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.

Steve Wilson: Who'd have picked a BlackBerry for the Internet of Things?

Source: „BlackBerry once relied on security and simplicity as key differentiators for winning over enterprise smartphone users.
 
But over the past five years, the company found itself trying to compete in a smartphone market that placed greater value on other features – namely a sexier user interface (touch instead of keyboard) and a broader app ecosystem.
Now BlackBerry has made a string of security acquisitions in order to return to one of its key value propositions


Jack Palmer: 

The IT and auto manufacturing industries are converging, meaning auto OEMs can no longer limit themselves as manufacturers of 'wheels and steel' only.




The IT and auto manufacturing industries are converging, meaning auto OEMs can no longer limit themselves as manufacturers of 'wheels and steel' only.
 
In a recent C-level discussion amongst telematics execs from Ford, General Motors and Kia, Read more about Jack Palmer: 

The IT and auto manufacturing industries are converging, meaning auto OEMs can no longer limit themselves as manufacturers of 'wheels and steel' only.




Antonio Skarmeta: Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC)

The Internet of Things represents a key enabler for realization of smart cities as it enables interaction between the smart things and an effective integration of the real world information and knowledge into the digital world. The smart (mobile) things instrumented with sensing and interaction capabilities or identification technologies will provide the means to capture information about the real world in much more detail than ever before as well as the means to influence the real world entities and other actors of a smart city eco-system in real time. Read more about Antonio Skarmeta: Pervasive Internet of Things and Smart Cities (PITSaC)



Yvonne Rogers: Moving on from Weiser’s Vision of Calm Computing: Engaging UbiComp Experiences

"To make this happen, however, requires moving from a mindset that wants to make the environment smart and proactive to one that enables people,"    Source:  A motivation behind much UbiComp research has been to make our lives convenient, comfortable and informed, following in the footsteps of Weiser’s calm computing vision. Three themes that have dominated are context awareness, ambient intelligence and monitoring/tracking. 


David Brin: Citizen Power - Part I: using our cell cameras for safety and freedom

Source: „If you push long and hard enough for something that is logical and needed, a time may come when it finally happens! At which point – pretty often – you may have no idea whether your efforts made a difference. Perhaps other, influential people saw the same facts and drew similar, logical conclusions! Here is my own latest example:
 
“Qualcomm and other wireless companies have been working on a new cellular standard—a set of technical procedures that ensures devices can “talk” to one another—


Today’s Toy Building Blocks Are Computing Components That Inspire the Maker Movement

Source: „Out of the box electrical components are helping you eliminate the complicated and time consuming steps involved in creating interactive products and maybe learn something in the process.
 
Legos.  Erector Sets.  Lincoln Logs. Tinker Toys.  These are building blocks for fabricating something that may have previously existed only in the mind.  As the folks at Meccano (owners of the “Erector” trademark) like to say, “If you can’t have it, build it.”


Rob van Kranenburg: There is a misunderstanding; Internet of Things is not new

The new term to describe this ‘total connectivity’ is Internet of Things. As a citizen you will hardly notice it, as it will be mediated through apps on smart phones, build in regulations in cars and building requirements, policies on e-health and open data programs from local Councils. The world seems more connected every day.  The gradualness of the process masks the granularity of the convergence of data coming from your body (e-health), your home (smart meter), your car (connected car) and ‘smart’ city services.


Federated Identity for IoT with OAuth

Paul Fremantle discusses using WSO2 Identity Server for a federated identity for the Internet of Things.
 
An open protocol to allow secure authorization in a simple and standard method from web, mobile and desktop applications.
 
The OAuth 2.0 authorization framework enables a third-party application to obtain limited access to an HTTP service.
"Is OAuth a New Concept?
No. OAuth is the standardization and combined wisdom of many well established industry protocols. It is similar to other protocols currently


DEF CON 22 - The Internet of Fails - Zach Lanier and Mark Stanislav

Video: „This presentation will dive into research, outcomes, and recommendations regarding information security for the "Internet of Things".

Mark and Zach will discuss IoT security failures both from their own research as well as the work of people they admire.

Attendees are invited to laugh/cringe at concerning examples of improper access control, a complete lack of transport security, hardcoded-everything, and ways to bypass paying for stuff.” Read more about DEF CON 22 - The Internet of Fails - Zach Lanier and Mark Stanislav



Tanisha Barua: Interview with Dr. George T. Haokip - protesting proposal to construct Smart City at Haolenphai

Source: „Tanisha Barua talked to social activist Dr. George T. Haokip who raises a protest against government proposal to acquire 3000 acres of land at Haolenphai in Chandel district of Manipur. Kuki people are protesting the proposal to construct Smart City in their area. In this regard, a memorandum was submitted to home ministry by Kuki People Forum. 

Q) Why protest Smart City? Don't you think it is a development project?
 A) See, there should not be 'abusive' development. 


Paula Rosenblum: The "Internet of Things" Comes To A TigerDirect Store Near You

Source: „Tiger Direct is a company with its roots in Do-It-Yourself technology. While the company started as “Tiger Software” in 1989 as a publisher of titles for both Windows and Mac computers, after several mergers and acquisitions, it evolved into a seller of build-it-yourself computers in early nineties.  In those days it sent massive catalogues containing every piece and part a DIY geek might use to build a computer and associated peripherals.  It launched its commercial web site, Tigerdirect.com in 1996, selling the same DIY  Read more about Paula Rosenblum: The "Internet of Things" Comes To A TigerDirect Store Near You



Wesam Al-Assaf: A smart approach

Source: ”The Middle East is abuzz with excitement about ‘Smart Cities’ and rightfully so! Economic, social and technological factors have converged to make the region ready for widespread Smart City developments. Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the recent announcement of strategic plans to transform Dubai into a Smart City by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; six greenfield economic cities in Saudi Arabia; and Lusail’s Smart and Sustainable City are all examples.
As the Middle East ushers in this new era of advancement, much has been predicted and promised about the integration of ICT in every aspect


Fahmida Y. Rashid: Can Your Home be Hacked? Possibly.

Source: „A security researcher looked at the networked device in his home and wondered if hackers could break in. The answer, as it turned out, was yes, and he is just beginning his investigation. "Before I started my research, I was pretty sure that my home was pretty secure," David Jacoby, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, wrote on the SecureList blog on Thursday. Jacoby noted that he didn't really have a lot of high-tech equipment in the first place. His post, while long, is worth a read. The thing is, you don't need fancy gadgets or high-tech equipment to have a networked home. A typical home has around five devices connected


Margie Manning: Dow Electronics plugs into the Internet of Things

Source: „If you listen closely, you’ll hear it. All the electronic devices in your home are tuning up to talk to each other.
The Internet of Things isn’t as far off as you might think, and it just got a little closer as Dow Electronics, one of the largest privately held companies in Tampa Bay, partnered with Nest, a home automation company that designs and manufactures sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled and self-learning programmable thermostats, as well as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors.
Nest products can be managed with mobile devices.”
 


IoT China, October 28 & 29 in Shanghai; interested in Internet of Things in China?

October 28 and 29 for the fifth time IoT China is organized in Shanghai, in the heart of the Chinese IoT region, IoT Capital Wuxi an hour away by high speed train. The Exhibition will focus on ITS and Automotive, Connected Car. The Conference will focus on enablers for IoT (building blocks that make IoT possible) domains (areas of expertise and industrial knowledge) and applications and services such as smart city, business models (the real value for the end users). The Vice-Mayor-in-charge of the Shanghai Government will deliver the Opening Keynote Speech. 


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