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 Dunbar: Why does the Internet of Things matter to local authority leaders?

Source: “The Internet of Things will power a new era of innovation that gives authorities new opportunities to re-imagine their future. It will enable them to connect devices and line-of-business assets in their buildings, utility facilities, transport systems and on the street, gain new insights from data and leverage cloud services to unlock transformational and cost saving new scenarios. Authorities are under increasing pressure as we move into 2015 - citizens expect ever more from their leaders whilst an aging population, rapid urbanisation, modernisation mandates and economic austerity

Dean Meyers: The Internet of Things by 2020: what’s it worth?

Source: “While keeping tabs on the Internet of Things (IoT) this infographic appeared in one of Vizworld’s curation lists. If it seems simple or even simplistic consider that it is probably created for a general business audience. What’s most interesting is the visualization of the discrepancy between four highly regarded sources on the number of units that will be around in 2020, less than 6 years from now. The massive range from 26 billion units (Gartner) to 212 billion units (IDC) can be interpreted as probably a lack of consensus on what an IoT device is, or will be. Will it include your handheld device as well as your temperature-sensitive clothing? Read more about Dean Meyers: The Internet of Things by 2020: what’s it worth?

Chinese tech major keen to partner 'Smart City' project

Source: “A Chinese technology major today expressed desire to collaborate with India in its ambitious 'Smart City' project and a top official of the company will be visiting the country next week to take forward the idea.
"We want to partner with India in building its smart cities, as envisioned by the new government.
We are a leading firm in hardware and India is good in software and I think our association will be wonderful," Vice-President, Inspur Group, Zhang Dong told today.”

Lee Bell: Internet of Things search engine wants the world to sell and exchange sensor data. Thingful working on ways to monetise IoT

Source: “THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) is perhaps perfectly named. It sounds vague, dense and complex and that's because it is.
It's a convoluted and intricate network of ideas, data and devices. It's almost as though the name is aware of its own ambiguity, parodying itself and saying: 'An internet of, erm, 'things' because there's so much going on here we can't even begin to sum it up in one word.' Perhaps that's what prompted the guys at Thingful to try to make sense of it all

Gareth James: Brands are damaging the Internet of Things' rep with continuous non-news

Source: “Think of something and put the word "smart" in front of it. It's the new craze. We used to put an "i" in front of things and before that an "e" but not anymore, now it's all about smart things. All the brands are doing it. Smart diapers, smart meters, smart watches. How about smart chopsticks? Well they exist, sort of. Chinese web giant Baidu made an announcement, with a raft of headlines, explaining how the smart chopstick is able to tell the safety of your food. Ingenious? Yes. Over-engineered? Probably.

Jack M. Germain: Cooperation Critical to the Internet of Things

Source: "Consumers today are in an awkward position. Personal privacy is being wiped out by the Internet. At the same time, new technologies that interconnect our devices with our homes and office environments are offering stupendous advantages. Welcome to the Internet of Things' new world of openness. "Openness" means something different depending on whether you're basking in the convenience of all things connected or contributing to the monetized cash flow that connected-product purveyors get from your personal information. In this world, openness is pitted against privacy.

Lee Bell: UK will miss the Internet of Things boat without a major boost in development

Source: “THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of the London Digital Catapult centre has warned that the UK needs to ramp up development for the "huge revolution" that is the Internet of Things (IoT) or risk "losing out in the global race".
Neil Crockett said at an open event at the government-backed Digital Catapult Centre that a failure to develop IoT test beds will push investors and big British companies away from the UK to areas such as Asia and the US.
"There is a huge amount of innovation coming [and] the IoT is a revolution that the UK should be a leader in.

WEIDMANN Integrates RFID Labels Into Plastics

Source: “WEIDMANN has lengthy and vast experience in the development and molding of Labware. High-precision plastic components and systems are tailored to customer needs. Corresponding post-processes such as insertion, bonding, welding, printing, labeling, assembling and packaging are available in-house. Our Quality Management System is based on the ISO 13485 standard. We adhere to cGMP guidelines, and RNase/DNase-free and pyrogenic-free production are available. Our solutions, featuring advanced manufacturing technologies, are highly cost-effective. We are open to any design or manufacturing challenge.” Read more about WEIDMANN Integrates RFID Labels Into Plastics

Melissa Tan: Industry Transformation, Software Defined Everything, the Internet of Things and Cybersecurity to offer greatest opportunities in APAC for 2015, says Frost & Sullivan

Source: “Digital disruption is set to be the norm across industries as they look to transform to keep their business relevant amidst the ever changing technological landscape. The implementation of enabling technologies such as low cost sensors, cloud computing, advanced data

John Carpenter: Google's purchase of Nest Labs shows potential in Internet of Things

Source:“Big exits this year are loosening venture capital cash for Internet of Things startups, even as the growing sector for tech-infused interconnected devices remains largely controlled by big-industry players. Hyde Park Venture Partners Managing Director Guy Turner said companies such as Cisco and GE still command the so-called Internet of Things space, thanks mostly to design and implementation cycles for interconnectivity technology that are too long for most startups.
Still, Turner and others agreed, Google’s $3.2 billion

Mark van Rijmenam: Connecting Data and People. How Big Will The Internet of Things Be?

Source: “2014 was the year of Big Data, 2015 will be the year of the Internet of Things. More and more every day items are being connected to the Internet ranging from smart thermostats to smart toothbrushes. In the coming years, the amount of smart devices in our household could grow drastically as Gartner predicts that a typical home could contain more than 500 smart devices by 2022. The falling costs of sensors and the upcoming domotica platforms such as Apple’s Homekit will contribute to this growth. Read more about Mark van Rijmenam: Connecting Data and People. How Big Will The Internet of Things Be?

Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: Proximity, System Thinking, Affect #iot design principles for challenges: climate change, peak oil, social breakdown

Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: The authors articulate the foundations of a future manifesto for an Internet of Things in the public interest. Nold and Kranenburg propose tangible design interventions that challenge an internet dominated by commercial tools and systems, emphasizing that people from all walks of life have to be at the table when we talk Read more about Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg: Proximity, System Thinking, Affect #iot design principles for challenges: climate change, peak oil, social breakdown

Ben van Lier: Cyber-physical systems, complexity and emergence

Source: “In July 2014 a 40-tonne truck took its first autonomous ride in Germany. This autonomous truck is supposed to be able to navigate through European traffic independently by 2025. Thanks to all sorts of technological possibilities, the traditional physical truck is slowly but surely becoming a cyber-physical system.
One of these new technologies is the truck's special LED lighting. When the lighting turns orange, other drivers know that the truck is driving autonomously. If the lighting is blue the driver is controlling the vehicle.

Antonio Jara: OMA LwM2M TestFest in Dusseldorf (Germany) the 26-29 January 2015

OMA LWM2M is one of the most relevant standards for the Internet of Things, it is supported over CoAP, HTTP, etc. It is the basis for oneM2M, and it is one of the unique options to be able to interoperate between cellular and capillary networks.
This event will also hold a workshop the 28th January with key contributions from

Chloe Green: Making the Internet of Things a business reality

Source: “The Internet of Things is about far more than just connectivity. We live in a world that is becoming more and more connected. No longer do we just connect computers, tablets, and phones to the internet. Increasingly it is now possible to connect any powered device to a network. Known as the Internet of Things (IoT), such a concept is set to change the way we do business, but only if it is utilised properly. There has been much press about how significant the impact of IoT will be. For instance, Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group estimates that next year there will be around 25 billion connected


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