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.

The second edition of the IoT Forum in Cambridge on April 15th

The event exists to support the growth of the IoT sector in Europe (and further afield) by connecting entrepreneurs, corporate interests and funders.


A single stream conference with a focus on networking, our aim is to make sure every delegate leaves with at least one actionable idea for their business and the contacts to make it happen.

Last year’s event was a great success, according to our delegates, and this year we’re going to make it better, with a focus on practical insights that will help visitors build great businesses in the IoT. Read more about The second edition of the IoT Forum in Cambridge on April 15th

John Soldates: OpenIoT among the top 10 new open source projects of the year!

Source: "OpenIoT began as a research project partially funded by the European Commission with the goal of enabling a new range of open, large-scale, intelligent Internet of things applications using a cloud computing delivery model. The project focuses on the mobility aspects of Internet-connected objects (sensor networks) for energy-efficient orchestration of sensor data harvesting and data transmission into the cloud.
OpenIoT integrates ontologies and semantic structures in order to enable semantic interactions and interoperability

RFID Journal: Are There Any RFID Pressure Sensors?

Source: „Yes, there are. Many cars now come with sensors to measure air pressure in tires. These sensors are integrated with an RFID device that can communicate wirelessly (see Michelin Uses RFID to Track Tire Pressure and Tread for London Bus Company and Crane Aerospace and Electronics' RFID-Based Tire Pressure Sensor Simplifies Aircraft Maintenance).
There are also active RFID pressure sensors for measuring air pressure within a closed area. RF Code, for example, offers the R160 Air Pressure Sensor, designed specifically for use in data centers.

Jim Fisher: The Internet of Things

Source: „Have you ever heard of a man named Tony Fadell? Yeah, me neither. Well, I’m happy to report that Tony is doing just fine. In fact, he is doing finer than anyone else I know at the moment. You see, Tony left Apple where he was VP of design over the iPod division. In fact, he was one of the “fathers” of the iPod. This silly man quit his job at Apple to design, get this: home thermostats. THERMOSTATS! What a maroon, huh? Well, someone at Google didn’t think Tony was a moron. In fact, they thought he was pretty darn smart. So smart that they purchased Tony’s company, Nest, for three point two BILLION dang dollars in cash! That’s a “B” with a “golly!” in it."

Galen Gruman; How to ruin the Internet of things: Tie up with a carrier

Source: „The tech industry is going gaga over the Internet of things, a nebulous set of technologies that make everything from refrigerators to body sensors and wearables communicate with each other and with apps on your smartphone, tablet, PC, and Internet services. One example of the Internet of things mania is Cisco Systems chairman John Chambers' declaration that the market will be worth $19 trillion, a figure larger than the entire U.S. gross domestic product.
But if you look past the hype, there is a lot of exciting, useful technology

Dean Evans: What can the internet of things do for SMBs?

Source: „Essentially, the internet of things (IoT) is about connecting anything to the internet using sensors; it is part of your business smartphones, as well as devices such as the Raspberry Pi mini computer. And that is only the start: the area is going to get so big that firms slow to embrace it will fall behind their rivals, according to a recent report. The report, which was conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of chip designer ARM, said that falling technology costs, government interest and developments in mobile and cloud computing are making the internet of things become a reality. Read more about Dean Evans: What can the internet of things do for SMBs?

Dan Charles: Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Source: „Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops. Monsanto and John Deere are offering competing versions of this service. Both are promising to mine that data for tips that will put more money in farmers' pockets. But a leading farm organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation, is telling farmers to be cautious. These services, it says, could threaten farmers' privacy and give the big companies too much power. Read more about Dan Charles: Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

The Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit proposals for Measuring Behavior 2014.

Deadline for Symposia & Workshops extended to February 3rd. The Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit proposals for Measuring Behavior 2014. The conference is open for any topic related to the measurement of the behavior of people and animals. The focus should be on tools and methods, not on results. Previous and expected topics include:
New statistical methods and behavioral pattern analysis and visualization
Behavioral testing of zebra fish

Stuart Thomas: Google buys AI company Deepmind in ongoing Internet of Things landgrab

Source: „Still think Google’s all about search? Think again. The Palo Alto-based tech giant is making an increasing number of forays into the Internet of Things, with its latest purchase reportedly being artificial intelligence company DeepMind.
According to a report from Re/code, Google doled out US$400-million for the London-based company, which specialises in learning algorithms for simulations, ecommerce and games.
The buyout is widely understood to be an aqui-hire on Google’s part

Michael Ide: The Internet Of Things Will Change Everything, But Slowly

Source: „The internet of things has fully entered into the mainstream, but it isn’t a single sector getting ready to lift off in a single year, or even in a few years. Instead it will move at different speeds in different industries over the next few decades as the cost of connectivity continues to drop.
“The number of Internet-connected devices surpassed the number of human beings on the planet in 2011, and by 2020, Internet-connected devices are expected to number between 26 billion and 50 billion,” writes a recent Raymond James report

Internet of Things Engineering Summit, San Jose, March 31

Source: The coming Internet of Things (IoT) is quite possibly the biggest change impacting electronics design engineers today.  Learn from experts and practitioners about opportunities and challenges in connecting embedded systems to the cloud—from end nodes and gateways, networking strategies, operating systems and middleware stacks, to the latest trends in security, sensors, and business models. The conference program at EE Live! will take place in San Jose March 31 – April 3, 2014 (Monday – Thursday) for four days of sessions, tutorials, boot camps, summits and post-mortem discussions on a comprehensive selection

Sean Dodson: The internet of things, October 2003

Source: „The tiny microchip measures less than a third of a millimetre wide, little bigger than a grain of sand. It can contain information on anything from retail prices to washing instructions to your medical records. It might look innocuous, but invisible to the naked eye is a microscopic antenna that allows it to be read by a scanning device with a maximum range of 100m. The tiny chip is called a radio frequency identification tag and last month, in Chicago, it was heralded as the global successor to the barcode. .. The EPC network is run by an organisation called the Auto ID Centre: a global consortium of retailers

Stuart Heritage:The future? An alarm clock that knows when you are allowed an extra hour in bed.

Source: „Right now, hordes of fevered scientists around the globe are pulling all-nighter after desperate all-nighter. They haven't changed their clothes for weeks. The walls of their laboratories are speckled with fist-sized craters, each marking a different failure. Their marriages are in ruin, their children strangers to them. And it's all because Back to the Future: Part II was set less than two years from now.
"Damn it, Bob," one jaundiced, coffee-stained boffin is yelling at his semi-comatose colleague. "These people were promised hoverboards.

Roberto I. Belda: Internet of Things: Advantages May Far Outweigh Its Drawbacks

Source: „People may not realize it but the Internet of Things is already gaining traction and slowly influencing how people live in this connected world. Right now, its perceived advantages may far outweigh its feared drawbacks. Some analysts even called the up-and-coming technological paradigm shift as bigger than the Industrial Revolution.
The Internet of Things pertains to the concept of devices connected to the Internet where data gathered by such devices are reported to users. People can then act on the said data or the devices themselves are empowered to act on it.

Prix Art Electronica: “Smart City” and especially of “Smart Citizen”, going beyond the purely technological view of a Smart City

The “Digital Communities” category focuses on the wide-ranging social and artistic impact of the Internet technology as well as on the latest developments in social software, user generated content, mobile communications, mash-ups and location based services. Digital Communities” focuses on innovation in relation to human coexistence. Its main goals lie in first, bridging the geographical as well as the genderbased digital divide and second, bridging across cultural conflicts and third Read more about Prix Art Electronica: “Smart City” and especially of “Smart Citizen”, going beyond the purely technological view of a Smart City


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