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.

Franck Le Gall: IoT Week Hackfest

The IoT Forum and the European research cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC) are pleased to invite IoT experts, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and researchers to its first IoT Week Hackfest Serie.
Participants will be offered with access to state of the art IoT infrastructure provided by leading European research projects and initiatives. In addition, participants will benefit from crash courses provided by the project engineers.
 
4 challenges will be presented: 


IoT Week session: Best Practices for involving communities in European IoT projects

Session: One of the crucial points for the success of European Projects is the adoption of technologies and frameworks. While there are dedicated resources for dissemination activities (including mostly participation in exhibitions, conferences and workshops, as well as the deployment of diverse Pilots), it is quite often that Projects fail to create a sustainable community Read more about IoT Week session: Best Practices for involving communities in European IoT projects



Ken Brott: RFID and the new carwash equation

Source: „...The growth of RFID and monthly pass plans is creating what we call a “virtuous cycle” in the carwash industry. Our theory of this cycle goes something like this: as more customers see other customers whizzing through an RFID-equipped self-pay station and completing their transactions without even lowering their window, they decide that they want the same time-saving convenience too. This motivates them to join the monthly pass plan themselves, which in turn increases volume even further Read more about Ken Brott: RFID and the new carwash equation



Patrick Thibodeau: The philosophy of IoT: Will it help or hurt?

Source: "Some ask the big questions about the Internet of Things. Will it free up human potential? Will everyone share in its benefits, or just those who capitalize on it? These are the types of issues that may be raised at the Philosophy of the Internet of Things conference in July at York St. John University in the U.K. Beginning July 3, this may be the first such conference organized around this topic. One of its organizers, Justin McKeown, head of the program for Fine Art and Computer Science


Internet of things may bring its own problems

Spurce: "Smartphone users are becoming more comfortable with controlling household appliances from their phones.
The Pew Research Center recently asked nearly 12,000 people - selected Internet experts and members of the US public - to predict how the network of connected devices, sensors and electronics known as the "Internet of things" might affect their lives.
They raised two major concerns: first, that consumers will need to actively protect the data generated by their devices, and


Workshop "Innovating Manufacturing Education, Workplace Training & Performance Support”
3 July 2014, Milan, Italy

A renaissance is underway in manufacturing IT. New disruptive technologies are starting to create what many call cyber physical manufacturing or the 4th industrial revolution.

Attracting students to manufacturing and up skilling  the manufacturing workforce to make it capable of coping with new market conditions, models, processes and technologies  is no longer Read more about Workshop "Innovating Manufacturing Education, Workplace Training & Performance Support”
3 July 2014, Milan, Italy



Antonio Regalado: The Economics of the Internet of Things

Source: „Product companies compete by building ever bigger factories to turn out ever cheaper widgets. But a very different sort of economics comes into play when those widgets start to communicate. It’s called the network effect—when each new user of a product makes its value higher. Think of the telephone a century ago. The greater the number of people who used Bell’s invention, the more valuable it became to all of them. The telephone became a platform for countless new businesses its inventor never imagined. Read more about Antonio Regalado: The Economics of the Internet of Things



Mohana Ravindranath: Some see possible drawbacks in ‘Internet of Things’

Source: "The Pew Research Center recently asked nearly 12,000 people — selected Internet experts and members of the public — to predict how the network of connected devices, sensors and electronics known as the “Internet of Things” might affect their lives.
 
They raised two major concerns: first, that consumers will need to actively protect the data generated by their devices


Scot Stelter: RFID Stakeholders Need to Prepare for the Internet of Things

Source: „This month, a study published by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project lifted the Internet of Things (IoT) out of the CIO trade press and dropped it into the public square. The Pew IoT study solicited predictions of what the IoT would look like in 2025 from almost 2,000 "experts," with predictably divergent results. The popular press, including The New York Times, USA Today and The Huffington Post, are struggling to make sense of it. Sometimes, it sounds more like Hollywood than Silicon Valley. Read more about Scot Stelter: RFID Stakeholders Need to Prepare for the Internet of Things



Paul Wallbank: Firing up the smartcities race

Source: „For the last decade city administrations have been jostling for the title of being a ‘smartcity’ – a metropolis that brings together technology, creativity and business to grow their local economy.
While the concept has been around since the Great White Heat of Technology days fifty years ago, the arrival of the Internet of Things, cheap sensors and accessible wireless broadband have made wiring up a city far more easier than a decade ago.” read the full article


Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab: Symposium, masterclass & urban interventions, Brussels

Source: "In the framework of the European project Connecting Cities : Participatory City 2014, iMAL organises an Urban Media Lab masterclass.
To first enrich the thinking and open new perspectives, we invited renowned researchers and artists to discuss various aspects of urban media during a two days symposium. The symposium is free and open to the public.


Chris Murphy: Internet Of Things: Who Gets The Data?

Source: „Picture a roundtable discussion about the Internet of Things and who should get access to the data it generates. Who do you picture at that table, clamoring to get access to (or keep away from) the data created by this growing network of devices?
Me, I go right for the dramatic tension and picture a chief marketing officer, an ACLU lawyer, and an NSA analyst who identifies herself only as Susan. Most companies will face a reality that's far less


Open-Source consortium of MIPS

Source: „Imagination Technologies is taking the open-source route in hopes of driving wider adoption of its low-power MIPS processor architecture in everything from small devices that are part of the Internet of things to servers and networking gear that run in data centers. Imagination and several other vendors—including Broadcom, Qualcomm, Cavium and PMC—have created an open-source consortium that is designed to draw in developers who want to make software that can run on a range of systems powered by MIPS processors. Read more about Open-Source consortium of MIPS



Jamin Andrews: The Internet of Things (IoT)

Source: „There is a new buzz word that has been making its way around the online world, expected to soon replace “Cloud” as the latest hot topic. You may already have heard it mentioned in the media, the latest buzz is a thing called the Internet of Things (IoT). So, what is IoT? In the broader sense it is all Internet connected devices, originally named by Kevin Ashton in 1999, the Internet of Things had been in development for decades before. In the early 80’s programmers at Carnegie Melon


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