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.

Mike Loukides: software as a component of some larger system

"And we’re following the “Internet of Things” (and in particular, the “Internet of Very Big Things”) very closely. I’m not saying that software is irrelevant or uninteresting. I firmly believe that software will be a component of every (well, almost every) important new technology. But what grabs me these days isn’t software as a thing in itself, but software as a component of some larger system. The software may be what makes it work, but it’s not about the software." Read more about Mike Loukides: software as a component of some larger system



Alex Planes: "the "industrial Internet," which is really just an Internet of things with a, well, industrial focus

Alex Planes: The Industrial Internet Is GE’s Next Leap Forward: "You might not want your toaster to communicate with the cloud, but that isn't going to stop the Internet of things from taking root. General Electric (NYSE: GE  ) is making a concerted push to develop the "industrial Internet," Read more about Alex Planes: "the "industrial Internet," which is really just an Internet of things with a, well, industrial focus



Techworld Staff: In the new world, governments, customers and citizens will all have an active influence.

"The Internet of Things has the potential to be a dramatic leveller, in part because access to advanced technologies will no longer be restricted to the large organisation but also because of the way it will undermine established organisations struggling to evolve. In some ways larger enterprises will face the biggest challenges of all..." Read more about Techworld Staff: In the new world, governments, customers and citizens will all have an active influence.



Kevin Voigt: China takes the lead in Internet of Things

If there's a race to lead the Internet of Things (IoT), China aims to set the pace. Since Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao identified IoT as an "emerging strategic industry" in an interview on state media, Beijing has focused on developing technology by which devices can communicate via infrared sensor, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology. Beijing plans to invest 5 billion yuan ($800 million) in the IoT industry by 2015.... Read more about Kevin Voigt: China takes the lead in Internet of Things



Alex Bassi & Rob van Kranenburg: IoT Challenges in ComC Journal

ComC Journal: In this short text the authors claim that the challenges posed by Internet of Things cannot be managed with the current policy tools and research programs, as these are too slow and too instrumental. These challenges are: a) global cooperation and standards, b) new business models and new currencies, c) ethics, control society, surveillance, consent and data driven life, and d) technological challenges driven by the need to save energy. Read more about Alex Bassi & Rob van Kranenburg: IoT Challenges in ComC Journal



Djordje Djokic:The 5th internet of things architecture stakeholder-workshop

Djordje Djokic: "IoT-A is the European flagship project in the Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development concerning the EU Commission’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. The project aims at laying the foundation for a future Internet by  overcoming not only technological, but also socio-economic challenges. The results from the workshop will contribute to the project ... Read more about Djordje Djokic:The 5th internet of things architecture stakeholder-workshop



The Internet of Things in the spotlight - JTC1 forms two new Special Working Groups

Source: "JTC 1 established the Special Working Group on the Internet of Things in response to the growing importance of IoT to the wider ICT sector. The SWG has the task of identifying IoT-related market requirements and standardization gaps, to encourage other JTC 1 Work Groups and subcommittees to address gaps in IoT standardization, and to promote IoT standards developed by JTC1... Read more about The Internet of Things in the spotlight - JTC1 forms two new Special Working Groups



Alexandros Efstathiadis: Internet of Things: What is really at stake?

A lot of energy has been consumed on debating disorienting issues concerning the Internet of Things. Countless articles, videos, etc have been discussing whether it is right or wrong, good or evil. At the same time activist groups put great amounts of effort in order to ensure that the upcoming IoT will be an open and transparent environment. However, the key question that everyone seems to be forgetting is who actually holds the power to decide whether IoT will become a reality or not in the first place? Read more about Alexandros Efstathiadis: Internet of Things: What is really at stake?



Interview with Michael Koster of IoT-A Stakeholder Community

Interview with Michael Koster of IoT-A Stakeholder Community: What is your background?: I have had a passion for electronics and automation throughout my life. In the early 1980s, I designed, built, and maintained large process control systems for industry. After that, I helped to architect some of the first scalable and fault tolerant multiprocessor computer systems. I have worked as a computer architect for large corporations such as... Read more about Interview with Michael Koster of IoT-A Stakeholder Community



Sally Applin: What is PolySocial Reality (PoSR)?

What is PolySocial Reality (PoSR)?: "PolySocial Reality (PoSR) describes the multiple, sometimes overlapping, network transaction spaces that people traverse synchronously and asynchronously with others to maintain and use social relationships; a conceptual model for the global interaction context within which people experience the social mobile web and other forms of communication and social interactions whether immediate or mediated by technology. Read more about Sally Applin: What is PolySocial Reality (PoSR)?



FIRE Engineering Workshop report

 

FIRE Report: "Following the demands of the FIRE community to organise a successor workshop of the very successful FIRE research workshop that was held in 2011 at the Future Internet Assembly in Budapest, FP7 project FIRESTATION took the initiative to organise a FIRE engineering workshop that was held on 6-7 November 2012 in Ghent, Belgium.The workshop offered a broad spectrum of contributions. Read more about FIRE Engineering Workshop report



Darlene Storm: Glimpse of your Life in 2020 thanks to Internet of Things

Source: "What if all objects were interconnected and started to sense their surroundings and communicate with each other? The Internet of Things (IoT) will have that sort of ubiquitous machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. Since there are estimates that between 50 billion to 500 billion devices will have a mobile connection to the cloud by 2020, here’s a glimpse of our possible future." Read more about Darlene Storm: Glimpse of your Life in 2020 thanks to Internet of Things



IoT-I: Ethicsinside.eu Starting up in IoT?

Ethicsinside.eu: "There is a gap between the policy recommendations and Privacy Impact Assessment Frameworks and the start-up reality of IoT on the ground with 20 Internet of Things Platforms listed on Postcapes.com and a growing group of attempts to build IoT hardware hubs to provide connectivity in and to the home: apart from Greengoose, and Cosm (formerly Pachube) there is for example the Knut internet-connected sensor that keeps you in the know via email:... Read more about IoT-I: Ethicsinside.eu Starting up in IoT?



Nick Clayton: French Startup SigFox to Launch Network for ‘Internet of Things

Source: "Current mobile data networks are based on connecting people to the Internet. But when sensors are hooked up to a network their resource requirements are often much smaller in terms of data, power and cost. French startup SigFox is creating a cheap, low energy consumption, long-distance cellular network for sensors and other devices which make up the so-called “Internet of Things”- Read more about Nick Clayton: French Startup SigFox to Launch Network for ‘Internet of Things



Tom Coyle: RFID is finally mature to market

"Systems and solutions are maturing and the RFID market is finally starting to soar. These long range, very affordable passive RFID tags are fundamental to delivering the promise of the Internet of Things. Many billions of RFID tags are being deployed this year in retail, IT asset management, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and many other vertical markets."

Also the view that IoT is an ecology of technological solutions (barcodes, QR codes, RFId, active sensors, IPv6, 6Lowpan) - the perspective of Council - is embraced: Read more about Tom Coyle: RFID is finally mature to market



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