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.

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,

CFP: Designing Things Together: Intersections of Co-Design and Actor-Network Theory

In this call, we acknowledge the emergence of an interesting space at the intersection of co-design and Actor-Network Theory (ANT), especially as design research is confronted with increasingly complex issues such as sustainability, social responsibility, inclusion and democracy; and new approaches such as design activism, design participation, and social and participatory innovation. The influence of Science and Technology Studies (STS) on design research has a long history and it is still enjoying a great deal of attention (Hanset et al, 2004; Ingram et al, 2007; Woodhouse and Patton, 2004). Read more about CFP: Designing Things Together: Intersections of Co-Design and Actor-Network Theory

EURIPIDES, the EUREKA Cluster for heterogeneous electronic products integration is publishing its Spring 2014 Call Calendar for proposals.

EURIPIDES launches two calls per year - in a two step approach - in order to maximize the chances for success, avoiding unnecessary and time consuming efforts to set up projects. In both stage, the EURIPIDES² Office will check whether public funding would be available for partners through the public authorities' network. All EUREKA member countries and associated countries can financially support EURIPIDES projects.

Glen Martin: How The Internet Of Things Is More Like The Industrial Revolution Than The Digital Revolution

Source: „Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of 1876 was America’s first World’s Fair, and was ostensibly held to mark the nation’s 100th birthday. But it heralded the future as much as it celebrated the past, showcasing the country’s strongest suit: technology. The centerpiece of the Expo was a gigantic Corliss engine, the apotheosis of 40 years of steam technology. Thirty percent more efficient than standard steam engines of the day, it powered virtually every industrial exhibit at the exposition via a maze of belts, pulleys, and shafts. Visitors were stunned that the gigantic apparatus.. Read more about Glen Martin: How The Internet Of Things Is More Like The Industrial Revolution Than The Digital Revolution

Nate Cochrane: Avoiding collisions in the internet of things

Source: „Imagine a world where just flicking on your windscreen wipers made the road safer for all drivers or where remote-controlled cockroaches rescued survivors trapped in fallen buildings. This is the world of the much-lauded ‘internet of things’ where machines talk to each other to streamline processes and make society more efficient. Gartner expects it to blossom in 2020 to 26 billion devices worth US$1.9 trillion ($2.14 trillion) compared to 7.3 billion PCs, tablets and smartphones by then.  It's also a world where there’s almost a limitless potential for things to go wrong - spectacularly. Calamitous possibilities range from self-driving cars colliding Read more about Nate Cochrane: Avoiding collisions in the internet of things

Urban Data Hack. February 15&16, London.

Smart cities: Making sense of urban data. Collaborative, participatory, equitable cities. How can we make cities more equitable, more participatory, more open using IoT + Urban Data + Data Science?
§        How can we use public urban data to improve citizen’s urban experience?
§        How can we remove barriers to accessing & distributing urban sensor, device data?
§        How can we combine IoT + Data Science to provide equitable insight to citizens and councils?
The IoT-Bay project has delivered its data sets and made its hub and catalogue available to the Hack

The Auto-ID Labs Internet of Things Conference is the premier forum to share, discuss and witness cutting edge research in all areas of development for the Internet of Things

The Auto-ID Labs Internet of Things Conference is the premier forum to share, discuss and witness cutting edge research in all areas of development for the Internet of Things. The 2014 Internet of Things Conference is seeking original, high impact research papers. 

Please refer to the conference website for details on how to submit a paper

Mike Freeman: The rise of the Internet of Things

Source: "In the next few years, your car might send you an email that its catalytic converter needs maintenance. The bottle of your prescription medicine might ping your doctor when pills run low. Your refrigerator may display a digital grocery list based on the food you typically buy.
Sound far-fetched? Not really.
Analysts talk about these types of applications for the Internet of Things — a buzzword to describe the trend of more and more previously dumb gadgets getting smarter through low-cost sensors and connections to the Internet.
The Internet of Things was the epicenter of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Stuart Houghton: The Internet of Things is nothing to fear

Source: „The Internet of Things was never envisioned as a way for Google, Amazon and Apple to hoover up all your data.
When MIT's Kevin Ashton first proposed the IoT in 2009, his was a more utopian vision of RFID-tagged objects having their statuses checked and integrated. Of algorithmically optimised gadgets, watched over and quietly micromanaged by machines of loving grace.
Today, low-power embedded systems have become sophisticated and cheap enough that it is becoming practical to not simply tag objects for centralised control but to give them some level of processing power.

3rd International Workshop on Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things (esIoT-2014) - 2rd-4th July (Bimingham - United Kingdom)

esIoT is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society Internet of Things Emerging Technical Subcommittee and co-organized by IoT6 European Project
Extending Seamlessly to the Internet of Things (esIoT) is an international workshop focused on the integration aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT). The emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) systems should provide transparent access to information

Ugo Bardi : What future for metals?

Source: "Resource depletion (which includes "peak oil") is a popular subject nowadays. When dealing with the world's mineral resources in general, it is a subject that I have covered with a couple of posts on "The Oil Drum", one titled "The Universal Mining Machine." Clearly, the interest in depletion is growing, as shown also by a book by André Diederen, "Global resource depletion"  and by the recent one by Bihouix and De Guillebon "What future for metals?" 
The basic conclusion of all these studies is that the problem we have may not be so much one of energy scarcity. We have good technical solutions to generate energy without the need fossil fuels.

Andy Hobsbawm: The internet of things: what role will humans play?

Source: "In the future, blood pressure monitors will be able to keep people's medical records up to date and prompt them to exercise. Photograph: Stockbyte/Getty Images
The talk at this year's World Economic Forum in January was of a new technology-powered industrial revolution that's going to disrupt the world economy; about how the internet of things will fundamentally change the way all the physical things in our lives work, from shoes to glucose monitors to cars and beyond. Everything will be programmable, trackable and use data to optimise its performance.
But for anyone who's already nervous about drones fighting our wars,


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