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.

Living bits and things 2014, Bled, June 2 - 5, 2014: IoT driving business to empower the society

Source: "Discover the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies and Smart Living in Central and South East Europe. Join us in Bled to find out more about deployments of existing applications and services.
Connect with companies and organizations in the region, get involved and be present in the market and IoT industry. 

For the fourth year in the row the Living bits and things 2014 event will take place. It will be held from 2th to 5th June 2014 in Bled, Slovenia.

The ICoICT 2014 theme is “Internet of Things (IoT) : Infrastructure, Computation, and Its Application”.

Source: "On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we take the pleasure to invite you to ICoICT 2014 (The 2nd International Conference of Information and Communication Technology) that will be held on 28-30 May 2014, in Grand Royal Panghegar Hotel Bandung, Indonesia. ICoICT is an international forum for those who wish to present their research and innovations. It also offers good opportunity to discuss the main aspects and the latest results in the field of Information and Communication Technology, while enjoying the celebrated beauty of Bandung and the friendliness of its people. The ICoICT 2014 theme is “Internet of Things

Dennis Siegel: motion sensitive RFID bike alarm system by dennis siegel
all images courtesy dennis siegel

Source: " Conceived by german designer Dennis Siegel, the ‘RFID bikealarm’ is a motion sensitive electronic alarm system that is attached to the rails of a bike saddle. the device features omnidirectional movement sensors that detect tiny fluctuations an acceleration, emitting a 120db siren that scares away potential thieves. The internal micro controller is able to distinguish between theft and harmless vibrations, for instance a passing tram or regular pedestrian traffic. to mobilize the alarm system, the interaction is quite simple; users hold the unique radio-frequency identification tag close to the security enclosure to activate or dis-activate the ‘RFID bikealarm’." Read more about Dennis Siegel: motion sensitive RFID bike alarm system by dennis siegel
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Christopher Mims: How the internet of things could make media physical again

Source: „Not so long ago, every act of consumption began with a ritual. We pulled records from sleeves and perched them on turntables, slid books from shelves, watched as VHS tapes were ingested with a soft ca-chunk.

Qleek, from Paris-based startup Ozenge, aims to return our digital media to a state in which they can be collected, stored, handled, played and shared in the same way that physical media were, once.

The makers of Qleek want you to pick up a wooden hexagon printed with, for example, the artwork for an album or mix, place it on a reader, and hear the corresponding tracks play on your device of choice. Read more about Christopher Mims: How the internet of things could make media physical again

Matt DiLallo: The Internet Might Actually Start Paying You To Use It

Source: "Your house is robbing you blind, and you probably don't even know it. Each day it picks a few dollars out of your pocket and hands them to your local utility, or worse, just throws them into the trash. Add it all up and we're talking about hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that your house is quietly costing you each year.
Thermostats control about half of a home's energy. However, simply owning a programmable thermostat isn't enough, it actually needs to be, well, programmed. That one step can save the average consumer 20% of their utility bill or an average of $173 per year. However, most of us fail to properly program our thermostat."

Mohana Ravindranath: New skills are needed to work on Internet of Things

Source: „The “Internet of Things” — technologists’ vision of a network of billions of connected devices — has attracted the attention of tech giants including Cisco, Intel and General Electric, all of whom have internal business units dedicated to building the infrastructure for that network. The market could also create demand for a new kind of IT specialist — those who can both engineer new products and process the data they collect, analysts and industry experts say. “People need to be able to work with data — often unstructured data at very large scales, and need to be able to explore it,” Saxenian said. “Then they need to be able to communicate it with decision-makers.”

Tyler Crowe: This Technology Is Our Only Real Shot at Addressing Climate Change, and It Could Make You Rich in the Process

Source: "Regardless of your thoughts and opinions on climate change and the scope of how much anthropological carbon emissions affects the global atmosphere, we all can agree on one thing: Emitting less carbon is a good thing, especially if it can be done without impeding economic growth. For years, the battleground for climate change has been on the energy generation side, pitting alternative energy options like wind and solar against fossil fuels. The problem with fixating on this side of the argument, though, is that even under the most ambitious outlooks for alternative energy growth, Read more about Tyler Crowe: This Technology Is Our Only Real Shot at Addressing Climate Change, and It Could Make You Rich in the Process

Frank Schmidt: How energy harvesting can make the Internet of Things happen

Source: „Energy harvesting wireless is just starting to unfold its potential. The rapid improvement of components and system design setup will open up new applications in many aspects of life. Together with the Internet moving towards IPv6, the batteryless approach can even lay the foundation for an Internet of Things. Energy is everywhere within reach, it just needs to be harvested: this is the principle of energy harvesting. Today, energy harvesting wireless solutions are already well established in the commercial building automation sector. Here, batteryless sensors, switches and actuators provide the needed data to control a building’s energy consumption

Alex Handy: IBM draws a (red) line from the Internet of Things to developers

Source: „The Internet of Things is coming! But just how do you prepare for it? IBM is betting that developers will approach the Internet of Things like engineers, and has thus created Node-RED, a simple point-and-click development interface designed for supporting the development of applications that require functionality or input from physical devices. In practice, Node-RED comes off looking and feeling like a more advanced version of the popular free Web tool If This Then That, or is just what it sounds like: a Web page where users can (in plain English) create API links, for instance, “If Facebook is updated, then copy the update text and paste it to Twitter.”

Open Journal of Internet of Things (OJIOT): Call for Papers

Open Journal of Internet of Things (OJIOT): Call for Papers
Note: Publication fees are completely waived for all accepted manuscripts submitted before 1st March 2014!
Open Journal of Internet of Things (OJIOT), an open access online journal, publishes original and creative research results on the internet of things. OJIOT distributes its articles under the open access model. All articles of OJIOT are fully open access and online available to readers free of charge. Accepted manuscripts are published online immediately.

Tom Canning: Australian manufacturers urged to benefit from Internet of Things

Source: "Razor thin margins, increased competition, globalisation; all of these forces have allied, making it harder to make a profit.  But just when things were at their bleakest for device manufacturers, the dawning of the age of the “Internet of Things” promises to transform the industry. According to IDC, by 2017 the Internet of Things market will amount to $7.9 billion, with the biggest growth predicted in consumer, manufacturing, resource and public sector verticals. If this growth estimation is correct, manufacturers must evolve their revenue models to monetise their connected devices and ultimately, stay alive. Read more about Tom Canning: Australian manufacturers urged to benefit from Internet of Things

Emily Adler: The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be Bigger Than The Smartphone, Tablet, And PC Markets Combined

Source: "The numbers being forecast for the Internet of Things (IoT) are truly mind-boggling. BI Intelligence finds that the number of everyday and enterpries devices that will soon be connected to the Internet — from parking meters to home thermostats — will be huge. 1.9 billion devices today, and 9 billion by 2018, according to BII estimates, roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers, and PCs combined.
It will drive trillions in economic value as it permeates consumer and business life.

Sébastien Ziegler: We invite you to fill a very short survey (less than 5 minutes) on IPv6 and the Internet of Things

We invite you to fill a very short survey (less than 5 minutes) on IPv6 and the Internet of Things. By doing so, you will support our research on this topic and get access to a summary of the main results. The present survey intends to analyse the potential of the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) for the Internet of Things. IPv6 has been designed to solve the limitations of IPv4 and to provide an almost unlimited number of Internet (IP) addresses. The survey can be filled in less than 5 minutes and gives you the opportunity to support the research and to receive the survey results. Read more about Sébastien Ziegler: We invite you to fill a very short survey (less than 5 minutes) on IPv6 and the Internet of Things

Richard Adhikari: Internet of Things, Part 1: God's Gift to the NSA

Source: ...."The smart home, and smart devices in it, would send tagged data with geolocations that could be intercepted in real time. Items of interest could be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as sensor networks and tiny embedded servers, Petraeus said.

The mention of tiny embedded servers may have come to people's minds last month, when news that the NSA had surreptitiously embedded microphone-bearing circuit boards and USB cards into PCs to spy on their users made the headlines.
Getting into IoT devices is not at all difficult.”

  Read more about Richard Adhikari: Internet of Things, Part 1: God's Gift to the NSA

Blair Currie: Is the 'internet of things' the next frontier for marketers?

Source: "The Internet of Things (IoT) will bring more and better connectivity to our lives outside work and the home. Most notably the Internet of Things will include wearable computers (clothing, FitBits, Google Glass, watches, wristbands etc.) transportation (cars, buses, subways etc.) and smart appliances (air conditioners, refrigerators, vending machines, etc.). Extending connectivity beyond our offices and homes will result in more sensors and controls being able to track more data about each and every one of us. This will have the positive effects of gaining more knowledge about our lives and allow brands to connect with us in increasingly more useful ways.


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