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.

Britons distrust internet of things

Source: "Security and privacy are high on the list of concerns for British consumers, yet they remain open to some of the advantages that the "internet of things" can bring, a new survey has shown.
A survey of 1,600 UK consumers by business services firm KPMG found more than half (58%) resent the idea that computers seem to run their lives and 70% suggest that, with so many inter-connected devices, it is too easy for things to go wrong.
The survey also found that many Britons seem to want to return to the days of simple technology with over half (54%) saying they wished their phones only made calls.

James Ashton: Simon Segars: Looking forward to the future and the ‘internet of things’

Source: „Simon Segars slides what I assume is his business card across the bar. It isn’t. Instead, there is a tiny microchip glinting at the card’s centre that packs enough power to run a Fitbit sports device or Pebble watch. “There is a 32-bit microcontroller with a processor in there, some peripherals and some memory, and it is less than four square millimetres,” Segars says proudly. “That can clearly be manufactured at very low cost and embedded into everything and you just won’t notice it.”
His party piece, demonstrating just how small and powerful the latest microchips have become

Jim Hunter & Nate Williams: If We Build IoT, They Will Come. Right?

Source: „It looks like this IoT trend is starting to catch on with the developer community. At least, that’s a conclusion one could draw from the reported results of a new Evans Data Corporation survey. Of the 1,400 developers who participated in this survey, 40 percent said they were either working on applications for connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) now or expect to begin work on applications within the next six months. 
Google’s purchase of Nest for $3.2 billion was a seminal moment for IoT. This event both validated the market and placed significant attention on IoT.

Laura Secorun Palet: An Unexpected Capital for the Internet of Things

Source: „Smart cities are the talk of all towns these days. Whether defined by ubiquitous sensors, high-speed Internet or smart transportation, every city from Seoul to Helsinki is teching up and boasting about it.
Dublin finds itself leapfrogging the competition in the race to a smart city. Ireland has found large investment from tech companies, and Dublin wants to push it even farther. Ireland's capital is not particularly teched-out yet, but it's a thriving digital hub in another way. Owing to its business-friendly climate, the city has attracted the European headquarters of IT giants like Google - Ireland's No. 1 exporter - and Intel,

Malavika Murali: Soon, Bangalore-based company to launch wearable to predict sport injuries

Source: „Injuries make or break careers in sports. So far, Indian athletes have had to rely on experience and a coach's knowledge to overcome them. But now, two friends Anshuman Singh, 36, and Shuvadeep Sarkar, 34, are solving this hurdle through their venture ReTiSense.
The Bangalore-based company, that set shop in June, is among the rising IoT (Internet of Things) startups that are close to launching its first wearable product. "I was an avid runner for 10 years, and then I started facing foot problems," said Anshuman Singh, a former Intel employee and co-founder

Jon Evans: The Internet Of Someone Else’s Things (Who, in short, has root.)

Source: „The Internet Of Things is coming. Rejoice! …Mostly. It will open our collective eyes to petabytes of real-time data, which we will turn into new insights and efficiencies. It will doubtless save lives. Oh, yes: and it will subtly redefine ownership as we know it. You will no longer own many of the most expensive and sophisticated items you possess. You may think you own them. But you’ll be wrong. They say “possession is nine-tenths of the law,” but even if you physically and legally own a Smart Thing, you won’t actually control it. Ownership will become a three-legged stool;

IoT China 2014, Shanghai October 28 29 Strong EU presence, focus on connected future

This year again the most international and strongest Chinese Conference in terms of bridging research, policy and business IoT China 2014 offers a tremendous program with senior high level officials, thought leaders and leading and upcoming industry. IOT China 2013 attracted 1526 person-times audiences and 5112 trade visitors from 15 countries and regions as well as China’s 26 provinces and municipalities. Philippe Cousin, Globalmark and Ms. LI Haihua, Vice-Chief Engineer,

Rob van Kranenburg: How to negotiate IoT into a political reality.

We know that the Internet and even the web as we know it were flukes, never intended to end up as they are now. That is the very reason that they came to exist. Engineering paradigm shift in broad daylight having everyone’s attention is far more difficult, if not impossible. You have to find a hinge somewhere, an opening that can really crack a system wide open. It has never worked by trying to persuade policy makers, standard bodies and a general audience.

The ‚normal’, however brief in times of Internet and web (browser being just 21 years old) Read more about Rob van Kranenburg: How to negotiate IoT into a political reality.

Internet of Things drive retail revolution

Source: „A recent survey, which was conducted to examine the effect of the Internet of Things (IoT), has revealed that 83% of respondents surveyed agree that billions of connected and wearable devices talking seamlessly to each other and to service providers, will likely “have widespread and beneficial effects” by 2025. Yaron Assabi, Founder of Digital Solutions Group explains the concept: “At its core, the IoT concept takes devices not previously connected online and integrates them into the digital world. When IoT meets the consumer space, retailers will need to rethink the traditional retail store, because consumers, who are accustomed to their connected devices at home

Robin Muilwijk: The future of Linux, Google's Internet of Things standard, and more

Source: „At Tech Republic this week, Matt Asay writes about the future of Linux. Quoted in the article is CoreOS founder and CEO Alex Polvi who says Linux has become fat. "As Linux workloads become ever more specialized, the need for a general purpose Linux distribution declines," writes Asay. He concludes that "Linux, in short, becomes a very thin service for modern developers. CoreOS is worth watching." Asay writes, "Rather than a general purpose Linux with lots of functionality but also unnecessary cruft... thin Linux distributions that do one thing well, like serving email. Read more about Robin Muilwijk: The future of Linux, Google's Internet of Things standard, and more

Danette Breitenbacj: It's coming... The Internet of Things

Source: „One of the biggest shifts since the start of the internet is coming, actually it is already happening. The Internet of Things is, and should be, the most hyped subject at the moment.
So says John Montgomery, COO of GroupM Interaction in North America, when he addressed delegates at the inaugural Social Media Week, which recently took place at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng. "The Internet of Things is already way beyond hype. It is going to be big. How big? That depends on the source, but by 2020 it will be worth trillions of dollars." 

Mthulisi Sibanda: Startups, consumers seen driving Internet of Things

Source: „Makers and startups as well as consumer goods companies or enterprises, will drive acceptance, use and growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of a multitude of niche applications. This is according to leasing technology research firm, Gartner, which that by 2017, 50 per cent of IoT solutions (typically a product combined with a service) will originate in start-ups that are less than three years old. “Conventional wisdom is that the growth of the IoT is driven by large organisations. “As is always the case, there is an element of truth

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Victor Vina: Box. Open System for Connected People

Source: "The architectural spaces we inhabit will become an interface between humans and online digital information. The current research programme focuses on the exploration of computational systems that mix digital media and the physical environment. Tangible interfaces are becoming an increasingly popular design strategy as computational elements become smaller and more ubiquitous and integrate with everyday objects and spaces. This project aims to offer an insight into physical computation that places information in shared social spaces, inside the context of a connected community.

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Rakesh Shetty: Internet of Things: Have We Come Full Circle?

Source: „Back in the 2000 Dot Com boom, stories about how the Internet was going to change the world dominated news headline. Fast forward to 2014 and we may have a replay.
The “Internet of Things” combined with “Big Data” have the potential to drastically change our world once again. Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group has predicted some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020, each capturing and sharing insights into business and consumer preferences.
There is a treasure trove of insights to be gleaned from this data to help improve our lives and hopefully make the world a better place.

John Greenough: The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

Source: „The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognise the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet.
In an all-new report from BI Intelligence, we examine what is currently driving growth in the Internet of Things and how various sectors of the economy will embrace IoT innovations. Here are a few of the key findings from the BI Intelligence report:


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