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.

Wuxi: Workshop organised by Sammy Shen and Rob van Kranenburg: Business Models for IoT, February 26/27 at SCC

In October 2012 Rob van Kranenburg and Sammy Shen organised a high level-meeting at the Sensing Centre China (SCC), National Contact Point for IoT in the region of Wuxi. One of the key points that emerged was the difference in business models for IoT in China and Europe. They therefore organize a follow up. Read more about Wuxi: Workshop organised by Sammy Shen and Rob van Kranenburg: Business Models for IoT, February 26/27 at SCC



John Koetsier: 2013 is the year of Internet of Things as over five billion wireless connectivity chips will ship

John Koetsier: "Over five billion wireless connectivity chips will ship in 2013, according to ABI Research, as our appetite for everything mobile continues to grow. Bluetooth and WiFi are both growing, of course, but so are lesser-known specs such as Zigbee, UWB, and yes … even NFC. Most of those five billion chips won’t be in phones, as tablets, sensors, cameras... Read more about John Koetsier: 2013 is the year of Internet of Things as over five billion wireless connectivity chips will ship



IoT-A Newsletter 3: Mathieu Boussard: The IoT-A project has made its list of Unified Requirements available

Mathieu Boussard: The IoT-A project has made its list of Unified Requirements available on its website, and that in an interactive and searchable format. The Unified Requirements serve as both foundation and validation benchmark for the Architectural Reference Model. Read more about IoT-A Newsletter 3: Mathieu Boussard: The IoT-A project has made its list of Unified Requirements available



Bob Dahlberg (Arrayent): "We are definitely starting to see product “appification”

Council:  Today (19/12/2012) Arrayent announced that  Whirlpool Corporation, Pentair,  First Alert and SALUS Controls PLC have selected the Arrayent Connect Platform to power their forthcoming connected product initiatives.  They join consumer product companies  Monster, Mattel, Hunter Fan and Chamberlain/LiftMaster. Council: Bob, what is Arrayent seeing out in the connected product marketplace? Read more about Bob Dahlberg (Arrayent): "We are definitely starting to see product “appification”



Angela Guess: Internet of Things, the beginning: a beach

Source: "Gil Press of Forbes reports, “Norman Joseph Woodland, the co-inventor of the bar code, died this week at 91. What is now called ‘The Internet of Things‘ was born one day in 1949 when Woodland was sitting on a Florida beach, thinking about how product information can be captured at the supermarket checkout. The only code Woodland knew was the Morse Code he’d learned in the Boy Scouts, his daughter told the Associated Press this week. Read more about Angela Guess: Internet of Things, the beginning: a beach



John Humphreys: Internet of Things: A Nervous System for the Planet?

Source: "If you think the digital world is crowded now, wait to you see what the next few years will bring. Today, there are roughly two Internet-connected devices for every man, woman and child on the planet. By 2025, analysts are forecasting that this ratio will rise past six. This means we can expect to grow to nearly 50 billion Internet-connected devices in the next decade." Read more about John Humphreys: Internet of Things: A Nervous System for the Planet?



John Whitehead: EyeSee You and the Internet of Things: Watching You While You Shop

"... Of course, the government has done little to regulate this booming industry and safeguard consumer privacy, leaving corporations to take the lead in determining how this data is collected and used. Not surprisingly, privacy is low on their list of priorities. However, the fact that all of this information can also be data mined by the police and a multitude of government agents ..." Read more about John Whitehead: EyeSee You and the Internet of Things: Watching You While You Shop



Alex Gluhak & Rob van Kranenburg: New instruments of governance for our societies

How much time do we have left before our current forms of organization break under the weight of growing self- organization capabilities? And how do we salvage the strengths of that system: inclusiveness, generic infrastructure, short term vs long term planning?  Read more about Alex Gluhak & Rob van Kranenburg: New instruments of governance for our societies



Glen Allmendinger: Where Will Value Be Created In The Internet of Things & People?

Glen Allmendinger, Newletter, Harbor Research: "If you’re a vendor of connectivity products with no long-term data services strategy, you’re in the Internet of Things booster rocket. You may well have a great short-term lift-off. But when the booster runs out of fuel (product-centric profits), you’ll fall back to Earth.  And that’s going to hurt. Read more about Glen Allmendinger: Where Will Value Be Created In The Internet of Things & People?



Dana Blankenhorn: Google's Page Dreams of a Bigger Internet of Things

Source. "What turns a technology executive into a legend is the size and shape of his or her dreams. Google (GOOG_)CEO Larry Page has some massive ones, as he told Fortune this week. "There's a tendency for people to think about the things that exist," he told Miguel Helft. "Our job is to think of the thing you haven't thought of yet that you really need." Read more about Dana Blankenhorn: Google's Page Dreams of a Bigger Internet of Things



Brian Tinham: 2013 will finally be the era of the Internet of Things

Source. "2013 is likely to bring changes and challenges at least as significant as those experienced over the last decade, as web technologies drive three major step changes, according to Tufin Technologies. "We're on the cusp of technological advancements that sci-fi movie fans have so far only dreamed of," comments Tufin CTO Reuven Harrison, Read more about Brian Tinham: 2013 will finally be the era of the Internet of Things



Jamillah Knowles: Why 2013 is going to be the year of the Internet of Things

To paraphrase William Gibson, the Internet of Things is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed. The Muse headband will go on sale in 2013, Lockitron is also shipping next year, Fitbits are spreading and the data keeps growing. It looks as though 2013 will be a real breakthrough year when it comes to bringing the Internet of Things to a wider market. Read more about Jamillah Knowles: Why 2013 is going to be the year of the Internet of Things



Report out on Machine to Machine (M2M) Applications in the Cloud

Source. "Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications has brought the concept of connected devices to a whole new level, targeting virtual every sphere of human endeavor including government, defense, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, retail, smartgrid, extraction industries, and more. M2M in the cloud will amplify the implementation significantly... Read more about Report out on Machine to Machine (M2M) Applications in the Cloud



Philippe Gautier: "cybernetics, sciences of complexity and artificial intelligence are matters that will be critical to make the IOT a success"

Source. "The Internet of Things is something similar to some others modern concepts such as the Web 3.0, thesemantic Web, the symbiotic web, etc. Actually, it all could be merged into a single approach and could be considered as a “threshold” between: Read more about Philippe Gautier: "cybernetics, sciences of complexity and artificial intelligence are matters that will be critical to make the IOT a success"



Nick Hardiman: The Internet of Things will lead to de-centralization. It could lead to the end of cloud computing.

"The Internet of Things will talk to us, but they will spend more time talking to each other. These M2M (Machine to Machine) communications will happen wirelessly. Many people rely on M2M communications by using a Bluetooth headset, making a payment with their mobile phone or - for the early adopters with money to burn - subscribing to a 4G." Read more about Nick Hardiman: The Internet of Things will lead to de-centralization. It could lead to the end of cloud computing.



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