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Cisco’s Lew Tucker On The Internet Of Everything And The Tie To An App-Centric World

Cisco’s Lew Tucker On The Internet Of Everything And The Tie To An App-Centric World | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Cisco’s Lew Tucker stood onstage today at Cloud Connect and pitched the networking giant’s “Internet of Everything,” an app-centric world that will be worth $14.5 trillion over the next couple of years. Whereas the Internet of Things is all the objects in our world, Tucker says the IoE is the smart grids and, really, the entire supply chain and its transformation.

 

Big enterprise companies are good at this kind of thing. They talk about huge market opportunities and great futures with tremendous upside, but it’s a question of how nimble they can be with startups innovating so fast. Tucker, however, gets credit for explaining how an app-centric world ties in with software-defined networking (SDN) and the switch from traditional, heavyweight systems of records (ERP, CRM) to systems of engagement (apps, lightweight services that provide feedback loops).

 

Tucker, citing Cisco’s own study, says there is $4.9 trillion in immediate opportunity through the development of such things as smart grids, smart factories, smart buildings and smart cities.

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The IoE also provides a context for the ways we interact with this deep fabric of connected things. An ERP system will become less relevant for companies. Instead, systems of engagement will put us right in the center of a feedback loop that allows us to measure our own selves and in the process connect to all the other smart aspects of our life. That might be in the city of San Francisco when trying to find a parking spot or the smart factory where we order our data-generated personal things.

 

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Jerome BESSON's curator insight, November 10, 2013 1:11 PM

IoE (Internet of everything) annonce-t-il la fin des ERP et autres systèmes CRM au profit d'un  "systems of engagement (apps, lightweight services that provide feedback loops)" ou les apps. sont reines. Le principes :  les data sont déversées dans un lake par les "things"...le lake est scruté en temps réels par des applications "légères" (genre celles des smartphones) qui elles mêmes génèrent de l'intelligence qu'elles déversent à leurs tours...c'est en tout cas ce qu'annonce certain.

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French Startup SigFox Has Developed a Wireless Internet Service for Gadgets and Appliances

A startup hopes to connect millions of low-power sensors worldwide to the Internet, making everything—from power grids to home appliances—smarter.


The networks that serve humans are based on technology that isn’t suitable for sensors, says Thomas Nicholls, chief of business development and Internet of Things evangelism at SigFox. “If you compare with a GSM [cell-phone] network, then our solution is much cheaper, provides much lower energy consumption, and operates over a much longer range,” he says.


SigFox builds its networks in the same way as a cellular provider, using a system of connected antennas that each cover a particular area and link back to the operator’s central network. But the antennas use a different radio technology, developed by SigFox, known as ultra narrow band. This technology would not be of much use for streaming video to an iPhone, but it allows devices connecting to the network to consume very little energy, says Nicholls, and it allows for very long-range connections. (...)


SigFox reports seeing most interest in its technology from companies trying to roll out so-called smart grids, an approach to electricity distribution that uses data from sensors throughout a power network—including in customers’ homes—to help improve efficiency and reliability. That tallies with Foster’s experience. “Government stimulus, environmental legislation, and the desire of utilities to increase operational efficiency have been key drivers,” he says.



by Tom Simonite | MIT Technology Review

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The economics of energy saving - The National

The economics of energy saving - The National | Web of Things | Scoop.it

... The third application is in the day-to-day operation of a city. Once a sustainable city is built, the tool will be able to provide an accurate "live" model of its energy use, continuously analysing energy consumption data from all metered points within the city.

 

That model could then be used for forecasting, benchmarking, fault detection and diagnosis as well as continuous improvement of the demand-side energy performance.

 

Working hand in hand with the smart grid, that would allow us to "close the loop" and automate city processes. And that kind of convergence of the real and the virtual worlds would truly be an embodiment of the "internet of things" imagined by pioneering researchers as long ago as the 1980s.

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10 ways a digital Big Brother can be good for you

10 ways a digital Big Brother can be good for you | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"These days, Big Brother doesn't need to do much snooping. We just tell him what we're up to. We tweet, check in on Foursquare, use digital payment systems and generally live so publicly that spying loses at least some degree of utility.


Meanwhile, we're quickly expanding the systems we've built to monitor ourselves and our environments. We connect our power consumption to the internet via "smart meters," we let Google's cameras map our streets and we use wireless gadgets to transmit vital signs to doctors."

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People Power Launches Open Source

People Power Launches Open Source | Web of Things | Scoop.it

People Power Company, a green technology startup focusing on energy efficiency solutions, today announced new, free open source tools that open its Energy Services Platform (ESP) to all device developers. The Internet of Things Software Developers Kit unveiled today allows users to quickly and easily connect any device to support energy management initiatives through the People Power ESP.

 

http://peoplepowerco.com/

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The Smart Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Internet of Things

The Smart Grid Offers a Glimpse into the Internet of Things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Smart Grid deployments are not only delivering improved energy security, grid reliability, and consumer control to us, they are bringing the Internet of Things closer to reality. The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined in the Smart Grid Dictionary as a conceptual description of the ability to connect any objects with an IP address and some level of embedded intelligence to the communications network. Embedded intelligence can include localization, sensing, identification, security, networking, processing, and control."

 

by Christine Hertzog

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Home Energy Management: 2012 Status Report

Home Energy Management: 2012 Status Report | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Home energy management in 2012, like every other year, finds us somewhere between the Flintstones and the Jetsons. There are nationwide television commercials that show a mom remotely turning on kitchen lights for her child using her smart phone. Two-way smart thermostats that can be controlled via the internet fly off store shelves. But dishwashers and refrigerators are hardly communicating with a utility to turn themselves on when energy is cheapest.

Progress is slow and steady in the home energy management and connected home industry. But mostly slow. Companies with solid analytics that can offer immediate savings to utilities without having to spend too much saw progress in 2012. But the notion of a home area network still seems like the Jetsons. The internet of things just hasn’t quite made it to the average home.

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Katherine Tweed
17 Dec 2012
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Quite a few examples in this report worth perusing if you're interested in smart grid developments.

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How can a smart grid help with peak oil?

How can a smart grid help with peak oil? | Web of Things | Scoop.it

The idea behind a smart grid is this: an “internet of things” that connects all the parts of our energy infrastructure — coal-fired power plants, wind farms, homes and businesses (with or without solar panels), cars and more — can help them all work together more efficiently, effectively and automatically.

 

The idea behind peak oil is this: globally, discoveries and production of oil — a finite resource — are bound to reach a peak at some point, after which the amount of petroleum we can pump out of the ground goes into a gradual (or not) decline.

 

The connection is obvious: anything that can make our use of energy more efficient is critical if our energy supplies can no longer grow enough to meet demand.

 

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Tendril opens up home energy Web services

Tendril opens up home energy Web services | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Developers can make 'Energy Internet' apps that gather electricity data and control 'smart' networked thermostats and appliances over a cloud-based development platform. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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Computing spreads far beyond "computers"

Computing spreads far beyond "computers" | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"For years, we've heard about how the physical world will become an "Internet of things" and people can, Tron Legacy-like, touch the walls of buildings like they're operating a tablet computer. For the most part, the vision of ubiquitous computing is still just vision. But computing is steadily expanding beyond its traditional confines.


First take a look at your driveway. Cars are becoming Internet-connected, letting people stream music or schedule when their electric batteries are recharged. It's happening in the home, too.


The Nest thermostat isn't the first to be WiFi-enabled, but if it proves popular, it will get more people used to operating their homes from a smart phone or tablet the way they'd check their Facebook status.


Increasingly, the Internet is reaching beyond PCs and phones to sensors. The JawBone wrist sensor, which plugs into smart phones to help people track their sleep or exercise, is just one type of sensor that connects to more powerful computers in the cloud. Imagine sensors on bridges sending off alerts when they detect a structural flaw or smart meters providing a real-time read on energy or water consumption for a more efficient grid."

 

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Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence?

Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence? | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Another node of the coming urban machine mind could come from your devices as well as "smart" devices everywhere else. Urbanscale founder Adam Greenfield has written a lot about ubiquitous computing in urban environments, most notably in 2006's Everyware, which posits that computers will "effectively disappear" as objects around us become "smart" in ways that are nearly invisible to lay-people.

 

In the more recent pamphlet Urban Computing and its Discontents, Greenfield and co-author Mark Shepard argue people's interactions with computers will become "socially integrated and spatially contingent, as everyday objects and spaces are linked through net-worked computing."

 

Greenfield adds,

"It's inconceivable to me that cities of the developed world will not make use of the very extensive array of networked digital devices that will be present and available, whether it's to manage and optimize traffic flows, adjust building envelopes to present conditions, display current conditions of use, or, less happily, present tailored advertising just about anywhere."

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