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.

BRCK - your backup generator for the internet

Source: "The idea behind BRCK is that all kinds of jobs require steady connectivity, even when infrastructure is spotty due to wireless connections that come and go, intermittent power, or devices that can’t share connections. Seeing this, we set out to redesign connectivity for the world we live in - Africa. Read more about BRCK - your backup generator for the internet



Scott Jenson: Deconstructing the Internet of things

"We just need to look at what smart means in a more nuanced way. The goal of this post is to convince you that the SmartToaster™ actually is a bold new vision of the future. If I can unpack what it means to be smart, so that even a lowly toaster starts to make sense, we’ll be thinking about the IoT in a much broader context."" Read more about Scott Jenson: Deconstructing the Internet of things



Yolande Kolstee: the third issue of the AR[t] Magazine about Augmented Reality

AR[t] is an inspiring magazine series for the emerging international AR community. The magazine is run by a small and dedicated team of researchers, artists and lecturers of the AR Lab (based at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Leiden University. In AR[t] Read more about Yolande Kolstee: the third issue of the AR[t] Magazine about Augmented Reality



Alex Dalenberg: The Internet of Things has the world buzzing

Source: "The Internet of Things will connect everything (eventually... probably) and investors are starting to take note. The Internet of Things is the next big thing. Investors, big business and entrepreneurs are starting to take serious note of the wide ranging family of technologies that will connect all manner of everyday objects, Read more about Alex Dalenberg: The Internet of Things has the world buzzing



From Pachube to Cosm to Xively

Source: "LogMeIn has just launched its own PaaS for the internet of things, calling it Xively (the beta version was known as Cosm). And developers wanting to start creating connected devices on this platform are being offered the Xively Jumpstart Kit, which combines Xively with ARM’s mbed platform, for building devices using ARM’s microcontrollers. With this kit, the companies promise, developers Read more about From Pachube to Cosm to Xively



Philip Sheldrake: Attenzi – a social business story

Attenzi – a social business story shines a light on social business that goes beyond the all too typical homages to social media. It’s a relatively short and easy read intended to help readers explore what social business means for their organization, marketplace, communities and career.

The story is designed to galvanize the organization.


Joachim Hackmann: Industrie 4.0 ist das Internet der Ingenieure

In German: SourceSource: "Industrie 4.0, M2M und das Internet der Dinge sind unterschiedliche Themen mit gleichem Hintergrund: Bessere Vernetzung, zunehmende Miniaturisierung und fallende Hardwarekosten bereiten den Boden für sich selbst verwaltende Systeme. Deutschland ist das Land der mittelständischen Fertigungsunternehmen. Read more about Joachim Hackmann: Industrie 4.0 ist das Internet der Ingenieure



David Hallett: Monitoring a Key to Better Performance

Source: "The ''internet of things'' is not a network, but a new buzz phrase describing the growing use of network-connected embedded microprocessors, often connected to sensors or other data-gathering instruments. Microprocessors are now so inexpensive and networks are so pervasive, that embedded systems provide a wealth of data that most industries can use to monitor and improve operations. Read more about David Hallett: Monitoring a Key to Better Performance



Jeff Bertolucci: Internet Of Things Wake-Up Call For Enterprises

Source: "Organizations need to plan for the new generation of Internet-enabled devices that may be located anywhere in the world.  In a little over a decade, the Internet of Things has evolved from academic concept to business reality, albeit one that's still very much a work in progress. Coined at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology'sAuto-ID Lab, Read more about Jeff Bertolucci: Internet Of Things Wake-Up Call For Enterprises



A very strong EU presence at IoT China 2013, the most influential IoT Conference in China,

A very strong EU presence at IoT China 2013, among the most influential of IoT Conferences in China, mixing academic insights and business experience and needs in such a way that it meets a current reality. That is a complex and difficult one as IoT is quite disruptive. However with the right amount of infrastructural planning Read more about A very strong EU presence at IoT China 2013, the most influential IoT Conference in China,



Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-To-Machine (M2M) Communications Market to Reach $290.0 Billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 30.1%

Source: "According to a new market report, “Internet of Things Market & Machine-To-Machine Communication Market – Advanced Technologies, Future Cities & Adoption Trends, Roadmaps & Worldwide Forecasts (2012 – 2017)”," Read more about Internet of Things (IoT) & Machine-To-Machine (M2M) Communications Market to Reach $290.0 Billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 30.1%



Iain Akerman: The next big thing will be physical, not social

Source: "While social media companies have sparked excitement at the conference in recent years, this year the focus was on hardware start-ups, specifically companies building web-connected physical products in a developing area known as ‘The Internet of Things’. Made possible by the proliferation of smartphones and the advent of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter... Read more about Iain Akerman: The next big thing will be physical, not social



Rob van Kranenburg: Phronesis: Innovation in the crucible of development of Internet of Things

Ordinary citizens have everything to gain from IoT: better feedback on their health and that of their loved ones, better deals for leasing (ownership of hybrid objects makes less sense), better decision making on local and global levels (direct representation takes out ineffective governments Read more about Rob van Kranenburg: Phronesis: Innovation in the crucible of development of Internet of Things



The Internet of Things at Internet World 2013

Source: "Also new for 2013 was the Internet of Things feature which allowed visitors to interact with objects which are connected to the internet...Sarah Tanner said, "The Internet of Things feature was incredibly well received and really goes to show the strength of face-to-face events for business. Our visitors want to be inspired and to interact with technologies of the future.  Read more about The Internet of Things at Internet World 2013



Nandagopal Rajan: 'The Internet of Things is already here', says Roberto Saracco

Source:In an email interaction, Roberto Saracco, President and Node Director of European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) Italy, explains how the Internet of Things is already a part of our lives.Q: Is the internet of things already here, or are we just at the beginning of a revolution? Read more about Nandagopal Rajan: 'The Internet of Things is already here', says Roberto Saracco



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