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.

Jesse Berst: Europe begins smart water project rollouts

ACCIONA Agua, the water services division of ACCIONA, a global renewable energy, infrastructure and water services group, will deploy Spain's first smart water grid in the western city of Cáceres as part of a European project that aims to apply new technologies to the management of drinking water networks.  As the water concessionaire for Cáceres, ACCIONA Agua will introduce the new "smart water" technologies in the town's historic quarter and city center, Read more about Jesse Berst: Europe begins smart water project rollouts



Vera Coelho: Doctoral Consortium on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods

Source: "The 3rd International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods - ICPRAM 2014 would like to promote a forum where PhD students who have already started their research can present their PhD projects and discuss their research questions and research methodologies with an advisory board composed by some of the most eminent researchers present at the venue of the conference. Read more about Vera Coelho: Doctoral Consortium on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods



Rose Powell: Product development lessons from a start-up focused on the “internet of things

Source: "They may look like Christmas lights – and they are – but MooresCloud lights are the results of hundreds of hours of musing about the future of technology and the coming transition to “the internet of things”. “We’d been talking about the internet of things for a long time, and we realised we could turn this into a business and product,” says co-founder Kate Carruthers. Read more about Rose Powell: Product development lessons from a start-up focused on the “internet of things



Gordon Hui: Should Your Product Connect To The Internet Of Things?

Companies that are successfully adapting and innovating Internet of Things platforms are focused on identifying meaningful opportunities, not just technologies. These opportunities bridge a practical understanding of what embedded computing could potentially do with a clear hypothesis about what will change the game for a large consumer segment or cross-section of industries. Read more about Gordon Hui: Should Your Product Connect To The Internet Of Things?



Gary Audin: The Internet of Things Will Change Your Business Model

Source: "Various forms of post-sale maintenance will become more common, and may change how you deal with your vendors.
The Internet of Things (IoT) goes well beyond human Internet users. Some predict that by 2015, not only will 75% of the world population have access to the Internet, so will 6+ billion devices.
Traditional business models focused on the sale of an item, with post-sale revenue coming from maintenance. Read more about Gary Audin: The Internet of Things Will Change Your Business Model



Umbrellium: to enable citizens to join together in making sense of, contributing to, and creating their cities

Source: "Umbrellium creates and commercialises participatory products and services that empower people to transform their cities. We are a team of architects, designers, commercial experts, producers and creative technologists with years of proven experience in designing and deploying award-winning participatory platforms Read more about Umbrellium: to enable citizens to join together in making sense of, contributing to, and creating their cities



Lorna Goulden: Imagine: your own light always with you

Lorna Goulden: If Light Could Fly
: 'Approaching innovation with a deliberate focus on the end-user, I tend to adopt a rather simplified categorization of technology; looking at it from an enabling capabilities perspective where it is either evolutionary or disruptive.
Evolutionary technologies tend to provide a smaller, faster, more standardized and efficient iteration of existing capabilities, enabling us to do what we could already do, only a lot better. Read more about Lorna Goulden: Imagine: your own light always with you



In Sunnyvale CA? : Welcome to OSIOT Meetup #10.

Source: "Michael Koster will show how an Open Stack approach can be used to create an IoT platform from existing software components.

A macro Model-View-Controller pattern provides architectural framework.

IoT Toolkit is combined with Node-RED and the Mosquitto MQTT broker to enable distributed event-graph programming of IoT applications. Read more about In Sunnyvale CA? : Welcome to OSIOT Meetup #10.



The ideas freed by speculative design increase the odds of achieving desirable futures.

Speculative Everything offers a tour through an emerging cultural landscape of design ideas, ideals, and approaches. Dunne and Raby cite examples from their own design and teaching and from other projects from fine art, design, architecture, cinema, and photography. They also draw on futurology, political theory, the philosophy of technology, and literary fiction. Read more about The ideas freed by speculative design increase the odds of achieving desirable futures.



Jeremy Rifkin: Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) that will change the way power is distributed in the 21st century.

The Third Industrial Revolution will also bring with it a more democratic economy. The distributed nature of renewable energies necessitates collaborative rather than hierarchical command and control mechanisms. This new lateral energy regime establishes the organizational model for the countless economic activities that multiply from it. Read more about Jeremy Rifkin: Third Industrial Revolution (TIR) that will change the way power is distributed in the 21st century.



The Quintessence of Internet of Things | Issue 13 - 2013

We believe that megacities will be the nation-states of the future,” states Bernd Heinrichs. “In 50 years we might even not have any countries any more.” But the Internet of Things not only means change for the established nation-states. Karim Khebere reminds the group of countries in Africa, Asia or South America: “The Internet of Things will drive their development such that they start catching up the industrialised nations much more rapidly. Read more about The Quintessence of Internet of Things | Issue 13 - 2013



Worldwide Application Server markets grow in Internet of things

Source: "There are now 6.9 billion cell phone registered, paying users.It is anticipated that the apps market will expand from $24 billion in 2013 to $35 trillion by 2019. This expansion of mobile computing at the device level is nothing compared to what is happening at the machine to machine communications, with sensors being located everywhere, and monitoring of those sensors proliferating. Read more about Worldwide Application Server markets grow in Internet of things



China sets up first state-level IOT alliance

Source: "Chinese enterprises and research institutions on Thursday established the country's first state-level industrial alliance for the Internet of Things (IOT). IOT refers to digital networks of physical objects that are linked by the Internet and interact through web services. Everyday goods will be connected to the Internet and be identified by other devices. Launched by the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation... Read more about China sets up first state-level IOT alliance



Maria Deutscher: Internet of Things Review: Tablets Are All the Rage

Microsoft’s plans for the Internet of Things extends far beyond the tablet market. Insiders revealed on Tuesday that the company is prototyping a Google Glass rival in an effort to catch up to Google in the wearable tech arena, a rapidly growing segment that is expected to reach $19 billion in revenues by 2018. The device reportedly features a camera and advanced Internet capabilities." Read more about Maria Deutscher: Internet of Things Review: Tablets Are All the Rage



Jo Brookes: RFID to speed up the glue for real now in Internet of Things

Source: "Back in 2009 when RFID was a lesser known term, Scientists at the University of Bristol created tags so small that they could be glued onto ants to track how they decided where to form colonies. As personal and industrial technology devices become more sophisticated, embedding RFID into items at the point of manufacture seems a more realistic venture. Read more about Jo Brookes: RFID to speed up the glue for real now in Internet of Things



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