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.

Matt Asay: Why The Internet Of Things Is Still Roadblocked Its potential is huge; so are the obstacles.

Source: „It's increasingly a truism that the Internet of Things is going to be a big deal.
The main question is when.
While analysts are projecting the need for millions of developers by 2020 to tie together all our smart and not-yet-smart gadgets, there remain significant barriers to lift-off today, as detailed in a new report from IDTechEx.”

Giulio Coraggio: Internet of Things – Italian telecom authority seeks inputs

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable devices to communicate and share data with one another and data to be combined and used across multiple applications.  However, such applications also raise relevant legal issues.  The Italian Telecom Authority (AGCOM) has for this purpose just launched a consultation on the Internet of Things in order to understand how to better foster this market

Tammy Parker: Iotera close to funding goal for free IoT network

Source: „With more than one week left in its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, Iotera--a startup aiming to build a nationwide machine-to-machine network for all manner of connected devices--has raised more than half of its $250,000 goal. Iotera--the "Iot" refers to the Internet of Things--says it has built the "smallest, longest-lasting GPS tracker in the world." That diminutive (43mm x 22mm x 11mm) device--called Iota--is key to the firm's plan for a new nationwide wireless network with no monthly fees.”

Bhanu Singh, Chris Brahm & Prashanth Aluru: Internet of things: The future is here

Source: "The rapid integration of devices with communication systems will lead to large-scale adoption of M2M connections in industries like transportation and smart homes. Intelligent cars that drive and park themselves. Bandages that are capable of telling whether a wound has healed. Retail systems that monitor where shoppers linger. Thermostats that detect the homeowner's arrival and turn up the heat. All these devices - relegated to the future not too long ago - 

China’s digital transformation

Source: "As individual companies adopt web technologies, they gain the ability to streamline everything from product development and supply-chain management to sales, marketing, and customer interactions.

For China’s small enterprises, greater digitization provides an opportunity to boost their labor productivity, collaborate in new ways, and expand their reach via e-commerce. In fact, new applications of the Internet could account for up to 22 percent of China’s labor-productivity growth by 2025, according to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)." Read more about China’s digital transformation

Jacob Parry: Wearables and the Internet of things will feature prominently at this year's late summer tech fest

Source: „From Aug. 20 to 22, B.C’s startup founders and entrepreneurs will cross paths with their Silicon Valley cohorts (and a healthy number of Sand Hall Road investors) at Grow Conference 2014, which is being held in Whistler for the first time.
I spoke with Debbie Landa, founder of Dealmaker Media and the growing family of Grow-branded events and entities—easily the watering hole of Canada’s startup scene—about the upcoming conference.

Indiegogo - Droidles, the Social Network of Robots and Open Source Platform for the Internet of Things, Launches for Crowd Funding on

Source: "Hurley Research LLC today announced the launch of the Droidles Project, the first ever connected network of autonomous robots that evolve together. The Social Network of Robots, Droidles is a 3-part system consisting of cute little palm-sized robots, mobile apps for remote control and simple kid-friendly programming, and an open cloud service with website. Read more about Indiegogo - Droidles, the Social Network of Robots and Open Source Platform for the Internet of Things, Launches for Crowd Funding on

Mohana Ravindranath: GE brings the ‘Internet of Things’ to the factory floor

Source: „At a General Electric factory in Schenectady, N.Y., tens of thousands of tiny sensors are quietly collecting data about each step in the manufacturing of a battery. The sensors know, for instance, how humid the factory floor was on a certain production day, and exactly how much pressure a machine applied to a particular battery component. If polymer parts come out slightly thicker one day compared with another, sensors communicate this to the operator,

Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

Source: „You remember Peter Hoddie, right? He was one of the original QuickTime developers at Apple. He left in 2002 to help found a startup called Kinoma, which started life developing multimedia players and browsers for mobile devices. Kinoma was acquired in 2011 by Marvell Semiconductor, whose management kept it as a separate entity. 

The latest creation from Peter and his crew is the 'Kinoma Create,' AKA the 'JavaScript-Powered Internet of Things Construction Kit.' Read more about Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

Lucas Evers: Open Call for Project Stories

Send us your story before August 18 2014. iMinds and Artshare are running the ICT ART CNECT study for DG CONNECT - European Commission. The study aims at characterizing and connecting artistic communities of ICT researchers at all levels. From this analysis, recommendations will be drawn for a DG CONNECT strategy to engage more broadly with the arts in Horizon 2020 - the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Therefore we need your input on our website !!

The IEEE IoT-J solicits original work

The IEEE IoT-J is now available in IEEE Xplore. The IEEE IoT-J solicits original work that must not be currently under consideration for publication in other venues. Topics will include IoT system architecture, IoT enabling technologies, IoT services and applications, and the social implications of IoT. The fields of interest include, but are not limited to: • IoT architectures such as things-centric, data-centric, service-centric architecture, CPS and SCADA platforms, future Internet design for IoT, cloud-based IoT, and

Beth Bacheldor: RFID News Roundup: EU Commission publishes standards to alert consumers to RFID use

Source: „The European Commission (EC) has announced new technical standards designed to help organizations that employ RFID-enabled smart chips and systems comply with the European Union's data-protection rules, as part of the EU Data Protection Directive and the EC's 2009 recommendation on RFID (see European Privacy and Security Standards). A "data protection impact assessment" process has also been agreed on, according to the EC. Read more about Beth Bacheldor: RFID News Roundup: EU Commission publishes standards to alert consumers to RFID use

Michael Wolf: How The Internet of Things Is Reinventing The Kitchen

Source: „Ok, say you were to rank all of the important activities of life: work, play, exercise, sleep, sex, eating.
While the results may vary by age (though I have a sneaking suspicion what you Tindr-loving twenty-somethings would rank at the very top), there’s no doubt that most of us would put partaking in food and drink as one of the most important. After all, not only is eating necessary to live and something

Matthew Moran: The Internet of Things & Paradigm Shifting Hyperbole

Source: „IT professionals have been using hyperbole since the beginning of time!
(queue chuckles) But the truth is, to follow online discussions and watch the stream of articles - even here on CIO - you’d think there was a paradigm shifting technology every other month. I don’t find the changing/shifting face of technology to be mind-boggling. I find the talk of mind-boggling change to be mind-boggling. The Internet of Things seems to be the latest term to be

Ken Sinclair: Seeking Youth for the IOT Journey of our Industry

Source: „This is a request for input to help map out an online process for gathering thoughts, suggestions, and action on how we can attract young minds to our global large building automaton industry. Help me focus on recruiting Young People to advance our industry and help us in the transition of smart automated buildings into the Internet of Things “IoT”. I find it interesting that, in the blur of technology,


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