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.

Arrayent Opens European Headquarters in London, England

Press release: Arrayent  "the leading Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider adopted by major consumer brands, announced today that it has opened its European office in central London. This new office will serve as the European headquarters and support all business functions from sales, marketing , customer support and applications engineering.  Arrayent customers will receive more timely and localized pre and post-sales support; Arrayent's product roadmaps will be strengthened by closer collaboration with its European customers.
“We are delighted to announce the

Strukhoff: Brazil Commits to Tech Ed at G20 Summit

Each of the G20 member countries outlined a Comprehensive Growth Strategy at the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. One of the more aggressive plans comes from Brazil, which has pledged to train 12 million young people in technical areas by 2018. The program is called Pronatec, and is administered by the Ministries of Labor and Education jointly with local councils. The program has actually been in effect since 2011, already reaching 8 million students, according to the report. It targets an additional 4 million students over the next four years. Its cost was listed as more than US$6 billion. Read more about Strukhoff: Brazil Commits to Tech Ed at G20 Summit

Open Days IoT Workshop: IoT’s Enormous Potential … Unveiled (3 November 2014)

In the wrap up, workshop moderator and Community Manager of Rob van Kranenburg stressed the importance of a session like this for IoT developments in Europe. It is vital that mayors, regional politicians and local governments see the IoT as a means to solve real issues that Europe is faced with today. In a recent survey by The Acquity Group, 87% of consumers said they had never heard of the IoT. If this lack of awareness leads to lack of interest, “a major driving force for widespread adoption will be missing”, he warns. In the 2014

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Net-It-Be Newsletter – Issue n° 6 – Editorial

Source: “Europe’s Future Internet (FI) and networking scene remains a glimmering light in what has been a struggling European economy.
This is not just good news for the Net Futures community, but also a good sign that the European Commission’s funding programmes and initiatives to stimulate Future Internet developments are bearing fruit.
Initiatives like the Startup Europe Partnership, FIWARE Accelerator Programme, action plan for ‘Boosting digital startup financing in Europe’, and parallel investment in Internet of Things (IoT), cloud take-up and ‘beyond-5G’ networking technology are a case in point. You can learn more about all of these initiatives

John Holden: Dell embraces ‘internet of things’ as key way forward

Source: “The only thing less anticipated by this reporter than heavy downpours in Austin, Texas, was Simon Le Bon’s lively attempts at convincing the 5,000-strong DellWorld 2014 crowd of nerds to dance to Duran Duran. He mostly failed.
Talk focused a lot around big data, the cloud and disruption. Unsurprisingly, it was almost impossible to find anyone, anywhere, prepared to say anything negative about Dell or its founder and chief executive. But then again there’s plenty of reasons for Michael S Dell to be happy right now.”

Antonio Jara: CFP Extended Nov 30 2014: "International Workshop on Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC-2015)"

This workshop aims at gathering researchers and developers from the fields of the Internet of Things, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Smart Cities to discuss the technologies and research challenges associated to new applications and services in Smart Livable Cities.
The Internet of Things is a key enabler for the realization of smart cities as it allows for the pervasive interaction with/between the smart things leading to an effective integration of information into the digital world.

Carly Okyle: What Consumers Want -- and Don't Want -- From the Internet of Things

Source: “Just as smartphones forever changed our lives, 57 percent of consumers say that they believe the Internet of Things will be revolutionary, with another 47 percent saying that companies that aren’t trying to connect their products to the Internet are missing a big opportunity, according to a study conducted by marketing tech company Affinnova which was recently acquired by consumer and media insights compmany Nielsen. Yet, as promising as the future is, right now customers are none too pleased with the Internet-connected products available.

Jayashree Nandi: Singapore offers to develop Delhi to a smart city

Source: “Many Indian cities including Delhi may be aspiring to be "smart" but that's easier said than done.

Singapore which is now working towards positioning itself as the first "smart nation" has done it through meticulous urban planning to use land, water and power most efficiently. Masagos Zulkifli, Its Masagos Zulkifli, minister in home and foreign affairs who met Indian journalists on Friday as part of media visit organised by Singapore International Foundation (SIF) said Indian cities first need basic planning to make lives comfortable for people. Read more about Jayashree Nandi: Singapore offers to develop Delhi to a smart city

Steve Hilton: MachNation: Will carriers become irrelevant in the Internet of Things?

Source: “I am worried.
Across the world MachNation has been continuing our dialog with carriers about their strategies and tactics in the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. We have heard about their growing machine to machine (M2M) business units, their burgeoning number of M2M employees, their focus on increasing their share of the M2M wallet beyond connectivity.
See if you can name which M2M carrier follows this strategy.

Dan T.: What the 'Internet of Things' Means for Enterprising Entrepreneurs

Source: “It’s the tech term du jour: the "Internet of Things." Simply stated, it's the connection of technology devices to the Internet, everything from smartphones, coffeemakers, cars and lamps to anything with an on-off switch.
In many ways, the move has been almost inevitable with the cost of broadband Internet decreasing, the creation of more devices with Wi-Fi capabilities and the penetration of smart devices further into the human experience. The Internet of Things is just the logical next step.  
So yes, the Internet of Things is growing significantly but perhaps more important from a business perspective

Giulio Coraggio: Top 5 takeaways on legal issues of Connected Cars

Source: “Here are the main legal topics on connected cars covered during the Connected Automobiles conference where I gave a presentation named “Privacy and regulations: state-of-the-art and future issues” on legal issues relating to connected cars whose slides are available here.
I already discussed in this post about some of the legal issues affecting connected cars, but the discussions at the conference raised additional topics of concern and here is my top 5 of the legal topics covered during the event:
1. Who is the owner of the data?
Car manufactures often don’t have the technology necessary to support connected cars’ devices and therefore

Michael Humphrey: Study: The Internet of Things Has An Enthusiasm Gap

Source: “Yesterday in my Digital Media class I showed students several videos about the Internet of Things. The first I showed them was an explanation from IBM, produced in 2010. The second was a recent video from the Shots of Awe channel on YouTube. We compared the differences and similarities of the two videos. Some were obvious—IBM put a premium on data, while Jason Silva focused on the impact the Internet of Things would have on us. One key similarity was the highly positive narrative about IoT.
The discussion, as it often does whenever I talk to my undergrad

Call for Papers on “Smart Things, Big Data Technology and Ubiquitous Computing solutions for the future Internet of Things”

Many of the IoT systems and technologies are relatively novel. There are still many untapped applications areas, numerous technical challenges and issues that need to be improved and broadly exploded.

The aim of this special issue is to provide the last and most innovative contributions concerning Internet of Things, Big data and Ubiquitous Computing Technologies that interoperate with the objective of solving problems, provide functionality or optimize tasks. Read more about Call for Papers on “Smart Things, Big Data Technology and Ubiquitous Computing solutions for the future Internet of Things”

John Hagel III: Finding the Money in the Internet of Things

Source: “Executives have heard of the Internet of Things (IoT), but they’re understandably suspicious of all the hype. The one question that’s on all their minds is: where’s the money? Where and how will this new technology generate meaningful economic value for the enterprise? In the absence of a clear and compelling answer to this question, there’s a lot of interest, but relatively limited investment to date in a promising technology. Unfortunately, most technology vendors, accustomed to selling products to CIO’s, rarely focus on the overall economic impact of this technology. And business executives often focus on some particular

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Jake Kendall and Cameron F. Kerry: Enabling Humanitarian Use of Mobile Phone Data

Source: "The prevalence of mobile communication in the developing world is ever increasing, with now 89 active subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. With this access comes the potential for unprecedented insights into individuals and societies, such as migration patterns, economic transactions, and even importation routes of infectious diseases like Ebola. However, the absence of a common framework for sharing mobile phone data in privacy-conscientious ways and an uncertain regulatory landscape


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