Council is a think tank, consultancy, accelerator and forecasting group

Council is a loose group of professionals with different ideas and opinions. We want to host the full range of opinions on what will be a small avalanche of disruptive innovations. We have been through the full range of emotions and conceptual clarity that comes with grasping the territory, the full logistical, business, social and philosophical implications of the Internet of Things. We cater to the positions that see IoT as manageable and that means making scenaerios and policies for privacy, security, education and adoption. Read more about Council is a think tank, consultancy, accelerator and forecasting group



Council launched in Brussel in 2009: blogs, reports and videoclips

Council and Tinker.it! presented: Are you ready for the Internet of Things? A LIFT @ Home event, december 4, 2009, Brussels, at  IMAL.org

The movies by filmers Suzanne Hogendoorn and Joris Holtermans are on the Council Conference Channel on youtube. The evening program was streamed by IMAL and is archived. You can watch it.

IMAL was packed during the 12 hour event, including a marvellous vegetarian lunch and diner by Annabel. The presentations in the morning ranged the entire field. Read more about Council launched in Brussel in 2009: blogs, reports and videoclips



Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on The Internet of Things

Premier reveals personal stories behind major policy changes
(www.chinaview.cn 2009-12-27)

by Xinhua writers Xiong Zhengyan, Wang Yaguang

"BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Tales are usually told as entertainment, but sometimes they act as catalysts for change. In China, the world's third largest economy, story tales have led to national policy changes. During his first one-on-one interview with Xinhua News Agency on Sunday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told several personal stories Read more about Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on The Internet of Things



Sourcemap

New url (january 2012: Sourcemap)

Sourcemap is a platform for researching, optimizing and sharing the supply chains behind a number of everyday products:

"Simply put: We believe that people have the right to know where things come from and what they are made of." Sourcemap "is a tool for producers, business owners and consumers to understand the impact of supply chains. Our site is a social network where anyone can contribute to a shared understanding of the story behind products.



The Street of Shared Things

"It would be ideal if you could borrow what you lack from your neighbours. I love soup, but unfortunately I do not always have all the things or even the knowledge that I need to prepare it. If sharing was the norm this would not be an obstacle. Neighbours, too, could benefit from sharing, especially if they don’t know each other (that well). Many of us have tools lying around the house that we barely use. I find it a shame to buy such tools but too often I see it as my only option.{C}



PRESCIENT will be considering the privacy implications of emerging technologies

Michael Friedewald, project co-ordinator is happy to announce the PRESCIENT project, a recently started EU project dealing with privacy issue: "Emerging technologies offer significant benefits but also risks to our privacy. How to deal with these risks is the subject of a new three-year project funded by the European Commission. Called PRESCIENT, the project will be considering the privacy implications of emerging technologies Read more about PRESCIENT will be considering the privacy implications of emerging technologies



Neighbourhood talk(s)

Rob van Kranenburg: I posted a notice today April 9 'International Internet of Things Day', saying 'Lecture on the Internet of Things ' at Frédéric, our downstairs neighbour in our Ghent appartment block, and, apart from Kitty,  two people showed up! Peter, a neighbour from across the street and Reinoud, an engineer who lives in the appartment next to ours. I brought a bottle of Cava Brut, but only Kitty seemed to drink from that, as both me and Frédéric are teetotallers and Reinoud declined after a sip or two.



Gérald Santucci: Happy Birthday!

When I strive to remember what happened 40 years ago, here are the events that come to my mind: the end of the Vietnam War; the military coup in Chile; the Yom Kippur War that resulted in an increase by 200% of the oil price; Britain, Ireland and Denmark joining the EU; the World Trade Center becoming the tallest building in the world... All these events, and many others, were important, some of them still having echoes today. However, those events of 1973 that have had the most far-reaching effects went unnoticed Read more about Gérald Santucci: Happy Birthday!



Exploring the Impact of the Internet of Things

Source: "The “next big thing” is the Internet of Things, a world of networked devices equipped with sensors and radio-frequency identification aimed at interconnecting all things electronic to make them more intelligent and programmable. About 50 billion machines and devices could be linked by 2020, according to Cisco Systems, a leader in the IoT movement. Such smart devices are already being used, for example, to check soil moisture in vineyards, control the carbon emission of factories, alert drivers to traffic jams, and monitor patients’ blood pressure—all without human intervention. Read more about Exploring the Impact of the Internet of Things



Roger Strukhoff: Economics & The IoT

I look at the IoT as having three great components: M2M, wearables, and grids. The components can also be seen (roughly) as enterprise, personal, and government/organizational. I'll examine each area in follow-up articles. I'll start with the third, as it applies to research I've been conducting for the past three years and dovetails with the very high-level view of the IoT being taken by the largest technology companies in the world.And I'm looking forward to discussing issues great and small with all in attendance at the upcoming @ThingsExpo, for which I serve as Conference Chair. Read more about Roger Strukhoff: Economics & The IoT