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.

Michael J Koster: A Modular Open Source Platform for Web Scale IoT Interoperability

Source: Interoperability for the Internet of Things: "Previous articles in this series discussed architectures and approaches to provide meaningful interoperability. Protocol interoperability allows any application to interact with any connected thing using any M2M protocol. Interoperability also provides for reuse of software components, allowing a common platform..."
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Lawrence Solomon: The Internet of Total(itarian) Things

The highway getting a bit too congested? No problem. In the world envisaged by the regulators in the U.K., the government will simply take control of your steering wheel to take you to an off-ramp and then an alternate route. Are rubberneckers slowing down traffic as they gawk at an accident by the side of the road? That same government will maintain cars at an even speed, as if the drivers’ feet never eased up on the accelerator. Read more about Lawrence Solomon: The Internet of Total(itarian) Things



Mirko Presser: The Business edition of the IoT Comicbook

A business edition of the “Internet of Things!” comic book has just been published. The new issue of the comic book targets people that may never have heard of the subject before. More specifically, it targets politicians, the general public and business managers who might have a stake in IoT. The comic book gives the target audience a broad understanding of the advantages and potential risks associated with IoT. Read more about Mirko Presser: The Business edition of the IoT Comicbook



Li-Fi to speed up IoT?

Under the new discovery dubbed as 'Li-Fi', a light bulb with embedded microchips can produce data rates as fast as 150 megabits per second, which is speedier than the average broadband connection in China, said Chi, who leads a Li-Fi research team, including scientists from the Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences..."Li-Fi is a new paradigm for optical wireless technology to provide unprecendented connectivity" Read more about Li-Fi to speed up IoT?



Jonas Jacobi: the HTML5 WebSocket standard and the Internet of Things

"It’s a world where every device from lifestyle apparel, utility meters, cars, appliances, to windows and doors are connected in ways we couldn’t imagine 10 years ago. Even if we try to look 10 years ahead, it is hard to fathom the profound impact this change will have on business and our daily life....The Web as we know it today was only the beginning, and now the Web will change everything." Read more about Jonas Jacobi: the HTML5 WebSocket standard and the Internet of Things



jblyler: Complexity Spreading vs. Intelligent Embedded in the IoT

This week, my attention was on the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Earlier this week, several experts from ARM, Cadence and other companies shared the challenges of integrating essential analog mixed signal and RF technologies into digitally-based IoT devices. At mid-week I interviewed ARM’s embedded strategist Dominic Pajak. Pajak, a former microcontroller designer Read more about jblyler: Complexity Spreading vs. Intelligent Embedded in the IoT



Chris Rezendes: Five Reasons Why Makers Matter In the Internet of Things

And in the Maker Movement, so many things are made real … so many ideas, so many plans, so many dreams.  It is for this reason above all others that the Maker Movement will not be a fad, it will not be rooted in or defined by 3D printing alone, will not fade at the outer edges of ‘hobbies’.  Makers are making meaning – and increasingly, they are thinking about making money too. Read more about Chris Rezendes: Five Reasons Why Makers Matter In the Internet of Things



Loretta S. Mcintyre: China prepares for smart city construction boom

"The smart city program, initiated last November, is part of the country’s efforts to explore ways to foster a new type of urbanization.

 

Analysts believe that the program has presented a beautiful picture for both the country’s future urban life and the potential of its economic growth." Read more about Loretta S. Mcintyre: China prepares for smart city construction boom



Richard Stallman: We need to design such privacy into all our digital systems.

It would be easy for the power company to calculate the average usage in a residential neighborhood by dividing the total usage by the number of subscribers, and send that to the meters. Each customer's meter could compare her usage, over any desired period of time, with the average usage pattern for that period. The same benefit, with no surveillance!" Read more about Richard Stallman: We need to design such privacy into all our digital systems.



The Quality of Things

The point I am trying to raise is that although the quality of things entered by things certainly has some advantages over the quality of things entered by humans, nothing could be further from the truth than to claim that machine-generated data is immune to data quality issues....However, there are other ways a data quality issue could occur...For example, the thermostat may not be accurately displaying the temperature because it is not calibrated correctly. Read more about The Quality of Things



Mark Bonchek and Sangeet Paul Choudary: The Age of Social Products

Source: 'We are moving from a world in which physical products are separate to one in which they are connected.  Computers were just the beginning.  Appliances and engines now send alerts when they need to be serviced.  Cameras upload their photos automatically.  Vending machines trigger their own restocking.  Crops feed and water themselves.
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Mahesh Kumar: Will the Internet of Things Sink IT?

Source: "The coming “Internet of Things” spells impending disaster for CIOs everywhere. (Yes, I went there.) And it’s not because of the number of things joining networks — it’s because of the volume, variety and complexity of data generated by and about those things....Enterprises must innovate in order to remain relevant. But each new technology brings with it a flood of new data...." Read more about Mahesh Kumar: Will the Internet of Things Sink IT?



Timothy Beneke and Tori Wieldt: Java Takes on the Internet of Things

Source: "Tom and Tori writes, "JavaOne 2013 gave Java developers a non-stop exercise replete with education and entertainment, strategy, technical, and community keynotes book-ending the conference, technical sessions, hands-on labs, panel discussions, tutorials, demos, a rock concert, widespread networking, code challenges, and much more. Read more about Timothy Beneke and Tori Wieldt: Java Takes on the Internet of Things



Mark Little: REST and the Internet of Things

Source: "It has been over a decade since people started to talk about Ubiquitous Computing or the Internet of Things (almost three decades for the former). Back then it was a dream, more or less. Today it is a reality, with many of us surrounded by several "internet capable" devices at every moment. There has been a lot of work recently in some standards groups (e.g., IETF) on various aspects surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) Read more about Mark Little: REST and the Internet of Things



Harry Crijns: The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)

The OSGP Alliance will offer attendees of European Utility Week 2013, which runs from October 15-17 in Amsterdam, the opportunity to learn how utilities are using Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) to create a more secure, reliable, and proven modern grid.  OSGP Alliance members and supporters can be found in the OSGP Alliance Pavilion, booth number 1.C09. Read more about Harry Crijns: The Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP)



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