The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role - however small - in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to follow and  forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offices, streets, and cities.

Jake O'Donnell: Internet of Things devices to create 'real-time enterprise on steroids'

Source: “Internet of Things devices are about to hit the enterprise in a big way, and IT may be ill-prepared to handle the thousands of "things" soon to flood corporate networks. IT pros can expect the number of connected devices to increase by seven to 10 times by 2020, which will in turn cause network traffic to grow by three to five times over current levels, said Jack Gold, analyst and principal at J. Gold Associates in Northborough, Mass., during a session here at the M-Enterprise conference.

Sophie Curtis: How Twitter will power the Internet of Things

Source: “If you want to announce something publicly to the world, Twitter is usually the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to do it. Whether you're an individual or a company, posting a Twitter update ensures that anybody with any interest in what you're doing will have instant access to that information.
However, it is no longer just individuals and companies that are using Twitter to broadcast what they are doing – machines are doing it too, and thanks to the public nature of tweets, this information can be used to drive a whole new range of 'internet of things' applications.

Eirini Kartsaki & Theron Schmidt: Volume 20, Number 5: On Repetition; Deadline: 5 December 2014

‘The love of repetition is in truth the only happy love’, Constantine Constantius argues in his attempt to re-live a love affair, always already lost. In this playful account of repetition, written in 1843, Søren Kierkegaard proposes that life itself is a repetition.  Across visual arts, music, contemporary performance, dance practices, craft, and writing, repetition can be seen as a strategy to connect the formal properties of a work to thematic concerns about originality

Fostering IoT entrepreneurship and innovation through Startups and SMEs

The workshop will bring together experts in the field of Internet of Things, innovation, Startup and SME support from business, European Commission and Government, to discuss the opportunities arising when IoT development of technologies and services are taken up by Startups and SMEs. Innovation and growth in Europe is largely driven by Start ups and SMEs, and the upcoming market of IoT is right in the heart of new business opportunities.
During the workshop participants will hear from the responsible officials

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Guido Mengelkamp: Technology Investing & Strategy

Source: “Every week, 1.5 million people join the urban population: a “new” London every 1.5-months, a new Tokyo every 2.
The West took over two centuries to move from the countryside to the city; the East is transitioning much faster.
In 1800, only 2% of the world was urbanized, in 1950, 30%, in 2007, 50%. Cities filled with German craftsman, American cowboys, Japanese samurais, converging their material world, maintaining their cultural, rural traditions.

A Model-based Security Toolkit for the Internet of Things

A Model-based Security Toolkit for the Internet of Things: Ricardo Neisse, Igor Nai Fovino, Gianmarco Baldini, Vera Stavroulaki†, Panagiotis Vlacheas, Raffaele Giaffreda
Source: “The control and protection of user data is a very important aspect in the design and deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT). The heterogeneity of the IoT tech- nologies, the number of the participating devices and systems, and the different types of users and roles create important challenges in the IoT context. In particular, requirements of scalability

Elena Kvochko: Six ways the internet of things will affect our jobs

Source: “As the internet of things starts to underpin more and more industries, businesses expect it to bring increasing value. But is it a fad or a truly disruptive force? Industry executives believe the IoT will have a powerful impact on their business.
How prepared are businesses and employees to make the most of this opportunity? One of the greatest fears often cited by industry is automation of jobs. While a certain number of jobs are likely to be replaced by the IoT, a big number of other jobs, even those we cannot fully envision today, will emerge.

Jeff John Roberts: The internet of things is in a bubble phase, says IBM internet of things exec

Source: “Forget about all that data that firms want to collect from internet-connected toasters — a lot of it is worthless. Here’s how firms should really think about IOT, according to IBM’s Paul Brody.
The idea of an internet-connected toaster is, for now, a stupid idea: the average person doesn’t care how many Pop Tarts they consume, and no one wants to rewire their entire home to make all their devices talk to each other.
That’s the perspective of Paul Brody, VP of internet of things

Tom Rowlands: Festival as Lab: Call for Entries...Smart Cities, Future Internet, Internet of Things

FutureEverything invites proposals for self-funded research and innovation projects to be presented as a part of the 20th anniversary FutureEverything Festival, 26-28 February 2015. Successful applicants will be given a unique opportunity to stage co-design, prototyping and public trials, engaging festival visitors and residents of Manchester at festival venues and across the city. Projects will showcase ground-breaking concepts, products and services to commercial enterprise

David Meyer: Why Thingful sees respect for data owners’ wishes as key to internet of things development

Source: “Thingful founder Usman Haque told the Structure Connect 2014 audience that data generators need to have control of what they emit, and that will mean structuring internet of things systems accordingly. It’s not just discoverability that’s going to be key to getting the most out of the internet of things. As businesses try to combine diverse datasets, handling differing desires around data “entitlement” will also be crucial, Thingful founder

Urban air pollution is a growing problem in most cities in developing countries. was founded by Dr. Sarath Guttikunda in 2007 with the vision to be a repository of information, research, and analysis related to air pollution.
Urban air pollution is a growing problem in most cities in developing countries. However there is weak institutional capacity to address this issue in an integrated manner, because (for one reason) there is little in the way of an organized knowledge base or development/application of analytical tools that may help support decision making.

Taiwan well positioned to explore Internet of Things market: ITRI

Source: “There are still good opportunities for Taiwan in the Internet of Things (IoT, 物聯網) era because of a strong demand for hardware manufacturing, the chairman of the state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) said Monday. Addressing a local forum organized by the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Taiwan, Tsay Ching-yen said Taiwan is losing its leading high-tech position as the global technology industry's focus shifts from manufacturing to developing smart devices catering to the rise of the Internet and mobile networks.

Amy-jo Crowley: The Internet of Things is in chaos and immaturity. Too many players, ecosystems and standards in the market say analysts

Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is in a period of chaos and immaturity as there are too many standards, players and ecosystems to connect the billions of devices and applications together. That is according to leading analysts, who said the chips, sensors and wireless technologies at the centre of the emerging market are facing "significant challenges". At a MediaTek panel discussion Read more about Amy-jo Crowley: The Internet of Things is in chaos and immaturity. Too many players, ecosystems and standards in the market say analysts

Julian Hattem: (US) Senators push for ‘Internet of Things’ hearing

Source: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee wants Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) to hold a hearing on the millions of new connected refrigerators, cars and other devices.
The so-called “Internet of Things” is “sparking a number of important policy questions” about security and privacy, Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote to Rockefeller and ranking member John Thune (R-S.D.) on Monday.

Ajit Jaokar: Predictive Analytics as a service for IoT

Source: “This post is a personal viewpoint based on my teaching (IoT and Machine Learning) at the City sciences program at UPM in Madrid – Technical University of Madrid and at Oxford University (with a mobile perspective). Predictive Analytics are critical for IoT, but most companies do not have the skillsets to develop their own Predictive analytics engine.  The objective of this effort is to provide a predictive analytics interface for Hypercat. We aim to provide a solution accessed through a Hypercat API and a library. Whenever possible, we will use Open Source. We will also encapsulate


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