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.

Abul Kalam Azad with Robin Gazi: Vehicle owners forced to shell out for new plates and tags, RFID fails to stop auto theft

Source: „Zillur Rahman lost his car minutes after he parked it at the TSC on Dhaka University campus on June 8 evening. He rushed to Shahbagh Police Station nearby, and a wireless message was dispatched about the theft. He also talked to a few top police officials until midnight asking for help to find the car.
Zillur, a consultant at the World Bank, tried to contact the BRTA (Bangladesh Road Transport Authority) Elenbari office in Tejgaon, which is equipped to track vehicles, but failed as the office was closed by then.

Deadline extended to: September 29: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

The vision for an Internet of Things calls for an open, inclusive and standards-based environment that fosters innovation. Reference to the Internet in this context relates to its transformational effect over closed proprietary systems, and its ability to enable a creative commons of innovation. Yet, the reality of the IoT today is one of fragmentation, characterised by information silos that are seeking to protect competitive advantage: Makers of innovative IoT products and services favour defensive strategies aiming to safeguard Read more about Deadline extended to: September 29: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services

Brian Krassenstein: FirstBuild Wants You to 3D Print The Enclosure For Their Green Bean, Smart Home Maker Module

Source: „Think back 15 years ago, if you are old enough to remember, when the internet was in its infancy and the possibilities endless. The possibilities still may be endless, but the world has changed. The internet, as a technological backbone, has changed our every day lives in ways we never could have imagined in 1999. The companies who were first to embrace the internet are the ones who are leaders in today’s business world.
Here we are, almost a decade and a half removed from that time

Simon Bisson: Hands on with Microsoft's Internet of Things platform

Source: „Back in April, at its BUILD developer event, Microsoft announced its Windows On Devices plan to bring Windows developers to the Internet of Things. That was followed by the launch of a beta program, where selected developers would receive a modified Intel Galileo development board that could be used to try out Microsoft's latest Windows.
I signed up for the program, and a couple of weeks ago I got an email to let me know that my Galileo board had shipped. A few days later it arrived, and I've been experimenting with it to see how Microsoft has brought Windows to devices that don't have screens or keyboards.

Rick Delgado: Potential Hurdles Limiting the Internet of Things

Source: „The hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) is immense. The basic premise behind the IoT is to connect everyday objects to the internet through tiny sensors, allowing them to communicate with businesses, consumers, and each other. The potential for innovation is certainly there, and startups and major corporations have already come up with some intriguing ideas from internet-connected refrigerators to app-controlled light fixtures to smart clothing.

A lot of people see the Internet of Things as the next great frontier of technology and consumer products, but just because many are predicting it doesn’t make it inevitable. Read more about Rick Delgado: Potential Hurdles Limiting the Internet of Things

Chris Harding: The Internet of Things -- Chasing the waves

Source: „Few people have heard of microcontrollers, but a great many people own them. They are found in household appliances such as fridges and TVs. They are small computers that, for example, manage the dials and display on a washing machine, open and close the taps, start and stop the drum, and perform other functions for the user's selected wash program. More complex devices have several microcontrollers. A car, for example, might contain 30 of them.
Manufactured by the million, and costing a few dollars each, they have been a standard feature of product design for years. What is new is that they are becoming connected to the Internet. The result is the Internet of Things.

John Kennedy: Tyndall and TSSG plan €82m fund for 10 internet of things start-ups

Source: „Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG and University College Cork’s Tyndall Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding to target €82m in EU funding to support 10 internet of things start-ups.
The research bodies aim to draw down the €82m from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
“Our combined staff of 580 hardware and 120 software engineers, support staff and scientists, together with Tyndall and TSSG’s world-class infrastructure make this partnership uniquely qualified to deliver,” said Dr Kieran Drain, CEO of the Tyndall National Institute.”

Peter Blixt: „We need your views and contributions on the direction of Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) in the Work Programme 2016-'17 of Horizon 2020.

Peter Blixt: „We need your views and contributions on the direction of Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) in the Work Programme 2016-'17 of Horizon 2020. For that purpose, we have launched a public survey in order to obtain your views. Your input is very important to us and will be kept strictly confidential (used only for the purposes of consultation for this survey).

Patrick Marshall: SCALE brings Internet of Things to public housing

Source: „If the Safe Community Alert Network (SCALE) – a SmartAmerica Challenge project now up and running in Montgomery County, Md. – demonstrated one thing to its team members, it was that turning the Internet of Things into a reality is going to be a collaborative undertaking. “We thought we were putting in an IBM proposal on some piece of infrastructure,” said John Cohn, IBM fellow and chief scientist for computer-aided design when he arrived at the SmartAmerica Challenge kickoff last year. “Instead it turned into a kind of speed dating thing, where they put a whole bunch of smart people in a room,

Patrick Thibodeau: Lens-less camera, costing pennies, brings vision to the Internet of Things

Source: „There's a type of camera technology emerging with a view of the world similar to what a honey bee sees. The images appear blurry and hazy, but if you're a bee, good enough for finding flowers and people to sting. It could also be perfect for the Internet of Things by making it cheap to add vision capability to just about anything. This is Rambus' first proof-of-concept device. Researchers took an off-the-shelf camera development kit, removed the cover glass protecting the photodiodes, and replaced it with a 4 mm-x-5.5 mm glass chip with diffraction gratings on it.

PSFK Labs: Why ‘Access’ Will Define the Internet of Things

Source: „Maintaining a free ecosystem within the Internet of Things is crucial to the survival of our freedom as individuals, and society as a whole. We’ve all run into the headache of interoperability between devices. A program that runs on your personal MacBook won’t run on your Windows PC at work, and suddenly you’re the unwitting participant of a corporate stare-down that you’d probably rather avoid. This is known as vendor lock-in, and for most of us it’s the norm.
But could you imagine if certain websites would only open for MacBook users? What if certain Internet service providers only let Playstation consoles connect to the Internet?

Helder Coelhas: International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods

The conference will be sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and held in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA) and International Neural Network Society (INNS). INSTICC is Member of the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC). The Logistics Partner is the Science and Technology Events (SCITEVENTS).

Jeroen van Mastrigt/Bregje Peys: THE ASEM PLAYFUL CITIES WORKSHOP

The discourses surrounding the rise of the ‘Smart City’ focus on the promise of smart systems and big data to make processes in our cities more efficient, controllable, transparent, safe, etc. The concept of the Smart City will be explored from a more human centered approach, focusing on the use of smart technologies in combination with creative design and game design thinking to create meaningful city experiences for citizens, an open, creative and generative city culture and trust. ‘Playful Cities’ is proposed as an alternative way to look at smart cities and ‘game design thinking’ as an alternative way to look at urban issues in relation to systems design. Read more about Jeroen van Mastrigt/Bregje Peys: THE ASEM PLAYFUL CITIES WORKSHOP

From the Isfahan workshop: a coffee machine that adjusts caffeine levels

You are driving home after lunch at the Abbasi Hotel, the oldest in the world, and as you are nearing your home you are getting a bit tired, noir really sleepy, but still. Your smart watch registers this and through a private cloud in the car (that can be linked to public gateways and a Esfahan Cloud) sends you the message through the voice system in the car that the coffee is ready. In this scenario the car could ultimately be switch off gently, or directed to a road with less traffic. To alert the driver to the seriousness of the situation, a car is a weapon dangerous to himself and others, the car could tease him to think about writing his will Read more about From the Isfahan workshop: a coffee machine that adjusts caffeine levels

Ross Dawson: The new layer of the economy enabled by M2M payments in the Internet of Things

Source: „Last week I gave a keynote on The Future of Banking to a group of the most senior risk leaders in a major bank, sharing some provocative ideas on how the banking landscape may change in the years to come.
One of the ideas I shared briefly was on how micro-payments between connected devices could enable an entirely new layer of the economy.
Payments between things
Imagine that the roads are populated by driverless cars.
You might be in a hurry, and be prepared to pay a little each time anot


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