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.

Steve Halliday: The Standards of the Internet of Things

The subject of standards and the Internet of Things seems to be a much discussed one. This is an open invitation to help define those standards.

The Internet of Things is not going to be governed by one standard. There are going to be a large number of standards involved depending on what you are doing.  Some of the standards will apply to one application and others may not.

Many people have asked me how that can be true and I explain it like this:

A great example of a global standard is the credit card that you are carrying in your wallet.  There are several standards published by ISO (international Standards Organization) Read more about Steve Halliday: The Standards of the Internet of Things



Martijn de Waal: The City as Interface

How do media influence the way that the city functions as a community? Digital and mobile media are changing the way urban life takes shape and how we experience our built environment. On the face of it, this is mainly a practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of ‘urban media’ also presents us with an important philosophical issue: How do they influence the way that the city functions as a community?
 
Employing examples of new media uses as well as historical case studies, Martijn de Waal shows how new technologies, on one level, contribute to the further individualization and liberalization of urban society.


ARC Advisory Group: Leading Manufacturers Make Big Investments in Internet of Things

Source: "Adding the Internet of Things (IoT) to existing industrial systems is already allowing companies to securely supply asset performance information, but the architecture is lacking a broader recognition of what has become possible and how this architecture can be used to really transform the industry.
A recent strategist report from ARC Advisory Group says IoT is not just another futurist trend. While intelligent sensors and devices, "Big Data" and analytics tools, and universal visualization capabilities have already driving trillions of dollars in economic growth for IoT, leading companies are making major investments


Confirmed speakers of Forum Europe Brussels show how IoT has matured

The 5th Annual Internet of Things European Summit will explore how the Internet of Things can help realise Europe’s policy objectives of the Future Internet. As always in any edition there are key speakers who are shaping the actual policy, industry and research and innovation agenda’s and programs. Up until now they have all struggled with the horizontal scope and width of IoT that spans all domains, all software defined applications and services and any product as that is inevitably handled in some supply chain process. Any analysis then has to allow for agency on treating IoT as a distinct spearhead of connectivity and acceleration Read more about Confirmed speakers of Forum Europe Brussels show how IoT has matured



Claro Partners, Rich: Disruptive Shifts: Letting go of ownership in a world of connected data

Source: "Big data can be a hard to grasp concept, but in order to make it more tangible many people refer to the three Vs: volume, variety and velocity. Indeed, this does help us to grasp the vastness of big data, but it misses the most defining characteristic of data in our contemporary lives – that it’s connected. We think connectedness is the key to unlocking the value in data in today’s digitally networked world.
Big Data is not only hard to grasp, but its hard to create value from. The problem is not only that most descriptions miss the key characteristic; it is that there is a massive push to erase it.


Internet of Things: Philosophy, York

York St John University, in partnership with Rob van Kranenburg and Joachim Walewski are proud to present the 1st conference on the Philosophy of the Internet of Things.
 
This conference is organised in response to the growing debate surrounding the Internet of Things and its potential impact upon society.
 
The conference seeks to open up dialogue regarding the impact of the Internet of Things upon everyday life and provides a space for thinkers and innovators to critically examine, theorise, and debate the social, political, ethical, epistemic, ontological and civic ramifications of these new technologies.


Brad Dicks: What is The Internet of Things?

Source: "In the not too distant, two-thousand-and-teens of tomorrowland you jump in your car and begin the commute home after a long day at work.
 
As you turn the key, your dash screen lights up with the preset heating, audio entertainment and GPS options sent from your smartphone as you left the office. Your watch beeps with a notification that a sensor in your newborn baby’s crib has detected movement and sound, alerting you that your little bundle of joy is now awake in your home across town.
 
Soon after it appears, it is cleared as your significant other answers the alert and you continue as normal.


Daniel Robinson :Internet of Things data deluge will swamp old software systems

Source: „Existing data management tools are ill equipped to cope with the Internet of Things and the data deluge it will generate, according to executives at Actian, the firm formerly known as Ingres. Speaking at an event in London attended by V3, Actian executives said companies are changing the way they look at data and asking questions that call for new tools and services as well as new approaches to analysing the data itself.
Chief executive Steve Shine said this was what has driven Actian's transformation from a traditional database vendor over the past few years, as it acquired firms


Marcus Kirsch: Social Listening Radio; Prototyping — More than a proof of concept

Source: "It is often hard to imagine how the appearance of something new in our culture will affect it. This is why every new paradigm is pre-ambled by a plethora of experiments that are a mix of the old and the new. This is obviously true for creative technology and the experiences it can create.
The Social Listening Radio shown below let’s you listen to social media. Enter a phrase or subject by tweeting #listento and the radio starts filtering and analysing content on that subject.

It then starts talking tweets(Stephen Hawkins style), their sentiment analysed and comments on klout scores and number of followers. Read more about Marcus Kirsch: Social Listening Radio; Prototyping — More than a proof of concept



Rob Bamforth: Vital ingredients in the Internet of Things bake off

ource: "It is getting hard to find presentations, press releases, or events in the ICT sector that make no reference to the fabled Internet of Things, or M2M (machine to machine) to give it an older, slightly more techie, hype handle. It's everywhere (as some of the press releases might even say) but still too much of the emphasis is on futuristic technology - admittedly sometimes very shiny or with sci-fi styling - rather than business benefits. This is nothing new for the technology sector, but for IoT to really take off, the story has to move on. Today, the main word that accompanies the phrase IoT is 'platform'.


Jessica Lipsky: Internet of Things to open new opportunities, says Intel exec

Source: „According to Hermann Eul, Intel's VP and GM of mobile and communications, during his DesignCon keynote speech, the pace of change is accelerating and affords engineers with new challenges. "We are on a journey toward the Internet of Things, the all-pervasive, immersive Internet going into billions and connecting billions and billions of devices," stated Eul. "This trajectory will come to life and be accelerated by your capabilities." Eul outlined challenges for future chip development, calling each an opportunity for more exciting technology.


Christopher Sciacca: Enabling Things to Talk

Source: „Enabling Things to Talk is the title of a new book co-edited by IBM scientist Dr. Thorsten Kramp.
 
It's goal is to make sure "things" and people speak the same language when it comes to the the hot topic know as the Internet of Things.
 
The book, available for free download, is a result of The Internet of Things - Architecture (IOT-A), a consortium of academia and industry funded in September 2010 by the European Union under the FP7 framework.
 
It’s goal is to create an architectural reference model envisioned as the foundation for the Internet of Things --


Rawlson King: 500 million biometric sensors projected for “Internet of Things” by 2018

Source: "The “Internet of Things” can be defined as a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays the entire Internet.
Traditionally, the Internet has been defined only by computing and networking equipment, but now the “Internet of Things” paradigm proposes the inclusion  of a wider array of devices, once overlooked.
This new paradigm will potentially connect any electro-mechanical device to the Internet with identifying devices or machine-readable instruments. For instance, business may no longer run out of stock or generate waste products


Rob van Kranenburg: Internet of Things (IoT); a new ontology and engineering challenge

The two trajectories; individuating objects because of demand from logistics and bringing more and more data-units (first websites, now also objects that can be described as a data-unit) into networks of networks (intranets and internet), accelerate each other and that is the reason why these developments are going so fast now.
They will not slow down.
 
Can they be steered?
 
I believe they can. I also believe they should


Peter Middleton: Rapid growth of Internet of Things will add economic value - Gartner

Source:  'Although the industry will benefit tremendously from IoT technology, consumer end users will drive almost two-thirds of IoT supplier revenue'. The internet plays an increasingly important role in the modern world, not only at the level of infrastructure but also in culture, society and business. The Internet of Things (IoT) extends that role to an increasingly diverse range of devices and communications streams, many of which will be essentially machine-to-machine communications, rather than involving a person at either endpoint. Gartner defines the IoT as the network


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