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.

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.”

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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.

Alicia Asin: What’s the best way to fund the internet of things?

Source: „When it comes to smart cities and the internet of things, everyone asks, “Where is the money?” I have observed very dissimilar points of view on financing for the IoT in keynote topics in conferences and in discussions throughout the year, in particular at the recent Internet of Things Forum in Cambridge in the U.K., and the M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit in Washington D.C. It struck me that the ideas were as far apart as the venues themselves. It’s important to understand these different funding models, because they are driving the development of the IoT.
There is no easy answer to the funding question because the IoT market is still very fragmented.

Defining the Sensor Society

We are surrounded by sensors: our cars collect detailed information about our driving habits and destinations; our smart phones gather a growing array of increasingly detailed and comprehensive information about our communication activities and more. The growing network of sensors contributes to a fast-growing stream of data about everything from weather to the details of our personal lives and our movements throughout the course of the day. The resulting shift away from targeted, discrete forms of information collection to always-on, ubiquitous, expanding and accelerating data collection marks important changes in our understandings of surveillance, information processing, and privacy in the digital era.

Rebecca Hiscott: RFID Tags Track Marijuana From Seed to Sale, in Colorado

Source: „On New Years Day, Colorado became the first state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. The new legislation has provoked a Denver-bound flood of "Ganjapreneurs" and kickstarted what is sure to be a very profitable pot tourism trade.
Yet the business is far less hippie and far more button-down than it appears.
The Colorado state government enforces the sale of marijuana with a set of regulations (500 pages in all) designed to shut out the black market. For one, it stipulates digital tracking of marijuana plants from seed to sale, using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft staffs up its evolving Internet of Things team

Source: „Microsoft is staffing up its Internet of Things (IoT) team that is part of its unified Windows division and may be expanding its charter, as well. The IoT team, at least originally, was the renamed Microsoft Embedded team, according to a couple of sources of mine. Microsoft management moved the Embedded team from under the Windows Server group to the unified Windows org under Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson last fall. Up until now, Microsoft's Windows Embedded team has focused primarily on enterprise/industrial customers, not consumers. Its charter has been to convince retail, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive Read more about Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft staffs up its evolving Internet of Things team

Evan Schuman: Get ready, IT; here comes the Internet of Things

Source: „When you and your colleagues in IT hear the CEO talking about the Internet of Things, the excitement in the CEO's voice means only one thing: You're unlikely to be home in time for dinner for quite some time. Boards and CEOs see all of the potential benefits of this all-inclusive toasters-and-vacuum-cleaners-connected-to-the-Internet scenario and think little of the nightmarish risks.
I mean, what could possibly go wrong when you have dozens of household appliances and devices being controlled by any seemingly authenticated person on the other side of an Ethernet connection?

The 5th Annual Internet of Things European Summit will explore how the Internet of Things can be steered. (2)

The Internet of Things is a combination of a technological push - an ecology of barcodes, qr codes, rfid, active sensors, ipv6 - and a human pull for more and ever growing connectivity with anything happening in the immediate and further out environment, a logical extension of the computing power in a single machine to the environment; the environment as interface (see also ubicomp, pervasive computing, and Mark Weiser’s text The Computer for the 21th Century of 1991.) This push-pull combination makes it very strong,


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