Source: “Convincing business executives to wisely invest in digital transformation by advocating solutions around cloud, business intelligence, big data analytics, the Internet of Things — or even Everything — has proven to be counterproductive in too many cases. IT-focused people cherish these concepts because we feel that abstraction is needed to stress their vast potential. But selling promises and proof of concept often only serves to irritate people who, year after year, spent money like water on them. Sure thing that the constant talking of Things and Everything, aka the Internet of Thingamajigs, is driving irritation
Source: “Better keep an eye on the “Internet of Things.” It’s more than just jargon: We’re talking about putting network connectivity into everything from thermostats to toasters, from refrigerators to vacuum cleaners. Market research firm Gartner points out that as our homes get “smarter” – meaning more digitized and connected – the number of Net-enabled objects worldwide will grow to a staggering 26 billion by 2020. That’s a factor of 30 over 2009’s numbers, and a sign that there is big money in connecting objects, allowing not just surprisingly useful information
Source: ““When your yogurt pots start talking to you“. Do you remember? This was the start of a call for action from the European Commission on Internet of Things back in 2009. A lot changed since 2009: (i) there are little doubts about the relevance of IoT (estimated 25 billion connected devices by the end of this year – see here on encouraging trends); and (ii) the role that can be played by regulators in fostering growth of IoT related businesses
Source: “The farming industry must embrace the use of precision agriculture and harness the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), if it is to feed the 9.6 billion global population expected by 2050, says Therese Cory, senior analyst at Beecham Research and one of the authors of a new report has launched called ‘Towards Smart Farming’. The report explores how machine-to-machine technologies and the IoT are contributing to the transformation of agriculture to improve productivity, quality and quantity.
Source: “The INQUIRER caught up with senior marketing director Errett Kroeter and technical programme manager Martin Woolley from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) to bring us up to speed on what's new since we last spoke in 2013. Bluetooth SIG is a user body which has just surpassed 25,000 member organisations, working together for best practice and cohesion in the Bluetooth standard.
"This is the most connected, most secure and most nimble version of Bluetooth yet.
Source: “The newest addition to the federal government’s social media utility belt may also be one of its most powerful, as IFTTT (as in “If This Then That”) combines 166 channels like Twitter, Android and iOS Location and RSS into “recipes” that can integrate government social media, data, location-based services and the Internet of Things.
The service, now one of nearly 80 social media platforms with federal-friendly Terms of Service, will both empower federal managers to operate more
Source: “If you’ve heard a tech CEO or any other tech industry guru bring up the Internet of Things in the last few years, you’ve no doubt heard lots of blue sky declarations about the future. And no wonder, what with all the the eye-popping growth numbers being touted by everyone from Cisco to GE.
But here’s the truth: While there will no doubt be some big winners in all the various Internet of Things markets, whether it be smart home, connected cars, industrial networking or wearables
Organized by the Center for Law and Digital Technologies, Leiden University On 1 April 2015, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a symposium on the future of privacy and innovation. Never before in human history has it been this easy and economically lucrative to collect massive amounts of personal data.
Source: “White spaces in the radio spectrum can now be used for anything from wireless flood defences to city-wide Wi-Fi. Services using the technology could appear before the end of the year with surplus spectrum filling in gaps where Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fail.
The spare spectrum comes from bands currently shared by digital TV and wireless microphones. Industry regulator Ofcom, which will oversee the use of the spectrum, said that companies could now also use the spectrum for certain low-powered networks.
Source: “When it comes to the ‘smart city’ designation, Seattle is an overachiever. Definitions of what exactly makes a city ‘smart’ vary, but they almost always include a place’s conservation, connectedness, alternative transportation, walkability and a responsive, well-wired city government. What that ‘smart’ designation leaves out: In most cities, and specifically Seattle, engineering for dogs may matter as much as engineering for bikes. (I don’t say this lightly; I’m a ride leader for the Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club as well as a dog owner).
Source: “With 25 billion "things" already connected, the fast-emerging Internet of Things ecosystem is a new hub for mobile innovation and economic growth. While we're still in the early stages, the Internet of Things is getting a lot of attention -- in the tech community, from the media and, this week, on Capitol Hill with the Senate Commerce Committee holding a hearing on the topic. What exactly are all of these gadgets connecting to the web? Everything from the locks on our doors to the medical devices in our bodies, the sensors on our smart grids to the watches on our wrists.
Source: “There can be a lot of confusing information about the Internet of Things. It's a big topic for sure, and there are plenty of varying predictions and definitions. So to understand the topic just a little bit better, let's take quick look at four main areas of this technology: the total amount of devices, market size, industries being affected, and which areas of the world are incorporating Internet of Things, or IoT, technologies. One of the biggest proponents of the Internet of Things, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO ) , says that in the next five years we could see
Source: “Investors, even venture capitalists, can be a cautious bunch. While they may have a reputation for throwing money at a sector or industry just to see what sticks, the reality of their approach couldn’t be further from the truth. As we reported back in August last year, venture capitalists have been using big data for a long time to spot their next investment, but now the time to actually invest in the technology they are using appears to be edging closer. As markets for wearables, smart TVs, connected cars and the smart home begin to mature
Source: “In the internet of things, the Federal Trade Commission sees the possibility of flourishing new markets. But it also sees a prologue to Black Mirror: in a new report that probes the privacy implications of connected devices, the commission surveys a landscape of possible dystopian futures. Get ready for invasive marketing, unending consumer surveillance, invisible nudging, and new potential for government spying and novel forms of hacking.
Source: "The Ubiquitous Computing (UC) idea envisioned by Weiser in 1991, has recently evolved to a more general paradigm known as Ambient Intelligence (AmI) that represents a new generation of user-centred computing environments and systems. These solutions aim to find new ways to obtain a better integration of the information