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.

Internet of Things in Finland: Impact on Business

New revenue models for participating companies in the emerging IoT market will impact on the readiness to invest into IoT. Specially the demand for highly secure solutions related to user authentication, user authorizations and smart devices is calling for development of competitive solutions, which are considering security, privacy and trust in IoT.

Security products will be potential revenue generators, as they are needed across the verticals. Read more about Internet of Things in Finland: Impact on Business



Jim Poole: Trading Jet Packs in for the Internet of Things

The good news is that we’ve done some of this before. For instance, the ad hoc networks that develop in a booming Internet of Things must converge in one place to connect and exchange or hand off data. It’s similar to the needs of Internet networks in the late 1990s, when the company I work for, Equinix, was founded as a neutral site for networks to “peer” — to meet and trade Internet traffic. Neutral peering enabled the Internet’s explosive growth. It will do the same for the Internet of Things. Read more about Jim Poole: Trading Jet Packs in for the Internet of Things



Christopher Heine: A Ford Car Is Tweeting in Sweden

Source: “Ford is taking the idea of the "Internet of Things"and giving it a social twist over in Sweden. The carmaker has parked a Ford Kuga Titanium X—a low-emission, diesel-powered vehicle—right outside of Stockholm Central Station, where the car is rigged with sensor technology that captures what onlookers are doing before tweeting an interpretation about their activity on Twitter. The Ford is evidently also "commenting" on what it's like inside the historic station.. Read more about Christopher Heine: A Ford Car Is Tweeting in Sweden



Melissa Apte: Why the Internet of Things Creates a More Engaged Customer

What I find so inspirational and interesting is how a small-medium business like Fitbit can use technology to create a big impact and a highly engaged community. Their vision was to create a wearable product that would change the way we moved, which was made possible by advances in sensors and wireless technology. And now it’s estimated that over 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020.
So what’s the opportunity for your business? Read more about Melissa Apte: Why the Internet of Things Creates a More Engaged Customer



Jack Palmer: Linux Foundation, QNX and Bosch have joined forces to open automotive

Source: "Linux Foundation, QNX and Bosch have joined forces to address the contentious question of how open the automotive IVI platform should be. The answer will define the future of cross industry collaboration and ultimately decide how 3rd party app developers can be engaged to enhance connected car content and apps. This panel debate has been released in association with the Content and Apps for Automotive Europe Conference... Read more about Jack Palmer: Linux Foundation, QNX and Bosch have joined forces to open automotive



City Pulse: Citizen design competition

Source: "In collaboration with the Alexandra Institute, Aarhus Municipality, Open Data Aarhus, Smart Aarhus and CityPulse, we invite you to the first FP7 CityPulse Citizen Design Competition. We are putting 800EUR up for grabs in cash prizes for three lucky winners (500EUR, 200EUR and 100EUR)." The CityPulse project designs, develops and tests a distributed framework for semantic discovery, processing and interpretation of large-scale real-time Internet of Things.. Read more about City Pulse: Citizen design competition



Internet of Things' poised to be catalyst for ICT industry next year

For example, the Airbus A380 has components fitted with sensors to monitor wear and tear in real time. This continually generated data allows Airbus to maintain a dynamic maintenance process and optimise performance. From a technology perspective, this requires a huge amount of storage and application functionality, as well as data analysis. Cloud computing, big-data technologies and lower-cost sensors are expected to have a positive impact on aircraft manufacturers and airlines.” Read more about Internet of Things' poised to be catalyst for ICT industry next year



Vera Coelho: CFP: Fourth Special Session on Multivariable Processing for Biometric Systems

The Fourth Special Session on Multivariable Processing for Biometric Systems (MPBS 2014) is part of the International Conference on Health Informatics (HEALTHINF 2014), which is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and held in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), EUROMICRO and ISfTeH. Read more about Vera Coelho: CFP: Fourth Special Session on Multivariable Processing for Biometric Systems



Barbara M. Asselbergs: Radical Transparency and how to design this?

Processing all of this data can have a great impact on cities — and the behaviour of its residents....A lively debate about privacy and the ethical impact surrounding the use of data is taking place globally. What does this radical transparency mean for individual social interactions and the design of new interaction models? In today’s world it is no longer an option to be ‘for’ or ‘against’ transparency and openness. It is simply a reality in today’s world. The question is ‘how do we want to engage with it?’" Read more about Barbara M. Asselbergs: Radical Transparency and how to design this?



David Green: China Revs up for The Internet of Things

As it stands, the state remains very firmly in the driving seat when it comes to providing financial support and engineering opportunities to invest in and provide technology for projects that leverage IOT technologies. “The Chinese government is by far the largest consumer in the IOT space. Consequently, the government has tremendous leverage in shaping the industry’s development,” Tiam adds. “That said, a lot of the action remains at the local level, as certain local governments have been particularly active... Read more about David Green: China Revs up for The Internet of Things



Jean-Louis Gassée: Appliances are just that, appliances. It’s word we use as an insult to describe a boring car

Consumers certainly don’t have to be sold on the benefits of connected devices. We can’t function without our smartphones, tablets, and PCs. But once we stray outside the really personal computer domain, the desirability of connected devices drops dramatically.
The dream of giving sensors, actuators, and an Internet connection to everyday objects feels good, until one looks... Read more about Jean-Louis Gassée: Appliances are just that, appliances. It’s word we use as an insult to describe a boring car



Florian Harjes: 2nd International Conference on System-integrated Intelligence

Bremen between the 2nd and 4th of July 2014. The conference is co-organized by the LogDynamics and provides a forum for academia and industry to present their latest research findings, innovations and practices in the field of system-integrated intelligence. It focuses on the integration of advanced functional capabilities into materials, systems, parts and products as an enabling technology for established application scenarios as well as new products.. Read more about Florian Harjes: 2nd International Conference on System-integrated Intelligence



Matt Turck: The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up

Now, the battle has expanded to the rest of the home. With the emergence of connected devices, the entire home is being reinvented as a data product, opening great opportunities to entrepreneurs.  A whole new generation of startups is rushing in. Nest, with its beautifully-designed home products, has become the poster child for this phenomenon, but many others are producing exciting new connected devices and platforms, at an outstanding pace. Read more about Matt Turck: The Battle For The Connected Home Is Heating Up



Amadou Diallo: Do Smart Devices Need Regulation? FTC Examines Internet Of Things

...the ability of devices to collect, store and share personal data is only going to increase...Even if you choose to shun smart appliances, personal health devices like web-connected glucose monitors for diabetes patients are now common and by September 2014, all new cars and SUVs sold in the U.S. will be required to include Event Data Recorders (EDRs) which have long had the ability to collect a wealth of information about location and driving habits. Read more about Amadou Diallo: Do Smart Devices Need Regulation? FTC Examines Internet Of Things



Stephen Harris: Hack to the future

Source: "They’re nightmare scenarios. You’re driving your gadget-packed car and suddenly the self-driving system malfunctions and takes you off the road. Or your pacemaker fails due to an errant signal from the modem that connects it to your doctor’s office. The “internet of things” concept means more and more everyday objects from fridges to the food inside them are already - or on their way - to becoming connected to the internet. And where there’s a link, there’s a way for hackers to take control or viruses to find their way in. Read more about Stephen Harris: Hack to the future



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