Council Mission

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.  The Internet as most people know it – the www - is 20 years old. In these twenty years we have seen disruptive innovations in content (individuals gaining power with their ideas  Read more about Council Mission



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

TCP/IP is the set of network communication protocols – the language - of the Internet (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) that ran officially on the ARPA network (the precursor of the internet) in 1983. Because of the military and academic background of the internet, the world wide web was made possible in 1993 with the browser’ Mosaic.  Read more about The Trust Paradox. We coined the phrase. We will design a way out of here.



Don't kill the Internet of Things

There is a well known mock-up image of a Google search result, where the query "my fucking keys" gets the answer "On the top of the fridge, right where you left them dipshit". This captures the essence of the Internet of Things beautifully: the virtual and the physical world get connected and collapse into one world, allowing us to search the Internet for our car keys, to see when the kids get home if we are doing overtime at work, or to get a message when the usual traffic jam back home is about to dissolve.



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 tal Read more about Urgent need for: Powerscavenging



NeoConOpticon - The EU Security-Industrial Complex by Ben Hayes

In this new report by Statewatch and the Transnational Institute: NeoConOpticon - The EU Security-Industrial Complex, Ben Hayes claims: "Despite the often benign intent behind collaborative European ‘research’ into integrated land, air, maritime, space and cyber-surveillance systems, the EU’s security and R&D policy is coalescing around a high-tech blueprint for a new kind of security. Read more about NeoConOpticon - The EU Security-Industrial Complex by Ben Hayes



Broaden the notion of enduser

The key element for design guidelines of IoT is to leave all the technology dashboards that are being currently build intact but override their protocol by widening the notion of endusers to encompass all citizens. This will allow small artisans and SME (as we see now happening to the iphone model) to make new kinds of slow business with all that data enabling, for example real-time individual threat analysis  Read more about Broaden the notion of enduser



Open Design and the Internet of Things

Designer Ronen Kadushin says: "Open Design is a personal attempt to close a creativity gap between product design and other fields (music, graphic design, animation and photography), which found their creative output in phase with the realities of information technology and economics.  The Open Design method is based on the principles of the already successful Open Source method that revolutionized the software industry, and gave birth to a social movement that is cooperative, community-minded and seeks legitimate ways of sharing creativity."



Moral Exemplars in the Computing Profession

In 'Moral Exemplars in the Computing Profession', Chuck Huff and Laura Barnard state "it is the combination of social and technical skills that leads to the successful performance of the virtues in com­puting, and that it would be more effective to teach this combination than to teach the two in isolation (or to only teach the technical). To do this will require some under­standing of the complex social and technical skill and knowledge base our exemplars used to solve the problems that confronted them and to achieve the goals they set."
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6LoWPAN: IPv6 over Low-Power wireless Area Networks

6LoWPAN: IPv6 over Low-Power wireless Area Networks

just some quotes for now:


"The Working Group will generate the necessary documents to ensure interoperable implementations of 6LoWPAN networks and will define the necessary security and management protocols and constructs for building 6LoWPAN networks, paying particular attention to protocols already available." source



European Parliament officially endorses the development of the Internet of Things

"In a resolution adopted Tuesday, the European Parliament officially endorsed the development of the Internet of Things. This resolution frankly encourages the development of an Internet of Things in the European Union. It even calls on the European IoT Commission to "secure co-financing for the implementation of these technologies" and "continue funding pilot projects."" (read further)
Council gave input for this resolution by providing feedback to rapporteur Lena Kolarska Bobinska, resulting in many amendments to the initial draft. Read more about European Parliament officially endorses the development of the Internet of Things



The Internet of Things: What It Is, Why It Matters

a GigaOM Pro report by Laurie Lamberth: "The “Internet of Things” (IoT) will likely be one of the most important technological advances of this century. The emergence of Cloud computing, meanwhile, has created the application and device management backbone needed to scale to and support billions of connected objects. Consumer, governmental and business trends are also pushing us toward the IoT. And despite inhibitors to growth, such as privacy issues and creating sustainable business models, we will see increasing benefits in our personal and community lives as the IoT takes hold." Read more about The Internet of Things: What It Is, Why It Matters



The RFID Security and Privacy Lounge

The RFID Security and Privacy Lounge references technical works related to security and privacy in RFID systems published in journals, conference proceedings, technical reports, thesis, eprints, and books. It is maintained and updated roughtly monthly by the UCL's Information Security Group in Belgium headed by Gildas Avoine.  A mailing list associated with the website alerts the registered members when an update is performed.



Call for Workshop Papers INTERNET OF THINGS 2010

Call for Workshop Papers INTERNET OF THINGS 2010, International Conference for Industry and Academia Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2010, Tokyo Japan), Organized by Auto-ID Laboratories at Keio University, ETH Zurich & University of St. Gallen and MIT. Call for Workshop Papers

WS1: The 1st Workshop on the Security of the Internet of Things (SecIoT 2010) Read more about Call for Workshop Papers INTERNET OF THINGS 2010



Council Interview with Tomás García Fresno on SmartSantander

Will Santader be the first Spanish Smart City?  Tomás García Fresno: "SmartSantander has enough elements to transform Santander not only on the first smart city in Spain but also in Europe. The aim of SmartSantander is to deploy the infrastructure necessary to demonstrate the viability of the Internet of things, but not only from a scientific perspective but also involving end users who get real and useful services."

Who are the key players?
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Centrica pic, parent of British Gas, invests in AlertMe

Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas, announced on October 7 that its British Gas division has acquired a 15.96% stake in AlertMe, a UK based company that provides home energy management services, for £5.7 million in cash...."Phil Bentley, Managing Director at British Gas, said "We want to make energy saving as easy as possible for our customers. This is why we continue to offer new, smarter ways to help customers take control of their energy usage.