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



Roger Strukhoff: Can the IoT End Violence?

Violence is the great disruptor, the great destroyer of people, nations, and hope. Getting people to consider all options is a prime drive of our research at the Tau Institute, which has data and rankings on the ICT infrastructures and dynamics of 102 nations.

The research ties into my continual study of the IoT as part of my duties as Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, coming up again Nov 4-6 in Santa Clara. But it can be difficult to get companies and individuals seeking new markets, sources, locations, and investments to consider more "dangerous" places.How prescient of Google to see this as well. How inevitable great technological strides may be for all the nations of the world. Read more about Roger Strukhoff: Can the IoT End Violence?



Strukhoff: Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things

It's time to condense all I've seen, heard, and learned about the IoT into a fun, easy-to-remember guide. Without further ado, here are Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things:

1. It's the end-state of Moore's Law.

It's easy enough to debunk the IoT as "nothing new." After all, we've have embedded systems for years. We've had devices connected to the Internet for decades; the very definition of a network means things are connected to it. But now that the invariable, self-fulfilling prophecy of Moore's Law has resulted in a rise from about 10,000 transistors on a chip in 1980 to more than 2.5 billion today, our systems are powerful enough and fast enough to deliver long-imagined dreams. Read more about Strukhoff: Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things



Strukhoff: The Cloud Computing Challenge for Africa

A good general picture of ICT environments and dynamics in Africa emerges when looking at our data.

Of the five countries under consideration here, drawn from all regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana leaps out as having made the most relative progress.

Ghana merits this ranking primarily from a relatively low amount of income disparity among developing nations, a relatively high access to faster Internet connections, and a relatively low amount of perceived corruption. Read more about Strukhoff: The Cloud Computing Challenge for Africa



Strukhoff: Digging Deeper

I wrote a couple of months ago about the six rankings we've created, and how they're derived. We think the technology and socioeconomic factors we integrate into our rankings reflect many of the underlying issues facing the 103 nations we survey. For example, a high percentage of Internet connectivity and robust bandwidth implies an overall strong physical infrastructure. A low level of perceived corruption reflects strong institutions. And there is likely a strong correlation between lower levels of income disparity and higher levels of education. Read more about Strukhoff: Digging Deeper



Strukhoff: What I Learned at Cloud Expo

I served as Conference Chair for the 15th International Cloud Expo and 2nd ThingsExpo, held November 4-6, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. 

Here's what I learned:

  • Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are a reality. This may seem obvious to anyone in the industry, and it was confirmed throughout each day last week. Cloud is not going to be a ubiquitous utility anytime soon, as might have been thought a few years ago. The market for private cloud – derided as cloudwashing a few years ago



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