge and not least hack the solutions we are passionate about.
At GETD you will meet like minded people in a crowd of super interesting individuals that all share one goal: to collaborate.

Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things and telecom law issues

Source: „Internet of Things technologies require the communication between devices on telecom networks that vary depending on the type of service provided.  Such communications in some cases lead to telecom law issues in relation to the possibility to use the relevant telecom network and obligations triggered by such usage.  These are among the issues that the Italian telecom authority, AGCOM and the UK telecom authority, OFCOM, will be discussing during the current consultation on the Internet of Things.

Rick Merritt: US Launches Smart Cities Effort

Source: „Uncle Sam is looking for more than a few good engineers to help build smarter cities around the world.
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology is putting out a call to deploy the Internet of Things in smart cities applications around the US, Europe, and Asia. ARM Holdings, Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, and Qualcomm have already signed up to participate in what amounts to a second round of the Smart America program.
Vendors and municipal agencies that want to participate

Frank Ohlhorst: Kickstarter campaign pushes security for home IoT devices

Source: „It's no secret that security technology has been continually evolving since the dawn of the digital age. However, what many IT administrators fail to realize is that some of the best security solutions come from some unlikely sources, thanks to the age old axiom of "necessity is the mother of invention."
The security demands of the burgeoning market of internet-connected devices, often referred to as the the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT devices,

Don Bailey: All In For The Coming World of 'Things'

Source: "At a Black Hat round table, experts discuss the strategies necessary to lock down the Internet of Things, the most game-changing concept in Internet history.
The thing that always gets me the most about Las Vegas is how easily you can get lost at the tables. The craps table, the blackjack table, the poker table. There are endless tables with blinking lights and 8bit soundscapes that soak up your time and energy, leaving you feeling dried up, spat out, and generally wallowing in malaise. But, one table I'm proud to stay stood out from the crowd: the Black Hat

Dan Newman: Does Privacy Exist On The Internet Of Things?

Source: „Over the last month there has been an unfathomable amount of content published about the massive privacy intrusion that isFacebook Messenger. With the ability to intrude into the lives of its users in ways that the NSA would never think to, it isn’t a surprise that the new download brought such strong opinions; many of which served as recommendations to not download the application. The good news about the widespread dialogue on messenger is that it brought to light the issues that surround privacy of data. Further implicating what some of us

Steve Wilson: Who'd have picked a BlackBerry for the Internet of Things?

Source: „BlackBerry once relied on security and simplicity as key differentiators for winning over enterprise smartphone users.
But over the past five years, the company found itself trying to compete in a smartphone market that placed greater value on other features – namely a sexier user interface (touch instead of keyboard) and a broader app ecosystem.
Now BlackBerry has made a string of security acquisitions in order to return to one of its key value propositions

Jack Palmer: 

The IT and auto manufacturing industries are converging, meaning auto OEMs can no longer limit themselves as manufacturers of 'wheels and steel' only.

The IT and auto manufacturing industries are converging, meaning auto OEMs can no longer limit themselves as manufacturers of 'wheels and steel' only.
In a recent C-level discussion amongst telematics execs from Ford, General Motors and Kia, Read more about Jack Palmer: 

The IT and auto manufacturing industries are converging, meaning auto OEMs can no longer limit themselves as manufacturers of 'wheels and steel' only.

Antonio Skarmeta: Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC)

The Internet of Things represents a key enabler for realization of smart cities as it enables interaction between the smart things and an effective integration of the real world information and knowledge into the digital world. The smart (mobile) things instrumented with sensing and interaction capabilities or identification technologies will provide the means to capture information about the real world in much more detail than ever before as well as the means to influence the real world entities and other actors of a smart city eco-system in real time. Read more about Antonio Skarmeta: Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC)


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