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.

Robert L. Mitchell: Testing the Internet of Things: Can smart devices be united into an integrated whole?

Source: „Each device you buy, from the Nest thermostat to your smart crockpot, comes with its own app that lets you configure and program it, set up alerts and remotely monitor and control the device. As you go beyond two or three smart things, however, app clutter can take hold. There are simply too many apps, with too many alerts, to manage everything separately. What's more, each of these devices exists in its own silo, completely unaware of other smart devices in the home. That's where a universal smart home integration and automation system


Christopher Calnan: Dell opens Internet of Things Lab

Source: „Dell Inc. has opened a Silicon Valley laboratory where customers can develop software to improve business operations.
The facility, dubbed the Dell Internet of Things Lab, opened in the Dell Silicon Valley Solution Center in Santa Clara, Calif., according to a company statement.
It’s unclear how many employees work in the laboratory or what types of customers are using it. Dell spokeswoman Susan Torbitt declined to provide any details on Wednesday.
 
The Round Rock-based company has scheduled a mid-November event in which it will disclose such information, she said.”


Raffaele Giaffreda: "IOT 360" SUMMER SCHOOL ON THE INTERNET OF THINGS; Oct 29 - Nov 1, 2014 - Rome, Italy

In the last decade the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm has slowly  but steadily and increasingly permeated what researchers and engineers study and build. However, a "Killer" IoT application is still missing  so far. The "IoT-360" Summer School will demonstrate what it takes  to deliver an IoT-based product from scratch. To do so, the School  will be divided into two strongly coupled parts. The first part starts well before the School: the intended participants are encouraged to submit their IoT project ideas


John Kennedy: Internet of things to the fore at Hardware Hackathon

Source: „A hardware renaissance is happening in Ireland with the internet of things at its heart, and this past weekend it was given impetus at the Dublin City University/PCH International Hardware Hackathon in Dublin.
 
On Friday, 12 September, around 120 strangers trooped onto the DCU Innovation Campus.
 
By Sunday they had coalesced into a dozen distinctive teams who took an idea and made it into a minimal viable product (MVP) – in most cases a functioning prototype.


Kelly Ng: Adelaide City is developing The Internet of Things Innovation Hub

Source: „The Internet of Things Innovation Hub will focus on trialling and then installing new services to improve transport, healthcare, education, utilities and energy sectors. Adelaide will be the first Australian city to set up such a hub.
 
Devices such as household appliances, watches and cars will be able to exchange information with each other using the free public wifi network launched in Adelaide earlier this year. For example, a programmed carpark can alert a smartphone of available parking spots.


Chris Shaw:Command and Control: Will the Internet of Things sense when to stop?

Source: „Much like 3D printing, the expansion of the Internet of Things is fuelled more by ideas and vivid imaginations than concrete innovation. By connecting the intelligence of embedded processing with smart machines, objects and infrastructures, the IoT promises nothing less than to make the impossible possible.
Inevitably, the craving for the IoT is driven primarily by the desire for more consumer convenience and the ramifications will be prove to be positive and negative. For a start, the technology will enable a reduction


Strukhoff: The Cloud Computing Challenge for Africa

A good general picture of ICT environments and dynamics in Africa emerges when looking at our data.

Of the five countries under consideration here, drawn from all regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana leaps out as having made the most relative progress.

Ghana merits this ranking primarily from a relatively low amount of income disparity among developing nations, a relatively high access to faster Internet connections, and a relatively low amount of perceived corruption. Read more about Strukhoff: The Cloud Computing Challenge for Africa



Dick Weisinger: Hyped Technologies 2014: Internet of Things Takes Honors as Most Hyped

Source: „What do the technologies: the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, consumer 3D printing, Big Data and wearable computing have in common?  They’re all hot technologies that Gartner says are now in an over-hyped stage of their technology cycle.  This is the 20th year that Gartner has released their list of most hyped technology categories.
At the peak, the expectations and hype around a technology are at their highest.  What comes next is that people begin to question whether the promises


Bruce Sterling: If the hype is to be believed then the next big thing is the Internet of Things. But is it what you think it is?

Source: "Because the Internet of Things is not about things on the internet. A world in which all our household gadgets can communicate with each other may sound vaguely useful, but it’s not really for us consumers. The Internet of Things serves the interests of the technology giants, in their epic wrangles with each other. And it is they who will turn the jargon of “smart cities” and “smart homes” into a self-fulfilling prophesy. In this piercing and provocative essay, Read more about Bruce Sterling: If the hype is to be believed then the next big thing is the Internet of Things. But is it what you think it is?



Marissa Tejada: The Internet of Things: A Convergence of Technologies

Source: „Business is headed toward widespread integration with the Internet of Things (IoT). It is a concept that is also converging with the third platform, including cloud computing and big data analytics. The result is new opportunities for growth, including in smarter building construction, according to a new study.
 
New research from Frost & Sullivan points out that the melding of IoT and third-platform technology is creating new levels of customer satisfaction and business productivity. The report, titled 


Lilit Melkonyan: Graphene And The Internet of Things

Source: „“I got very interested in people who had discovered something more significant than … intellectual, abstract understanding.”  - Steve Jobs
As you may know, in 2013 the European Union’s Future and Emerging Technologies or FET announced its $2.3 billion grant. The mission of the program was to enhance new technological solutions based on graphene. The program aimed to promote high-risk research in the field of high technologies.  Believe us! All the expected discoveries will be a breakthrough in Cloud Computing and Internet of Things. Nokia was the Company to receive the above-mentioned grant from the FET.


IDG Connect: A New World Wired by the Internet of Things

Source: „The amount of data humans and devices generate every day is mind boggling. Storing that data has become so easy we’re almost numb to the sheer volume of information. For example, a drive that can store all of the world’s music will run you about $600, according to a McKinsey report on big data. But the sector of the economy that stores more data than any other source is often overlooked. It’s not healthcare, retail or government – it’s manufacturing. And the good news is that data is being used to transform the global manufacturing playing field by ushering in new business models and allowing companies to compete on smarts, not cost. Read more about IDG Connect: A New World Wired by the Internet of Things



Andy Hobsbawm: Five brands successfully embracing the 'internet of things'

Source: „As marketers wake-up to the potential of making previously dumb products smart, Andy Hobsbawm, co-founder and chief marketing officer of 'web of things' company Evrythng, picks out five brands which have seized this smart shift and successfully innovated.
Smart mobile devices are the fastest growing consumer technologies in history. One consequence is that we’re all carrying around the communications infrastructure for the Internet of Things in our pockets. Add to this the rapid innovation in smart labels and packaging technologies – from printed electronics like NFC labels and Bluetooth stickers, to image recognition, and 1D or 2D barcode scanning


Strukhoff: Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things

It's time to condense all I've seen, heard, and learned about the IoT into a fun, easy-to-remember guide. Without further ado, here are Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things:

1. It's the end-state of Moore's Law.

It's easy enough to debunk the IoT as "nothing new." After all, we've have embedded systems for years. We've had devices connected to the Internet for decades; the very definition of a network means things are connected to it. But now that the invariable, self-fulfilling prophecy of Moore's Law has resulted in a rise from about 10,000 transistors on a chip in 1980 to more than 2.5 billion today, our systems are powerful enough and fast enough to deliver long-imagined dreams. Read more about Strukhoff: Five (5) Things About the Internet of Things



Pranav Dixit: These Ant-Sized Radios Might Power The Internet of Things

Source: „The jury is still out on whether the Internet of Things will make our lives any easier. If and when it does, a lot of it might be powered these tiny, ant-sized radios. These radios that are made of silicon and measure just a few millimeters each, have been developed by researchers at Stanford University. You can fit dozens of them on a penny and the good news is that they're dirt cheap to manufacture. How did they achieve this? No batteries, for one, says PC World. The power requirements of these radios are so little that they can harvest the energy that they need from nearby radio fields, such as a reader device.”


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