With the FIWARE Accelerator Calls the European Commission has started a 80. Mio. EURO program to encourage Startups and SMEs to build products, services and business upon the FIWARE technology layer.  As a result of this program in the next two years we can expect more than 1.000 companies or products build up on FIWARE technology. The faith of this companies and products is strongly connected to a sustainable future development of FIWARE and a ecosystem which will provide the hosting of FIWARE services and FIWARE Clouds on best economic and social conditions.

Pranay Prakash: Summary: 2014 – Year of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Source: “A lot happened in IoT in 2014. About this time last year, John Chambers laid out $1.9T market projection for IoT at CES and that drew significant attention and generated momentum in many industries. Over the year, we saw some real world use cases and innovative companies and technologies at the IoT World Forum in Chicago.  IoT really gained traction across many verticals over the year. While a lot of progress has been made, IoT is still evolving and globally

Jeffry Wu: Taiwan urged to develop Internet of Things applications

Source: “Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) The Taipei Computer Association (TCA) on Tuesday called on the Taiwan government to speed up the development of Internet of Things applications as the next driver for the country's economic growth.
TCA President Tung Tsu-hsien (童子賢) said that the Internet of Things (IoT) -- the trend of connecting more devices to each other and to the Internet -- is the most important innovation in the technology industry after the ascent of personal computers and mobile devices.

Kerry Feltner: Event to focus on the Internet of Things movement

Source: “Digital Rochester Inc. is holding an event Jan. 29 to discuss the future of marketing in relation to the Internet of Things movement. The event is fueled by the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show this month.  Michael Montagliano, chief technologist at IV4 Inc., is slated to lead the seminar. Montagliano is a 20-year veteran of the information technology industry. He leads IV4’s consulting team. Some topics to be covered include: what is the Internet of Things,

Stan Higgins: IBM Reveals Proof of Concept for Blockchain-Powered Internet of Things

Source: “IBM has unveiled its proof of concept for ADEPT, a system developed in partnership with Samsung that uses elements of bitcoin’s underlying design to build a distributed network of devices – a decentralized Internet of Things.
The ADEPT concept, or Autonomous Decentralized Peer-to-Peer Telemetry, taps blockchains to provide the backbone of the system, utilizing a mix of proof-of-work and proof-of-stake to secure transactions.

Byron McNutt: Wow! It’s no longer science fiction

Source: “The future is here now. Visionary minds tell us the “Internet of Things” revolution is making science fiction a daily part of our lives. Hundreds of futuristic products with thousands of product applications were on display the week of Jan. 5 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This new technology “is poised to touch every facet of consumers’ lives, reducing their time, cost and resources on most daily tasks. It has the potential to transform our economy, our society and how we live,” said BK Yoon, CEO of $211 billion global giant Samsung Electronics.

Steve Johnsons: Will our smart gadgets become trusted or oppressive companions?

Source: “Deryl Stanley is photographed with his 1963 Corvette at the old historic Flying A gas station in Livermore, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Stanley has had a love of cars since his youth and is currently active in a Livermore car club. (Dan Honda)
Like legions of hyperactive butlers, many of the brainy gadgets being developed for the Internet of Things will anticipate our needs and make choices for us -- without being told what to do -- marking a momentous transformation

Frederick Lah and Sulina Gabale: United States: FTC Chairwoman Rings In The New Year With 'Internet of Things' Warning

Source: “While hundreds of tech companies are racing to develop the newest in Internet-connected "smart" devices, Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") Chairwoman Edith Ramirez is sending a reminder to those companies of their responsibilities to consumers. At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas, January 6-9, Chairwoman Ramirez highlighted some best practices to address the vast array

Tony Rizzo: An IoT Commentary: The Internet of Things: What Business am I Really In?

Source: “In its November 2014 issue, Harvard Business Review published an extensive article on the Internet of Things titled “How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Competition.” Authored by PTC board member and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter and PTC CEO James E. Heppelmann, the article takes a deep look into IoT-driven business transformation. Here we provide commentary on the article as well as a related view into how PTC itself is now undergoing an IoT-driven

Kevin Hunt: Smart socks, smart pacifier, smart ring: It's the Internet of Things

Source: " A 3D food printer and self-parking BMW? We're intrigued.
Will 2015 be the year of the connected pacifier, the almighty gesture-control ring or printable, edible cupcake frosting? Probably not, but I now feel less guilt-ridden about last year's endorsement of a slow cooker programmable and controllable by a smartphone app.
The wireless connection of everyday things continues. What: A Bluetooth-connected smart pacifier

Dominic Basulto: 3 reasons why the Internet of Things (still) doesn’t make sense

Source: “Yoon Boo-Keun, president and co-chief executive officer of Samsung, speaks at a news conference during CES in Las Vegas. Samsung has emerged as one of the biggest backers for the “Internet of Things.” (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)
If there was one big buzzword out of this year’s CES, it was the “Internet of Things.” Just about every major tech company seemingly wants to sell products or services as part of the Internet of Things. According to Cisco chief executive John Chambers, 

Ben van Lier: The Internet of Things: Wholism and Evolution

Source: “The Chief Scientific Adviser of the UK Government states in a recently published report that: “We are on the verge of an extraordinary revolution in which the digital world becomes completely embedded throughout the manufactured and engineered products on which advanced societies depend. Several harbingers of this revolution could be found at the CES 2015 trade show in Las Vegas where 'new devices for smartening up your home are plentiful. We’ve seen kitchen appliances, lighting systems, and electrical conduits that are designed to

Don Clark: The Internet of Things Spurs Rival Consortia

Source: “Two prominent groups of companies are developing rival technology standards to help smart devices work together. But they agree on one thing: the Linux Foundation can help.
The Open Internet Consortium–established last summer with members such as Intel , Cisco Systems and General Electric –on Wednesday said the San Francisco-based foundation will oversee a project called IoTivity. Its goal is the creation of open-source software that will exploit specifications the consortium is developing.

Bonnie Cha: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things

Source: “Smart locks, smart thermostats, smart cars — you’ve probably heard some of these terms lately, and you’re going to hear them even more as the year goes on. But what are these things exactly — and what makes them so smart? These devices are all part of an emerging category called the Internet of Things, or IoT for short. At its very basic level, IoT refers to the connection of everyday objects to the Internet and to one another, with the goal being to provide users with smarter, more efficient experiences.

Alex Barinka: To Keep BlackBerry Alive, CEO Leans on the Internet of Things

Source: “Chief Executive Officer John Chen’s turnaround plan at BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY) comes down to two words: network security. Since taking over in late 2013, he has worked to revamp the once-iconic device maker after its share of the global smartphone market fell to less than 1 percent. Chen’s BlackBerry has focused on providing software and security for governments and corporations. When the Waterloo, Ontario, company releases new phones, they still cater to business users. BlackBerry’s secure technology could make the company


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