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.

Rich Quinnell: Protecting Privacy in a Connected World

Source: "As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be built, it may be at the expense of what some consider a fundamental right: privacy. To avoid consumer backlash and the imposition of draconian regulations should privacy concerns arise, IoT developers need to understand the privacy implications of their systems and take steps to prevent abuse.

The place to begin that process is with a frank conversation about what privacy is (or should be). Read more about Rich Quinnell: Protecting Privacy in a Connected World



Call for Conference Chairs: Measuring Behavior

Measuring Behavior is returning to the city of life sciences! The upcoming conference will be held in the city of Wageningen from 27-29 August 2014. Wageningen has a large university and many research institutes, with considerable number of groups working on research related to both animal and human behavior. For 3 days, Wageningen will provide a stage for the 9th edition of the International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research. This year there will be a special emphasis on new inventions, prototypes, and techniques. Read more about Call for Conference Chairs: Measuring Behavior



Alain Louchez: As the Sorcerer’s Apprentice poetically underscores, through IoT, anything can become something.

Source: "IoT is already here. It is so discreetly pervasive that it has been characterized as the “silent intelligence.” The debate is not whether this may or not be allowed to exist. It would be the wrong discussion. The issue is about understanding and interweaving IoT’s many dimensions, including technology, business, and policy to channel its growth into a direction that benefits its multiple stakeholders. Read more about Alain Louchez: As the Sorcerer’s Apprentice poetically underscores, through IoT, anything can become something.



Clive Longbottom: The key is to control how the IoT talks at a meaningful level

Source: "The same approach can be used in business, with single commands being passed along value chains and kicking off complex activities within specific networks. Communities can work in the same way – centralised receiver systems could accept single requests from citizens and split them into more complex sets of events. For example, a council house tenant may complain that their water is too hot, yet the house is too cold. The council can send out a single command... Read more about Clive Longbottom: The key is to control how the IoT talks at a meaningful level



Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino - How the internet of things changes how we design

Video: "Designing a connected product requires strategic thinking that design professionals have not had to develop in an industrial context. It distrupts not only entire industries but the way professionals are shaped for those industries.

I'll talk about the process of developing and designing connected products and the sets of skills, semantics, and collaborative practitces that are essential in this context." Read more about Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino - How the internet of things changes how we design



Internet of things: The future is on your arm and in your phone

Source: "Emotiv cofounder Tan Le wearing an Emotiv EPOC headset that senses her smile and wink, causing a computer-generated cartoon robot to mirror her expression. In the Terminator movies, 1997 is the year that SkyNet becomes self-aware and the machines start taking over the world. In the real-world 2013, the so-called “internet of things” – where web-connected machines communicate directly with one another – is rapidly becoming a reality. But far from needing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s services Read more about Internet of things: The future is on your arm and in your phone



Julia Haskins: Internet of Things, Home and Lifestyle

Source: "The Internet of Things has broad scientific connotations, but its simple definition refers to the capacity for objects to connect to the Internet, creating more advanced devices. It’s becoming increasingly popular among average homeowners looking to streamline their day-to-day tasks around the house. With the push of a button, a garage door can be closed or a room’s temperature can be monitored remotely.
“Years ago, that type of technology was limited to the luxury segment or a very hardcore Read more about Julia Haskins: Internet of Things, Home and Lifestyle



Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) Corporation Becomes Data Privacy Day Champion

Source: "Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) Corporation today announced that it has become a Champion of Data Privacy Day (DPD). As a DPD Champion, M2Mi recognizes and supports the principle that organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility to be conscientious stewards of data by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Data Privacy Day, observed annually on January 28, Read more about Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) Corporation Becomes Data Privacy Day Champion



Jordan Novet: Here’s what one venture capitalist seeks from the Internet of things

Source: "Nest has picked up a nice lead on the widening Internet of things with a connected thermostat and a connected smoke detector. Great — Barry Eggers of Lightspeed Venture Partners, which invested in Nest, is happy for the company. But now he’s got his eyes out for the next big venture-funding opportunities in the Internet of things. Data scientists, entrepreneurs, and IT analysts have great hopes for the Internet of things. One analyst recently declared 2014 Read more about Jordan Novet: Here’s what one venture capitalist seeks from the Internet of things



Hugo Rodrigues: Digital inclusion funding isn't easily defined

"There's nothing concrete yet in terms of a particular strategy this has been committed to. It's about having universal digital access in the community, particularly for those individuals lacking access due to low income," Evenden said. "There are a whole host of reasons why an individual may not be digitally included." Admittedly, explained Evenden, this sort of investment is tougher to define in the early stages compared to other types of infrastructure such as a road or a bridge. Read more about Hugo Rodrigues: Digital inclusion funding isn't easily defined



EU kick-starts €400,000 apps competition for smarter cities and businesses

Source: "The EU is offering €400,000 in prizes for new applications that can be used to build smarter cities and smarter businesses.
Judged by specialised engineers from the EU-funded FI-WARE Consortium, the only condition of the competition is that app entries are built upon building blocks deployed in the EU’s project to build the core platform of tomorrow’s internet.
  Read more about EU kick-starts €400,000 apps competition for smarter cities and businesses



Inspiration from 'old' EU Research: i3

Jakub Wejchert: "...Thus, as we start moving towards environments in which computing becomes less explicit and more embedded into the fabric of everyday places and activities, the role and nature of everyday objects, locations and places will all come to the fore. It is in this realm that architectural, anthropological, psychological and skill-based concepts are likely to play a major role. And it is from these areas, and from some of the early experiments illustrated Read more about Inspiration from 'old' EU Research: i3



Rick Robinson: A challenge for 2013: better stories for Smarter Cities

The need for cities to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the future using the old, new and evolving tools at their disposal is urgent. In the 20th Century, some cities suffered a gradual decline as they failed to respond successfully to the changes of their age.

In the 21st Century those changes will be so striking, and take place so quickly, that failing to meet them could result in a decline that is catastrophic. Read more about Rick Robinson: A challenge for 2013: better stories for Smarter Cities



Sam Allwinkle and Peter Cruickshank; Creating Smart-er Cities: An Overview

Source: "The following offers an overview of what it means for cities to be “smart.” It draws the supporting definitions and critical insights into smart cities from a series of papers presented at the 2009 Trans-national Conference on Creating Smart(er) Cities. What the papers all have in common is their desire to overcome the all too often selfcongratulatory nature of the claims cities make to be smart and their overreliance on a distinctively entrepreneurial route to smart cities. Read more about Sam Allwinkle and Peter Cruickshank; Creating Smart-er Cities: An Overview



Dr. Alexander Gluhak, Senior Researcher, University of Surrey receives the ID Limelight Award

ID WORLD International Congress 2013: ID People Awards: "Dr. Alexander Gluhak, Senior Researcher, University of Surrey in the UK, is one of the recipients of this year’s ID People Awards – the Oscars of the ID industry. Dr Gluhak was announced winner of the ID Limelight Award on November 5, in Frankfurt at an exclusive celebration during the 12th ID WORLD International Congress.
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