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.

Jack Palmer: There is a seismic shift on its way within auto mobility.

Source: „There is a seismic shift on its way within auto mobility. By the end of the 2020s, the world population will swell to over 8.4 billion people – that’s at least 1 billion more people than today! The knock-on effects will define the future of the telematics industry.  Huge opportunities and revenues await those stakeholders that are willing to set their sights on 2020 now. This realisation will draw together over 1000+ senior telematics execs to Telematics Munich


Chris Fox: The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

Source: „Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, recently tweeted a disturbingly poignant fact: While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things (or IoT)


Kachina Shaw: Internet of Things Creating New Job Titles

Source: „Several large tech firms, including Microsoft, Cisco and Texas Instruments, have had a Head of IoT, or Internet of Things, for a year or two now. And the position is becoming more common: Global business process services provider Xchanging appointed Richard Cornish as its first Head of IoT last week, in order to better guide its clients through the changes and benefits that the massive growth in networked devices and items can bring.


Paula Marie Navarra: Wi-Fi Backscatter will Power the Internet of Things

Source; „Researchers have designed the Wi-Fi backscatter, a technology that can connect battery-free devices to Wi-Fi infrastructure.
They're calling the technology first leap to the "Internet of Things" era.
Wi-Fi backscatter is a new communication system that uses radio frequency signals as a power source.
It also reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to different modern devices.


Kenny MacIver: The economic renaissance led by the Internet of Things

Source: „Innovation designer Vito Di Bari sees the addition of online intelligence to billions of everyday objects as the catalyst for the next industrial revolution.
 
This next decade for IT is not going to be dominated by cloud computing, social media or mobile technology, but by the prospect of everyday objects becoming both smart and connected.
 


Scott Amyx: How to Create the Next Billion Dollar Opportunity in Wearables, Internet of Things

Source: „If you’re reading this article, chances are that your company is about to embark on idea generation for wearables and IoT or you’re already knee deep in the process. This article provides a helpful framework to systematically develop the next billion dollar wearable and IoT opportunity that’s right for your firm. In finance, the Efficient Market Hypothesis asserts


Brid-Aine Parnell: t's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards, No, I want to be the one with the bat and the ball

Source: „Intel’s Internet of Stuff standards-seeking group is planning to have a first code drop of middleware ready for developers in the third quarter this year, the firm told The Register. Gary Martz, Chipzilla's wireless product line manager, said that between members like Intel


John Shoemaker: The IoT Challenge

The Internet of Things (IoT) is receiving a lot of attention lately. It is real and will endure for the long term. The IoT fuels relentless transformation, comprising a world of smart products, green initiatives, virtual reality, connectivity and convergence.
The challenge for technology and solution providers is to capitalize on the movement to connect everything using various personal, commercial and industrial wireless mesh networks (or what I term "MeshNets to the Cloud"). Frost & Sullivan estimates that 80 billion devices will be connected by 2020.


Matt Asay: Why The Internet Of Things Is Still Roadblocked Its potential is huge; so are the obstacles.

Source: „It's increasingly a truism that the Internet of Things is going to be a big deal.
 
The main question is when.
While analysts are projecting the need for millions of developers by 2020 to tie together all our smart and not-yet-smart gadgets, there remain significant barriers to lift-off today, as detailed in a new report from IDTechEx.”


Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things – Italian telecom authority seeks inputs



Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable devices to communicate and share data with one another and data to be combined and used across multiple applications.  However, such applications also raise relevant legal issues.  The Italian Telecom Authority (AGCOM) has for this purpose just launched a consultation on the Internet of Things in order to understand how to better foster this market


Tammy Parker: Iotera close to funding goal for free IoT network

Source: „With more than one week left in its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, Iotera--a startup aiming to build a nationwide machine-to-machine network for all manner of connected devices--has raised more than half of its $250,000 goal. Iotera--the "Iot" refers to the Internet of Things--says it has built the "smallest, longest-lasting GPS tracker in the world." That diminutive (43mm x 22mm x 11mm) device--called Iota--is key to the firm's plan for a new nationwide wireless network with no monthly fees.”


Bhanu Singh, Chris Brahm & Prashanth Aluru: Internet of things: The future is here

Source: "The rapid integration of devices with communication systems will lead to large-scale adoption of M2M connections in industries like transportation and smart homes. Intelligent cars that drive and park themselves. Bandages that are capable of telling whether a wound has healed. Retail systems that monitor where shoppers linger. Thermostats that detect the homeowner's arrival and turn up the heat. All these devices - relegated to the future not too long ago - 


China’s digital transformation

Source: "As individual companies adopt web technologies, they gain the ability to streamline everything from product development and supply-chain management to sales, marketing, and customer interactions.

For China’s small enterprises, greater digitization provides an opportunity to boost their labor productivity, collaborate in new ways, and expand their reach via e-commerce. In fact, new applications of the Internet could account for up to 22 percent of China’s labor-productivity growth by 2025, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)." Read more about China’s digital transformation



Jacob Parry: Wearables and the Internet of things will feature prominently at this year's late summer tech fest

Source: „From Aug. 20 to 22, B.C’s startup founders and entrepreneurs will cross paths with their Silicon Valley cohorts (and a healthy number of Sand Hall Road investors) at Grow Conference 2014, which is being held in Whistler for the first time.
 
I spoke with Debbie Landa, founder of Dealmaker Media and the growing family of Grow-branded events and entities—easily the watering hole of Canada’s startup scene—about the upcoming conference.



Indiegogo - Droidles, the Social Network of Robots and Open Source Platform for the Internet of Things, Launches for Crowd Funding on IndieGoGo.com

Source: "Hurley Research LLC today announced the launch of the Droidles Project, the first ever connected network of autonomous robots that evolve together. The Social Network of Robots, Droidles is a 3-part system consisting of cute little palm-sized robots, mobile apps for remote control and simple kid-friendly programming, and an open cloud service with website. Read more about Indiegogo - Droidles, the Social Network of Robots and Open Source Platform for the Internet of Things, Launches for Crowd Funding on IndieGoGo.com



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