Mike Farion: Internet of Things technologies that will actually make a difference

Source: "News stories about the Internet of Things (IoT) tend to focus on fun consumer gadgets like an internet-enabled doorbell that sends audio and video to your smart phone. But the real story of the IoT will be industrial M2M connectivity. We'll be expanding our network topologies and capabilities with new technologies and billions of new devices. We'll keep existing equipment connected and communicating as well, as much of our legacy infrastructure is too complex and too valuable to be cast aside. Short term goals will include eliminating unplanned device downtime and optimizing asset performance.

Digital Universe Invaded by Sensors

Source: „Today, the average household creates enough data to fill 65 iPhones (32gb) per year. In 2020, this will grow to 318 iPhones.
EMC Corporation today announced results of the seventh EMC Digital Universe study, the only study to quantify and forecast the amount of data produced annually.
This year’s study titled “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Internet of Things,” with research and analysis by IDC, reveals how the emergence of wireless technologies, smart products and software-defined businesses are playing a central role in catapulting the volume of the world’s data.

The Internet of Autonomous Things: Strong Devices, Weakly Connected

Source: "„Trends are good, but use is king. The bottom line is that you don't go far in the embedded/connected world before you see the need for autonomous behaviour, beyond simply streaming data to and receiving commands from a cloud.....Putting it all together, this is a dimension of the future Internet of Things we see coming. Strong devices, weakly connected to their cloud masters. Devices running complex, high-level code, making real decisions, and devices that continue working with or without network connectivity. This is not to say that the weak device scenarios are invalid, but the realities around network availability and use cases

Council needs your help!

Dear all,
We would like to start a questionnaire in the main newspapers in the countries where you all are.
And we would like to then start a good relationship with the editor to do quick and dirty surveys on a regular basis.
Can you send this to the IT editor or general editor of the biggest newspaper in your country?
Dear Madam, Sir,
Council is the number 1 Thinktank on a topic that may have come across your desk recently, the Internet of Things. We recently set up IoTDAY with our partner Postscapes and we received a lot of feedback from citizens and not only developers and IT experts.

Michael B. Farrell: The Internet-connected home

Source: "Yes, that is your refrigerator telling you it’s out of milk, and your plant asking for water.

Welcome to the Internet of Things, or Your House is Alive, and seemingly every appliance, device and random piece of hardware is connected to the Web and waiting for you to tell it what to do. A new wave of technology using sophisticated sensors and other measuring tools is quickly turning otherwise normal household hardware such as thermostats, locks, light bulbs, and garage doors into smarter devices that can be controlled remotely via the Internet and in some cases are clever enough to learn a users’ habits and adjust themselves accordingly.

Meghan Neal: The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades

Source: „The internet is still reeling from the Heartbleed bug discovered this week, which ripped a hole in the popular OpenSSL encryption library that left web servers bleeding out buckets of data—and not just any data, the kind of data people had specifically taken pains to protect: private information, passwords, cryptographic keys, security certificates, and so on.
But with all eyes trained on the huge swatch of the web that was found vulnerable to the nasty bug, let's not forget that thousands of network-connected devices, the nascent Internet of Things, are also embedded with OpenSSL.

Tracy Sherlock: Rifkin: "Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure — the Internet of things (IoT) — is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead."

Source: „While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant

Nestor Bailey: Toby Boudreaux: Designing a Technological environment to bring people together

In an age of ubiquitous devices and sensors, privacy becomes an activity rather than a default state.  Source: „In anticipation of his presentation at the PSFK CONFERENCE 2014 we spoke with Toby Boudreaux, the CTO of Control Group who helped create the new MTA’s subway wayfinding kiosks. Read his thoughts below on how the universal Internet of Things is inevitable, but it will be a subtle reorganizing of our current world rather than a totally new one..The most significant pattern I see lately is the embrace of peripherals and intelligent objects/spaces after a few years of

Rick Blaisdell: The Internet of Things creates business opportunities like never before

Source: „In terms of business models, the Internet of Things (IoT) shift is generating unprecedented opportunities that can be seized by companies to develop new services, enhance productivity and efficiency, improve real-time decision making, solve critical problems, and develop new and innovative user experiences.
Basically, IoT represents a tremendous opportunity for various types of companies, including IoT application and service providers, IoT platform providers and integrators, telecom operators and software vendors.

Amy-jo Crowley: Five Internet of Things devices you’ve never heard of

Source: ..."The Situ food nutrition scale is designed to help users weigh their food and see nutritional information on their iPad via an accompanying app.
AwoX, a provider of multimedia interconnection technologies for the home, released an LED light bulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
French startup Cityzen showed off a sports shirt embedded with multiple sensors at Mobile World Congress in February it claims can record a player's heart rate, GPS location, temperature and speed.

Council becomes a Knowledge Partner for RE.WORK

Council is a Knowledge Partner for
RE.WORK Technology Summit, Berlin, 19-20 June 2014
RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit, San Francisco, 6-7 November 2014
RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit, London, 12-13 March 2015
RE.WORK summits focus on exponentially accelerating technology and its impact on business and society. 
The Internet of Things Summit brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.


Has anyone seen Ben lately?


know when your friends are near

know when something happens close by
spontaneous organization and disorder flows
[everyone within a mile radius here now]
publish your morning walk somewhere
meeting places invisibly sign posted [skateboard here wednes- days]

Internet of Things and Co-creation; open event, Fo.am Brussels

As part of the activities of WG Co-creation of AC08 of the IERC and WP6 Sociotal we will be have an informal gathering on co-creation, participatory design and ‚temporary togetherness’ in Internet of Things in Brussels, on April 18 at Fo.am from 10-1600.
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34
1080 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 5135928
Email: bxl@fo.am
Please RSVP at kranenbu@xs4all.nll
Limited to 10-15.

Zafar Anjum: From 'Compulsive Connectivity' to the Internet of Things

Source: „In this interview with Karthik Ramarao, the NetApp APAC CTO discusses the changing storage needs of businesses in Asia. You moved from Dimension Data to NetApp. What has been your focus in the last one year?
Karthik Ramarao: The industry is going through such a tectonic shift now. The perception of IT is changing; customers perceive IT very differently today. The traditional buyers of IT are also giving way to new types of buyers. Previous IT managers and CIOs who used to hold that fort of IT desires and define what IT needs to be, continues to change, and basically that's happening quite rapidly in this industry.

Ben van Lier: Can Machines Communicate? - The Internet of Things and Interoperability of Information

Source: "In the years ahead, more and more physical objects will be connected to the Internet. These connections will enable objects to exchange and share information among themselves. This way, slowly but surely, an Internet of Things will develop. In this Internet of Things, objects are not only connected to each other, but also to people. At random communication between objects is also called machine2machine communication. This communication is based on the idea, thought up by Shannon, that communication takes place by means of messages


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