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IoT Takes Off Bottom-Up

IoT Takes Off Bottom-Up | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The Open Source movement has generated a counter culture of technically clever people, some within traditional business and others not, but who are at the least the equals of those in many corporations. This movement did not go away, as many predicted in the 1980s but has produced a couple of generations of freer thinkers than many corporate environments would like.


That is shifting to Open Hardware. And to the clever application of interlinked sensor devices to take applications like technically robust environmental monitoring down to the citizen level.  (...)


With hordes of independent individuals taking radiation readings and sending the real time data streams the true scale and intensities of the damage were published immediately for all to see, upstaging the authorities (see report here).


Many of these groups are using Cosm's open API platform for sharing real time data streams from sensors. The scale and range of measurements publicly available for all to see is large and growing - see for yourself here. Cosm - formerly Pachube - is a case of a great British idea that ended up going to a US company.


The Air Quality Egg Initiative, for example, as well as MeetUp groups in Madrid, Amsterdam and New York and elsewhere, are currently looking to take environmental measurements using low cost sensor devices that are being adopted and adapted in the community. They are not loking to take “tick-box” measurements but socially relevant ones.



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Interactive, Open Source Kite Project Gets Beijing Locals to Monitor Air Quality

Interactive, Open Source Kite Project Gets Beijing Locals to Monitor Air Quality | Web of Things | Scoop.it

In August, the designers organized a series of workshops in Beijing instructing participants in the building and deployment of their own air-sensing kites using simple materials and open-source tech:


Using a combination of DIY electronics workshops and group kite flights, residents became engaged in the process of air quality monitoring for themselves, as well as seeing the data visually through LEDs, as well as stored data on SD cards. These modules use Arduino and are relatively easy to put together; workshops with local residents focused on talking about urban air quality, soldering and assembling the modules, as well as attaching them to kites.


The LEDs on the hand-built kites are programmed to indicate air quality with different colours; green being the best and pink being the worst. Data was interactively mapped in real-time using geolocation; the idea is to light up the sky with a squad of sensor kites that will give a general sense of how good or bad the air pollution is -- and to collect and parse the data in one place.


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Scottish scientists build search engine for 'Internet of Things'

Scottish scientists build search engine for 'Internet of Things' | Web of Things | Scoop.it

By collating data from sensors such as cameras and microphones, and cross-referencing it with results from social networks such as Twitter, users will be able to receive detailed responses to questions such as ‘What part of the city hosts live music events that my friends have been to recently?' and ‘How busy is the city centre?'

 

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"SMART builds upon the existing concept of ‘smart cities', physical spaces which are covered in an array of intelligent sensors which communicate with each other and can be searched for information," said Dr Iadh Ounis, of the University of Glasgow's School of Computing Science.

 

"The search results sourced from these smart cities can be reused across multiple applications, making the system more effective."

 

The team from Glasgow University hopes the SMART project will be ready for testing in a real city by 2014.

 

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Beyond The Internet Of Things Towards A Sensor Commons

Beyond The Internet Of Things Towards A Sensor Commons | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Just what might be possible is hinted at in this fascinating post by Andrew Fisher, entitled "Towards a sensor commons":


For me the Sensor Commons is a future state whereby we have data available to us, in real time, from a multitude of sensors that are relatively similar in design and method of data acquisition and that data is freely available whether as a data set or by API to use in whatever fashion they like. (...)


The access we are getting to cheap, reliable, malleable technologies such as Arduino [open hardware boards] and Xbee [wireless modules] coupled with ubiquitous networks whether WiFi or Cellular is creating an opportunity for us to be able to understand our local environments better. Going are the days where we needed to petition councillors to do some water testing in our creeks and waterways or measure the quality of the air that we are breathing.


The deployment of these community oriented technologies will create the Sensor Commons; providing us with data that becomes available and accessible to anyone with an interest. Policy creation and stewardship will pass back to the local communities – as it should be – who will have the data to back up their decisions and create strong actions as a result.



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Why The Internet of Things Will Be Open

Why The Internet of Things Will Be Open | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Glyn Moody writes, "It will be impossible for any one company or even group of companies to write the necessary code for the millions of different systems that will be joining the Internet of things. The only way for this to work is if the code is open source, so that manufacturers - and hackers - can simply adapt it for their own favourite device. That's precisely what has happened with some of the most successful code in the field of mobile phones." 

 

 

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Towards a sensor commons | Technology Treason

Towards a sensor commons | Technology Treason | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Summary via postscapes


Andrew Fisher @ajfisher put together a lengthy post on Tuesday titled "Towards a sensor commons"


Begins with:

"The action taking place is the creation of what I call the Sensor Commons. Why is this a revolution? Because as a population we are deciding that governments and civic planners no longer have the ability to provide meaningful information at a local level."


Definition:
"For me the Sensor Commons is a future state whereby we have data available to us, in real time from a multitude of sensors that are relatively similar in design and method of data acquisition and that data is freely available whether as a data set or by API to use in whatever fashion they like.


My definition is not just about “lots of data from lots of sensors” – there is a subtlety to it implied but the “relatively similar in design and method of data acquisition” statement."


and then goes on to break down 5 things he thinks are requirements for the Sensor Commons:

  1. Gain trust
  2. Become dispersible
  3. Be highly visible
  4. Be entirely open
  5. Be upgradeable
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Open.Sen.se Beta

Open.Sen.se Beta | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Open.Sen.se is an open platform for all those who want to imagine, prototype and test new Devices, Installations, Scenarios, Applications for this globally interconnected and immersive world. Designers, developers, tinkerers, students, hobbyists, R&D departments, artists, self quantifiers, dataviz maniacs, whatever your skills are, we tried to make Open.Sen.se easy to use and yet powerful for you. Needless to say Open.Sen.se is free.

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Who Will Control the Internet of Things?

"Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) filed a patent at the tail end of 2009 dubbed "Local Device Awareness," which describes automated connections between a number of close-range devices. Some potential applications could be device position targeting (think locating your keys) or proximity-based gaming."

 

"If Apple's patent seems overly broad, patent hoarder InterDigital (Nasdaq: IDCC ) has gone for specificity. It holds some 33 known patents covering machine-to-machine communication." 

 

"Motorola and Google seem to be behind in patents, with only one highly technical machine-to-machine patent showing up for Motorola Mobility, and none for Google. But as you'll soon see, the two companies might be hoping for a more open environment."

 

"IBM sees the Internet of things as a source of growth, and it recognizes that the best way to capitalize is to make it easy to adopt. Keeping the underlying framework open-source will undoubtedly improve competition and encourage startups, much as the growth of the public Internet led to an explosion of newly public companies. Let's hope that the growth of this new industry isn't hampered by patents, but we should also be wary of any new bubbles that might inflate."

 

via The Motley Fool

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Raspberry Pi, and enabling tinkerers

"The internet of things doesn’t come from some giant company blessing your washing machine with a finicky protocol that only talks to their servers and feeds you data though their portal. It comes from millions of geeks everywhere doing it themselves because its just recently become cheap enough and easy enough. Communities form and open protocols develop. The marketplace keeps the whole community loosely united and Andriod explodes into, well, everything. Its a great big ball of win."

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