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.

Leo Sun: Facebook Inc Has Big Plans to Take Over the Internet of Things

Source: "Facebook (NASDAQ: FB  ) recently added support for Internet-connected devices to Parse, the mobile app development platform it acquired nearly two years ago. This move could help the social network tap into the booming Internet of Things (IoT) market, which IDC believes will grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion by 2020. Let's take a closer look at Parse, why it is so important to the future of Facebook, and how an expansion into the IoT market would help the social network.


Luis Ibanez: Arduino Day Special: Getting started with RFID tags

Source: “RFIDs—we use them every day. With every visit to the supermarket, public library, bookstore, or department store, we handle objects that have an RFID tag, which stands for Radio Frequency Identification. For one, these small tags make it easier for shop owners to keep inventory by tracking the flow of items as they're brought in, moved around, and purchased. RFID tags are usually composed of a small electronic chip that can store a few thousand bytes and an antenna that commonly takes the shape of a tight spiral


Tomaž Vidonja: 5th Living Bits and Things 2015, June 8th – 9th, 2015, Bled, Slovenia

Source: “In its 5th year »Living bits and things 2015« is all about delivering the value of the IoT to the market. Primarily focused to business applications it addresses the most relevant challenges in Smart Healthcare and Wellbeing, Smart cities and Industrial applications. Traditionally the event gives attendees insights and understanding of the centra and sout-east Europe region and opportunity to share and discuss their daily challenges with professionals and experts.  Read more about Tomaž Vidonja: 5th Living Bits and Things 2015, June 8th – 9th, 2015, Bled, Slovenia



Jared Newman: Right now, the Internet of Thingsis like the Internet of the 1990’s

Source: “Unless you think of technology as a geeky hobby unto itself, giving an Internet connection to everyday objects might seem like a waste of energy. Who needs really needs an online toaster, anyway? But just as the Internet was easy to underestimate in its infancy, this new push to connect everyday devices—a concept known as the "Internet of Things"—is barely representative today of what it might become tomorrow. And the parallels go beyond just potential. 


Réan van Niekerk: No future fantasy: the Internet of Things is already shaping South African society

Source: “The Internet of Things is already helping to shape and its influence is set to increase dramatically in the next few years as the impact of new technologies is felt.
The terminology is new, but the practice is not. We’ve been quietly building the Internet of Things (IoT) for more than a decade already, connecting nationwide networks of sensors for everything from traffic monitoring to national electricity distribution using


David H. Deans: How forward-thinking utilities are adopting the Internet of Things

Source: Most utility companies have a plan to utilize technologies that are key ingredients of the Internet of Things (IoT). As an example, the Smart Grid Sensor market will expand rapidly in the coming decade, with revenues growing nearly ten-fold, according to the latest worldwide market study by IHS.  IHS forecasts that while the smart grid sensor market only accounted for less than 20 percent of total sensor sales revenues in 2014, they will account for 75 percent of the total sensor Read more about David H. Deans: How forward-thinking utilities are adopting the Internet of Things



Will Flanagan: This Chicago Kickstarter Wants to 'Democratize' the Internet of Things for Developers

Source: For most connected devices, the Internet of Things should really be called "Internet of Things That Are Connected to WiFi." If wireless is unavailable or unreliable, the device is no longer connected; it's just a thing. That's why Konekt, a Chicago-based IoT company, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new Konekt Dash developer toolkit. Dash provides programmers and entrepreneurs with the hardware needed to connect


Jay Wey : Whitepaper for the IoT Connectivity. A Cellular-type Protocol Innovation for the Internet of Things

This paper argues that there is a need for improved cellular-inspired solutions for IoT networks and their applications. These cellular IoT solutions would ideally operate on the license-free sub-GHz frequency bands. These bands offer good coverage and high data rates at no cost for using these frequencies. Read more about Jay Wey : Whitepaper for the IoT Connectivity. A Cellular-type Protocol Innovation for the Internet of Things



Ben Popper: Facebook pushes into the internet of things, hoping to help power your smart devices

Source: “At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook announced that it's rolling out a new software development kit for Parse, a company it acquired in 2013 that provides a cloud backend for app developers. The goal is to make it easy for apps built on Parse to share data with connected devices like smart locks and lightbulbs.
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Facebook likely hopes that this will make it easy for data to flow


Deadlines Extended: RENEWABLE FUTURES 2015: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media

The Renewable Futures is a new conference series in the Baltic Sea and North European region that aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. It will shape new contact zones between traditionally separated domains - art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century.


Jacob Morgan: Why The Internet Of Things Will Change Everything

Source: “I’ve written about the Internet of Things in several past articles. One explained everything you need to know about IoT along with an infographic and the other provided a simple explanation of IoT. Today I wanted to explore IoT even further in the latest episode of the #futurein5. We’re all familiar with people connecting to the web — we can go online on our phones, computers, etc. But, what happens when devices start to go online? For example, I have a Fitbit Surge, a smart watch that goes online and connects to my scale, Read more about Jacob Morgan: Why The Internet Of Things Will Change Everything



Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things hindered by Net Neutrality?

Source: “The decision of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the “net neutrality” principle raised concerns by European authorities that declared their intent to adopt a different solution.  And this happens in a period when the usage of bandwidth is becoming essential to ensure the growth of the Internet of Things. The position taken by the FCC is that bandwidth services will be considered “utilities” i.e. public services like water and gas


Martin Smelt : IoT Developers Day 2015 April 16th, Jaarbeurs Utrecht

Internet of Things - Manage the Complexity, Seize the Opportunity. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision gaining greater momentum for making the world with which we engage smarter and more interactive. Whether it's for intelligent homes, autonomous manufacturing, or smart cities, edge computing is bringing forward embedded devices, machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies, intelligent systems, smartcards, and other secure endpoints that are becoming pervasive manifestations of technology Read more about Martin Smelt : IoT Developers Day 2015 April 16th, Jaarbeurs Utrecht



Hallie Golden: FTC launches investigative arm to tackle Internet of Things, Big data

Source: “The Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure your refrigerator's privacy policy is on the level.  On Monday, in a new push to examine consumer privacy in the realm of connected cars, smart homes and big data, the commission announced the creation of the new Office of Technology Research and Investigation.The office evolved from the agency's mobile technology unit, an entity the commission created a few years ago to address mobile technology’s own unique Read more about Hallie Golden: FTC launches investigative arm to tackle Internet of Things, Big data



Internet of Things: How the next stage of the internet’s evolution will connect humans and machines

Source: "TEN years from now, while looking for a new restaurant, you’ll search Google and find a nearby prospect. You’ll peruse the menu and once intrigued, pick a dish, say, “smell,” and a special device will emit the odour of that dish. Then, via another device, you taste a sample. Satisfied, you say, “Reservation for two, tonight, 7:30.” Congratulations, you just made a dinner reservation in 2025. The “Internet of Things” refers to the next stage of the Internet’s evolution.


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