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.

Paul Venezia: Sure disaster: How not to do the Internet of things

Source: „We're hearing a lot about the Internet of things these days. It's the long-promised utopia where our alarm clocks and refrigerators are all Internet-enabled and working magic on our behalf. Further on down the road, anything else we can imagine will be able to talk to hosted service platforms in the cloud and send all kinds of data back and forth. How else would we update the firmware in our recliner? (NB: I couldn't actually find a connected recliner, but I'm sure one is right around the corner


Claire Beale: Forget the dizzying possibilities, and offer something useful to consumers

Source: „In our crazy digital world, I love the fact that the internet of things (IoT) was invented by a brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Its catalyst was an out-of-stock shade of lipstick in Tesco. And it began life on a P&G PowerPoint presentation.
And just when you thought the story couldn’t get any better, you find out the guy responsible was born in Birmingham. Genuinely, I find this exciting.
Gloriously, the next "big new thing" was (almost uniquely) born


Amanda Mackenzie: What the internet of things means to me: Amanda Mackenzie, Aviva

Source: "Amanda Mackenzie, chief marketing and communications officer at Aviva talks about what is possible thanks to internet-of-things thinking, and where it may take her and her brand.
It’s been said that the internet of things will revolutionise the insurance industry. It certainly has the potential to transform healthcare, improve road safety and make people’s homes more secure.
In every one of these areas, technology will allow insurers to calculate risk more accurately,


Mark Roberti: Can Zebra Change Its Stripes?

Source: "Zebra Technologies' acquisition of Motorola Solutions' enterprise business, which sells mostly bar-code and RFID equipment, is a very big deal (see Zebra Buys Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business, Motorola Exits Stage Left and What's Behind the Motorola Deal). It presents Zebra with enormous opportunities—and some risk if the company doesn't get the merger right.
The potential upside for Zebra is on the RFID side. There might be steady business providing replacement bar-code scanners, but it will never again be a high-growth business. The RFID industry, on the other hand, is beginning


Steven Loeb:How does Arrayent make money?


Source: „Vator's inaugural two-day Splash Oakland event is going to be taking place less than two weeks from now, on May 6-7. During the event, I will be taking the stage to talk to a group of venture capitalists and entreprenuers about the future of the Internet of Things.
For those who don't know, the Internet of Things is a network of devices that are connected via sensors to maximize the potential of each object. That can include anything from airplanes, to cars, to thermostats, refrigerators, even soda cans and forks. One of the panelists who will be discussing the space is Shane Dyer, the founder and CEO of Arrayent.


Extended deadline: The Internet of Things Philosophy, York 3-5 July

3rd - 5th July 2014 York St John University, Lord Mayors Walk, York, UK, YO31 7EX The Internet of Things (IoT) is an umbrella term used to describe a next step in the evolution of the Internet. While the first phase of the web can be thought of as a combination of an internet of hyper-text documents and an internet of applications (think blogs, online email, social sites, etc.), one of the next steps is an Internet of augmented ‘smart’ objects – or ‘things’ – being accessible to human beings and each other over network connections. Propose a paper or video.


The Sixth International Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems (INCoS-2014)

INCoS-2014 covers the latest advances in intelligent and adaptive solutions for social networks and collaborative systems. The ultimate aim is to stimulate research that will lead to the creation of responsive environments for networking and, at a longer-term, the development of adaptive, secure, mobile, and intuitive intelligent systems for collaborative work and learning.


Yves de Montcheuil: How to make the most of the Internet of Things

Source: „David Cameron's announcement of an extra £45 million to develop the Internet of Things is great news – that's £73 million that the UK has earmarked in funding research in this space. The announcement highlights a growing understanding at the highest levels of government of the huge potential, both commercially and from a consumer perspective, presented by the vast volumes of data that connected objects are generating every day.
 
Some of these objects have been in existence for decades


Wilson Ng: Internet of things

Source: „ONE of the fastest growing segments will soon be Internet and technology being embedded in things like glasses, thermostats, cars, watches and everywhere else. They call this the Internet of things.
 
Among this is what people call Internet wearables. This week, Google Glass, the company’s much anticipated innovation that allows an eyepiece to take commands and give you a viewer as well as a video camera, goes on sale. With Google Glass, you can check your e-mail, check references, surf the Internet and take videos or pictures.
 


Barb Darrow: Yes, the internet of things will be great, once we get the mess untangled

Source: „For IT veterans who still smart from the integration and data-sharing woes of the client-server era, the internet of things poses huge new challenges and they’re not just about technology.
If you thought the in-house data silos of the client-server era were a nightmare, get ready for the hairball that the internet of things could engender. As tens of billions of “things” — sensors, machines, mobile devices — get connected to the internet and to each other


Chris McMahon: Internet of Things: Changing the Insurance Value Chain

Source: "The rise of the Internet of things could change every link in the insurance value chain, according to “The Internet of Things and the Insurance Value Chain,” from Celent, creating new business opportunities for early adopters and saddling late adopters with adverse selection.
Donald Light, director of Celent's Americas P&C insurance practice, explains that the Internet of things (IoT) consists of three interdependent components: things with networked sensors, such as automobiles


Dean Takahashi: Watch Dogs really lets you hack your way through a smart city (hands-on preview)

"Pearce uses his smartphone to hack into ctOS, the city operating system that controls the infrastructure of the realistically rendered Chicago. He breaks into neighborhood control centers and then uses the infrastructure for his own purposes. He can get access to everything. He can intercept phone calls, listen to voice mail, hack bank accounts, or use security cameras to spy on bad guys. When cops are chasing him, he can activate road blockers that the pursuing vehicles will crash into Read more about Dean Takahashi: Watch Dogs really lets you hack your way through a smart city (hands-on preview)



The Technium: A Conversation with Kevin Kelly: Technology is anything a mind produces

Source: "My definition of technology is anything a mind produces, so I have a very broad scope of technology, and I would say that the first technologies actually came from animals. In a certain sense the collective mind of an anthill or termites can make a skyscraper. It's kind of like the external phenotype. You can have birds weave. They do weave. They weave nests. Beavers engineer dams, and that just as we had an external phenotype that we made with our own minds, Read more about The Technium: A Conversation with Kevin Kelly: Technology is anything a mind produces



Steve Range: Internet of things and wearables drive growth for ARM

Source: „Interest in the internet of things, wearable devices and enterprise networking have helped boost profits at chip designer ARM. The company said 2.9 billion ARM-based chips were shipped by its customers in the first quarter of this year, up 11 percent year-on-year, and said it had seen strong year-on-year shipment growth especially in enterprise networking and microcontrollers which grew 150 percent and 40 percent respectively. Revenues hit $305m for the quarter,


Jon Xavier: McAfee VP on zombie switches and security in the Internet of Things era

Source: "Security in the current era of computing is about locking down a relatively small number of devices: your PC, your phone, your tablet, and the router you use to connect all those things. Yet defending just those four devices is a problem so large that a $4 trillion worldwide industry has sprung up around it.
But in the era of the Internet of Things, when each device from your toaster to your garage door is connected, everything will need to be secure: your house, your car


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