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

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.

April 9: Global Internet of Things Day

Council proposes to hold very small Council meetings anywhere in the world on April 9. These can vary to having a cup of coffee with someone and talk about the Internet of Things or hosting a dinner at your place, or going for a walk on the beach, as long as it is on April 9 and about IoT, and we really pump up the jam on this one on Twitter, Facebook, What-have-you, to make it into a yearly Council Internet of Things day.

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.

Jens Dyvik: Who builds the internet of things?

During the IoT conference last month in Brussels, I noticed a general confidence in the possibility to shape the Internet of Things into whatever form we see most fit. But I am asking myself how much of this power is real and how much is imagined by the different participants in the universe of IoT. The European commission has power to restrain by rules and to nurture by subsidies. And corporations have a choice in product, service and presentation. Consumers have an influence by choice in purchases.

Council is part of the High Level Group on IoT from the European Commission

In COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS, Internet of Things — An action plan for Europe, we can read that "IoT is not yet a tangible reality, but rather a prospective vision of a number of technologies that, combined together, could in the coming 5 to 15 years drastically modify the way our societies function.

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Can the Internet of Things 'Fix this PLanet'?

Fix this Planet: "a good example of where the Internet of Things can actually begin to make sense.  In an working system, you would like if one failing component informed another – preferably a dependent component – of impending shutdown or destruction.  And that component would inform other components in a waterfall effect that pinpoints the failure while failing safely." (source) Once a broken thing is identified, it needs to be located.

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Alan Radding: The key to the Internet of Things is "excellent analytics—fast real-time analytics"

Alan Radding: "The Internet of Things has the potential to change our businesses and our lives as much as or possibly more than today’s Internet. It has been a long time in coming, maybe since the advent of bar codes but certainly since the development of RFID tags. The Internet of Things is another aspect of the digital transformation of the world. IBM has given it the Smarter Planet label.

Gerald Santucci: The many opportunities and challenges of the Internet of Things

Gérald Santucci, DG INFSO, Head of unit: Networked Enterprise and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): "The number of devices connected to and by the Internet is expected to range between 16 and 50 billion in 2020, depending on the definition of ‘device’ that is retained. Fleet and freight management, security/surveillance, transport and mobility, vending/payment terminals, smart metering and grids, industrial processes, etc.

Social Web of Things from Ericsson Research: things will have 'friends'

Social Web of Things from Ericsson Research shows that "people in general find it hard to relate to technical networks and do not feel comfortable managing them. Instead we should set up the internet of things like a human network. We have a relationship with our things, and our things have relationships with each other. We are providing a glimpse of a possible future beyond the internet of things. What is about to happen is that things will have 'friends' - and post messages, follow news feeds, and even chat with other things and/or friends."

Entry Nr 5: What is the opposite of Panopticon Contest? : Brian Sherwood Jones

Brian Sherwood Jones: The Panopticon question: "The current Web 2.0 has massive shortfalls in privacy and security - to a large extent representing the end of anonymity and privacy. Is IoT proposing to make good this technical debt as well as provide the end-to-end information assurance necessary for IoT applications to work with privacy, security, safety, accuracy, timeliness etc.? The issue is not one of 'things' but the funding and control of the infra-structure.

Torsten Grabs
 & Colin Miller: Building the Internet of Things

Torsten Grabs
 & Colin Miller: "There’s a lot of buzz about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) lately, and for good reason. Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg estimates 50 billion devices will be connected to the Web by 2020 ( [PDF download]). To put this number in perspective, right now there are about 1.5 billion Web-connected PCs and fewer than 1 billion Web-connected phones—50 billion is about seven devices for every human being on the planet! Read more about Torsten Grabs
 & Colin Miller: Building the Internet of Things

Florian Michahelles: [IoT 2012] IoT Challenge Competition, IEEE indexed, Cash Prize

"IoT Challenge" Competition is a seperate session of IoT 2012 conference. You're welcome to submit to this session. The “IoT Challenge” offers a platform to graduate students, PhD students, researchers and developers working in all areas of Internet of Things to share and showcase their recent highly innovative research and practical solutions to real-world problems. Read more about Florian Michahelles: [IoT 2012] IoT Challenge Competition, IEEE indexed, Cash Prize

Natacha Roussel: The Internet of Open Stuff (Paris, OWF, October 11-13)

The Internet of Open Stuff: When artists as Konstantin Schmoelzer who uses his daily life on internet as a creative material, stands front with activists and engaged political like Amelia Andersdotter who daily defends privacy and open soucre issues at the european parliament, Council practically tackles issues of personnal connectivity. Read more about Natacha Roussel: The Internet of Open Stuff (Paris, OWF, October 11-13)

Open World Forum: Focus on KidExperiment

Focus on KidExperiment. In association with Hackidemia, Mini-Share & Les Petits Débrouillards d’Ile-de-France . Based on the experience of Mini-Share conference, for the first time, at Open World Forum, a mini-conference for kids!

If kids are the future they also need to be fully aware of what "digital" means, to discover, to test, to experiment....and as they are sometimes more creative than us, to help us to go one step forward! Read more about Open World Forum: Focus on KidExperiment