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How wirelessly connecting objects to the Internet can help organisations anticipate change.
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EU commission urged to be 'more ambitious' on digital technology:

It declares, "The European commission wants to know what framework is needed to unleash the potential economic and societal benefits of the IoT, while ensuring an adequate level of control of the devices gathering, processing and storing information."

 

The commission will draw responses to its consultation into a package of proposals, but it is not scheduled to be published until summer 2013.

 

Harbour said, "There is huge unexploited potential in the internet of things. If we can agree the necessary specifications and protocols on a Europe-wide basis, it will unlock a myriad of socially and economically attractive technologies.

 

"People on the move could use their smartphone to control the fridge or central heating back at home or to lock and unlock their doors. Health services could collect and share real time information about the care of patients in remote locations. The possibilities are endless."

 

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European Commission gets interested in the Internet of Things

The European Commission wants to find out whether there is enough of a business case for a single firm to exploit the market. In the commission's statement of intent it said it wants to find out about privacy, security and safety and whether societial acceptance requires ethical and legal frameworks to be put into place.

 

The commission is right in treating the Internet of Things seriously. While the term might be something of a marketer's delight, the underlying principles behind it are extremely powerful and could generate a lot of money for private companies, which typically means that users' and public interests are sacrificed on the altar of profits.

Source: The Inquirer (http://s.tt/19dZS)
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Commission consults on rules for the ‘Internet of Things’

Realising the enormous economic and societal potential of the IoT requires a level playing field where all players can compete on an equal footing, without gate keepers and locked-in users.

 

Its societal acceptance requires the definition of an ethical and legal framework, supported by technology and providing people with control and security.

 

Through the consultation, the Commission is seeking views on privacy, safety and security, security of critical IoT supported infrastructure, ethics, interoperability, governance and standards.

 

The Internet of today offers access to content and information through connection to web pages from multiple terminals like PCs, smart phones or TVs.

 

The next evolution will make it possible to access information related to the physical environment through connected objects capable of sensing the environment and communicating through smart chips using Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) with or without human intervention.

 

by Enterprise Europe Network

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The Internet of Things and the Emergence of Planetary Public Policy

The Internet of Things and the Emergence of Planetary Public Policy | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"It is always good to re-read Kevin Kelly’s Rules for the New Economy (article came out in 1997, the book in 1999). My Tec de Monterrey students will remember that we read it in 2003 as “contemporary political theory.” The following passage is taken from the 1999 book:

 

"A trillion dumb chips connected into a hive mind is the hardware. The software that runs through it is the network economy. A planet covered with hyperlinked chips is shrouded with waves of sensibility. Millions of moisture sensors in the fields of farmers shoot up data, hundreds of weather satellites beam down digitized images, thousands of cash registers spit out bit streams, myriad hospital bedside monitors trickle out signals, millions of web sites tally attention, and tens of millions of vehicles transmit their location code; all of this swirls into the web. That matrix of signals is the net."

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