Are you ready?

We believe the "winning solution" to making the most open, inclusive and innovative Internet of Things is to transcend the short-term opposition between social innovation and security by finding a way to combine these two necessities in a broader common perspective. We do a SWOT analysis to see if you are ready for IOT and if so on what level you should focus.

  • We look at your backend and level of integration with wireless standards.

Consultancy by Council

We set up seminars and conferences on specific ambient issues and deliver the full range of possible positions and stakeholders on that issue. We arrange meetings with key players in widely divergent fields. These can be one on one. In our workshops we can offer simulations of what the Internet of Things means for your practice, business and ways of working. This environment is running parallel to yours and if you feel that it is helpful, it can become your real theatre of operations. This way you can work up an attitude towards a world of extreme connectivity this is beyond the hype. Read more about Consultancy by Council

The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID

Cities across the world are about to enter the next phase of their development. A near invisible network of radio frequency identification tags (RFID) is being deployed on almost every type of consumer item. These tiny, traceable chips, which can be scanned wirelessly, are being produced in their billions and are capable of being connected to the internet in an instant. This so-called ‘Ambient intelligence’ promises Read more about The Internet of Things. A critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID

Early expertise 2005: Bringing Innovation into RFID Applications.

In 2005 Gill Wildman (Plot) and Rob van Kranenburg hosted a seminar on RFID at the Design Council in London titled The Elephant in the Room: Bringing Innovation into RFID Applications. There was no no doubt that RFID had the potential to be a paradigm-shifting technology we stated and everyone is pleased when they get the technology to work, and that is difficult enough, but they are not building into the pilots the human dimensions that could make the pilots beneficial in a wider way. Read more about Early expertise 2005: Bringing Innovation into RFID Applications.

Internet of Things: what is it?

Currently we can discern two main blocks of thought on IoT.  The first is a reactive framework of ideas and thought that sees IoT as a layer of digital connectivity on top of existing infrastructure and things. This position sees IoT as a manageable set of convergent developments on infrastructure, services, applications and governance tools. It is assumed that, as in the transition from mainframe to Internet some business will fail and new ones will emerge, this will happen within the current governance, currency end business models. Read more about Internet of Things: what is it?

When your yogurt pots start talking to you: Europe prepares for the internet revolution

In June 2009- the European Commission published its Plan for Action. 16 DG's collaborated together editorially to check the ideas and the content. This in itself should alert us that the Internet of Things is serious business: "Take one example: a suitcase itself can indicate which plane it should be sent to. This is possible thanks to Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID). With RFID, more and more objects communicate with each other, slowly creating a network of information, a so-called "internet of things". Read more about When your yogurt pots start talking to you: Europe prepares for the internet revolution

Internet of Things Research

The first requirement for building an ambient society is a debate with all stakeholders; citizens, small and medium enterprises, multinationals, semi government and government institutions-on the granularity of experience that counts as input for the hard wired sensors that are the first line of picking up signals that count as data for the datamining, data, and not noise.- Therefore we feel that research into and quick and dirty applications of soft biometrics and innovative ways of gaining biofeedback in intuitive and non invasive ways is of paramount importance. Read more about Internet of Things Research

RFID, where are we in its development?

Unless we find new ways of scripting new forms of solidarities with digital technology, it seems like we can envisage two roads that both lead to less dialogue, less communication, less innovation, less business opportunities, less sustainable options. The one focuses on control in a fundamentally flux wireless environment. The other focuses on hiding the technological complexity behind ever more simple user friendly interfaces. In both cases there is no learning by citizens on how to function within such a system, thereby, opening up all kinds of breakdown scenarios. Read more about RFID, where are we in its development?

The Trust Paradox. We coined the phrase. We will design a way out of here.

This is because the logic of the Internet of Things sets forth not only its own disappearance as success, but in doing so builds its own foundation as being ‘natural’, and inevitable. If as a citizen you can no longer fix your own car – which is a quite recent phenomenon - because it is software driven, you have lost more then your ability to fix your own car, you have lost the very belief in a situation in which there are no professional garages, no just in time logistics, no independent mechanics, no small initiatives.So the main question is which institutions Read more about The Trust Paradox. We coined the phrase. We will design a way out of here.

Art and the Internet of Things

Wireless is increasingly pulling in all kinds of applications, platforms, services and things (rfid) into networks. Many people communicate through mobiles, blackberries, digital organizers, palmtops. Cars become information spaces with navigational systems and consoles like Nintendo DS have wireless capacities and get linux kernels installed. We are witnessing a move towards pervasive computing and disappearing technologies in intelligent clothing (wearables), smart environments (knowing where and who we are), pervasive games, and we will see doors opening for some and closing to others. Mimickry and camouflage will become part of application design. Read more about Art and the Internet of Things

Don't kill the Internet of Things

Our future with the Internet of Things is still quite unclear. But initial glimpses of it can be seen through applications of RFID technology. RFID tags are small computer chips with an antenna that allow the chip to communicate wirelessly with a so-called RFID reader. Normal communication range is a couple of centimetres, but can be extended to several meters using special readers. The most basic RFID chip simply contains a unique number that it broadcasts to any reader that asks for it. This type of RFID chip can be found attached to items in a supermarket, or in books you buy over the Internet. They are so small and flat you may noteven notice them straight away.  Read more about Don't kill the Internet of Things

Liam Bannon at Interact, blogged by Florian Michahell

"Then Liam jumped back to the previous topic of ambient intelligence and gave some good counter-examples of the stupid user always being supported by technology: user-generated content and open-source software just show the opposite, how the skilled users spread their ideas and collaborate through technology.

Human agency and technnologies have to come together. He referred to the Mc Namara-fallacy: The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes.
The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured Read more about Liam Bannon at Interact, blogged by Florian Michahell

Urgent need for: Powerscavenging

A particular group of miniature power generators consists "of devices that recycle energy available in the ambient. They are referred to as scavengers. Typical ambient energy sources are heat or mechanical vibrations." In an IOT environment this becomes even more urgent. Already we can talk of The Monster footprint of digital technology: "When we talk about energy consumption, all attention goes to the electricity use of a device or a machine while in operation. A 30 watt laptop is considered more energy efficient than a 300 watt refrigerator.  Read more about Urgent need for: Powerscavenging


The age of ubiquitous computing is here: a computing without computers, where information processing has diffused into everyday life, and virtually disappeared from view. What does this mean to those of us who will be encountering it? How will it transform our lives? And how will we learn to make wise decisions about something so hard to see?  

Writer and critical futurist Adam Greenfield explores this new technology and its implications for society, for business, for the way we design spaces and cities - even for the way we relate to each other. Free downloads from Everyware. Read more about Everyware

Where does all the trash go?

From the New York Times: "Karin Landsberg, 42, a self-described “eco-geek” in Seattle, was so curious that she invited researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology into her home last month to fish 12 items out of her garbage and recycling bins — a can of beans, a compact fluorescent light bulb — and tag them with small electronic tracking devices. Her trash is now on its journey to the place where it goes to die or be reborn. Read more about Where does all the trash go?