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.

The Internet of Autonomous Things: Strong Devices, Weakly Connected

Source: "„Trends are good, but use is king. The bottom line is that you don't go far in the embedded/connected world before you see the need for autonomous behaviour, beyond simply streaming data to and receiving commands from a cloud.....Putting it all together, this is a dimension of the future Internet of Things we see coming. Strong devices, weakly connected to their cloud masters. Devices running complex, high-level code, making real decisions, and devices that continue working with or without network connectivity. This is not to say that the weak device scenarios are invalid, but the realities around network availability and use cases Read more about The Internet of Autonomous Things: Strong Devices, Weakly Connected

Council needs your help!

Dear all,
We would like to start a questionnaire in the main newspapers in the countries where you all are.
And we would like to then start a good relationship with the editor to do quick and dirty surveys on a regular basis.
Can you send this to the IT editor or general editor of the biggest newspaper in your country?
Dear Madam, Sir,
Council is the number 1 Thinktank on a topic that may have come across your desk recently, the Internet of Things. We recently set up IoTDAY with our partner Postscapes and we received a lot of feedback from citizens and not only developers and IT experts.

Michael B. Farrell: The Internet-connected home

Source: "Yes, that is your refrigerator telling you it’s out of milk, and your plant asking for water.

Welcome to the Internet of Things, or Your House is Alive, and seemingly every appliance, device and random piece of hardware is connected to the Web and waiting for you to tell it what to do. A new wave of technology using sophisticated sensors and other measuring tools is quickly turning otherwise normal household hardware such as thermostats, locks, light bulbs, and garage doors into smarter devices that can be controlled remotely via the Internet and in some cases are clever enough to learn a users’ habits and adjust themselves accordingly. Read more about Michael B. Farrell: The Internet-connected home

Meghan Neal: The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades

Source: „The internet is still reeling from the Heartbleed bug discovered this week, which ripped a hole in the popular OpenSSL encryption library that left web servers bleeding out buckets of data—and not just any data, the kind of data people had specifically taken pains to protect: private information, passwords, cryptographic keys, security certificates, and so on.
But with all eyes trained on the huge swatch of the web that was found vulnerable to the nasty bug, let's not forget that thousands of network-connected devices, the nascent Internet of Things, are also embedded with OpenSSL.

Nestor Bailey: Toby Boudreaux: Designing a Technological environment to bring people together

In an age of ubiquitous devices and sensors, privacy becomes an activity rather than a default state.  Source: „In anticipation of his presentation at the PSFK CONFERENCE 2014 we spoke with Toby Boudreaux, the CTO of Control Group who helped create the new MTA’s subway wayfinding kiosks. Read his thoughts below on how the universal Internet of Things is inevitable, but it will be a subtle reorganizing of our current world rather than a totally new one..The most significant pattern I see lately is the embrace of peripherals and intelligent objects/spaces after a few years of Read more about Nestor Bailey: Toby Boudreaux: Designing a Technological environment to bring people together

Rick Blaisdell: The Internet of Things creates business opportunities like never before

Source: „In terms of business models, the Internet of Things (IoT) shift is generating unprecedented opportunities that can be seized by companies to develop new services, enhance productivity and efficiency, improve real-time decision making, solve critical problems, and develop new and innovative user experiences.
Basically, IoT represents a tremendous opportunity for various types of companies, including IoT application and service providers, IoT platform providers and integrators, telecom operators and software vendors.

Amy-jo Crowley: Five Internet of Things devices you’ve never heard of

Source: ..."The Situ food nutrition scale is designed to help users weigh their food and see nutritional information on their iPad via an accompanying app.
AwoX, a provider of multimedia interconnection technologies for the home, released an LED light bulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
French startup Cityzen showed off a sports shirt embedded with multiple sensors at Mobile World Congress in February it claims can record a player's heart rate, GPS location, temperature and speed.

Council becomes a Knowledge Partner for RE.WORK

Council is a Knowledge Partner for
RE.WORK Technology Summit, Berlin, 19-20 June 2014
RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit, San Francisco, 6-7 November 2014
RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit, London, 12-13 March 2015
RE.WORK summits focus on exponentially accelerating technology and its impact on business and society. 
The Internet of Things Summit brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

  Read more about Council becomes a Knowledge Partner for RE.WORK

Has anyone seen Ben lately?


know when your friends are near

know when something happens close by
spontaneous organization and disorder flows
[everyone within a mile radius here now]
publish your morning walk somewhere
meeting places invisibly sign posted [skateboard here wednes- days]

Internet of Things and Co-creation; open event, Brussels

As part of the activities of WG Co-creation of AC08 of the IERC and WP6 Sociotal we will be have an informal gathering on co-creation, participatory design and ‚temporary togetherness’ in Internet of Things in Brussels, on April 18 at from 10-1600.
Koolmijnenkaai 30-34
1080 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 5135928
Please RSVP at kranenbu@xs4all.nll
Limited to 10-15.

Zafar Anjum: From 'Compulsive Connectivity' to the Internet of Things

Source: „In this interview with Karthik Ramarao, the NetApp APAC CTO discusses the changing storage needs of businesses in Asia. You moved from Dimension Data to NetApp. What has been your focus in the last one year?
Karthik Ramarao: The industry is going through such a tectonic shift now. The perception of IT is changing; customers perceive IT very differently today. The traditional buyers of IT are also giving way to new types of buyers. Previous IT managers and CIOs who used to hold that fort of IT desires and define what IT needs to be, continues to change, and basically that's happening quite rapidly in this industry.

Ben van Lier: Can Machines Communicate? - The Internet of Things and Interoperability of Information

Source: "In the years ahead, more and more physical objects will be connected to the Internet. These connections will enable objects to exchange and share information among themselves. This way, slowly but surely, an Internet of Things will develop. In this Internet of Things, objects are not only connected to each other, but also to people. At random communication between objects is also called machine2machine communication. This communication is based on the idea, thought up by Shannon, that communication takes place by means of messages Read more about Ben van Lier: Can Machines Communicate? - The Internet of Things and Interoperability of Information

Win the European Energy Service Awards 2014

Source: „The efficient use of energy is important to achieve the climate protection objectives in Europe.
If you have implemented a successful and pioneering sustainable energy project or you are and innovative and highly qualified energy service provider or promoter, the European Energy Service Awards 2014 is waiting for your submission.
This prestigious prize, organised by the Berliner Energy Agency in the context of the European Energy Service Initiative 2020, recognizes outstanding efforts and achievements in the field of energy services in Europe since 2006.

Shawn Drew: The Internet of Things Will Revolutionize CRM

Source: „Customer relationship management (CRM) software is expected to continue its steady growth over the next year, but the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) could spur some serious innovation and investment within the area in a very short time.
As the world becomes increasingly connected, midsize businesses must stay ahead of the technology curve to ensure that they can continue to differentiate themselves.
CRM software has been a cornerstone of IT departments, allowing advances in technology to monitor the customer relationship both before and after the sale. Most modern CRM solutions


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