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Application platforms, big data and collaborations are IoT enablers

Application platforms, big data and collaborations are IoT enablers | Web of Things | Scoop.it

An analyst's view: The IoT can be characterised as an ever-expanding universe of connected things, and to guide companies through this system, identifying specific collaboration partners within a specific topic area is a wise starting point.

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IoT requires quicker application development platforms to address the growing requirements of enterprises in maximising the benefits in this market opportunity, and at the same time, IoT needs to be enabled by scalable application management platforms, handling the new volumes of data and applications.


To be able to handle these volumes of data, M2M and IoT service enablement and application platforms as well as associated databases and analytical tools will need to be highly scalable, and sufficiently agile and flexible to manage the heterogeneity in data types and structures.

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In reflecting the texture and attributes of IoT, ‘Subnets of Things’ will remain scalable, agile and flexible, constantly evolving and creating (or re-creating) new and exciting business relationships and partnerships between diverse set of stakeholders.

 

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Towards a sensor commons | Technology Treason

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

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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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Deutsche Telekom eyes ‘internet of things’ with new M2M portal

Deutsche Telekom eyes ‘internet of things’ with new M2M portal | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Deutsche Telekom has positioned itself as a potential leader in the continuing development of the ‘internet of things’, opening a new developer community platform for M2M communications.

 

Enmeshing everyday systems and appliances into the internet of things is seen as a natural progression of today’s increasingly connected lifestyle. With around five billion M2M devices currently operations worldwide and ten times as many are expected by 2020, the operator wants a slice of this pie.

 

Alarm systems, for instance, might be monitored online using the appropriate M2M API, which a developer could mesh with the operator’s API for SMS, using it to notify users by text message when the alarm is triggered. The same principle can be applied to toasters, pets, cars, clothing... you name it, there’s probably an M2M use case for it.

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The internet of things: how connected devices can drive sustainability

The internet of things: how connected devices can drive sustainability | Web of Things | Scoop.it

... let's imagine how objects with connected online identities can actually drive sustainability. Imagine a portfolio of household good products – your laundry detergent and your dishwater – communicating with you to give a personal record that can help reduce water and energy use. Or imagine medical devices like glucose monitors that come with dietary advice and medicines that provide online side-effect alerts and tests. Or wine and spirits bottles that provide not just terroir history and cocktail tips but also personalised healthy drinking advice.

 

Established peer-to-peer services like AirBnB and the US private car sharing/rental company Relay Rides already point to how connected objects can promote sustainability. In the case of Relay Rides, subscribers who need access to cars but don't want to own a vehicle rent other people's private cars on a journey-by-journey basis. Now spin that model forward to multiple shared ownership of a single vehicle equipped with a digital identity connected to all the owners. The vehicle becomes the hub of an online network that allows, for example, four different owners, to effectively share that one car.

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‘Smart Cities’ On The Increase, Despite Obstacles And Risks | Risk Watchdog

The establishment of ‘smart cities’ globally is being driven by the growing need to augment/automate a wide range of legacy productivity, distribution, and consumption platforms.


Current and forecast population growth and urbanisation trends demand the creation of hundreds of new cities – or new communities within existing cities – over the next couple of decades, and this is an ideal time to develop, test and implement new technologies to replace outmoded and inefficient platforms.


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But, security and data privacy are treated as an after-thought. Somebody else’s problem, effectively, according to several people I spoke to. This is worrying if the majority of systems are to be routinely deeply interconnected in the future. A simple virus could shut off the national grid, crash aircraft, or send nuclear reactors critical.

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Thin Film and the business of printed electronics - PARC10

Thin Film and the business of printed electronics - PARC10 | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Davor Sutija, CEO of Thin Film said ThinFilm is in the business of printed electronics. The company is working towards creating a low-power, printable, rewritable memory that uses a non-toxic polymer and can be attached to virtually anything. "Your stuff will talk to you in three to five years," he said.

Like the Kopin and Motorola Solutions headset, ThinFilm's product is the culmination of multiple efforts. PARC built the logic, ThinFilm specialized in memory, another company created the display, the batteries are being developed in Berkeley. The initiative started by identifying a potentially growing consumer need for easily reproduced technology. "The 'Internet of Things' will involve hundreds of billions of items," Sutija offered.

 

After dreaming up ThinFilm's concept, it was then a matter of sharing that idea with others and determining where their expertise could fit in. Sutija believes that "printed electronics will be as disruptive as search was ten years ago," and while the company's products are still getting off the ground, ThinFilm would certainly not be what it is today without the benefit of an open innovation approach.

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into the fabric of the world around us

History and Precedent in Interaction, Technology, and Experience
Context - Jon Kolko [pdf]

 

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Nanotechnologies for the Textile Market

Nanotechnologies for the Textile Market | Web of Things | Scoop.it

With over a billion Bluetooth enabled devices on the market, ranging from smartphones to set top boxes, and new technologies such as energy scavenging or piezoelectric energy generation being made possible by the use of nanotechnologies , there are opportunities for the textile industry in new markets ranging from consumer electronics to medical diagnostics.

 

'It's a perfect storm" added Tim Harper, "the availability of new materials such as graphene, the huge leaps being made in organic electronics, and the move towards the Internet of Things is blurring the divide between textiles and electronic devices. When two trillion dollar markets collide there will be lots of disruption and plenty of opportunities."

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'Cities expect more from newspapers that are 'local' in name only'

'Cities expect more from newspapers that are 'local' in name only' | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Greg Hadfield, organiser of the UK's first Open-data Cities Conference...

 

"Connectivity – and the "connectedness" it engenders – will be the air we breathe. The world we inhabit will be an "internet of things", of which all kinds of objects – not just computers, tablets and phones – will be a part.

 

Emerging technologies associated with a semantic web of data will power the innovative applications, services, and enterprises that will compete and combine to meet the needs of communities in the 21st century.

 

In particular, the crucibles for global change will be "open-data" cities – cities which self-consciously and collectively decide to make available unimaginable quantities of data, openly and freely."

 

- Journalism.co.uk

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Government gives away £500,000 to 10 lucky firms to build ‘Internet of Things’

"A UK GOVERNMENT backed project is giving 10 British companies up to £50,000 each to conduct preparatory studies for moving towards an applications and services marketplace, or 'internet of things'.
Source: The Inquirer (http://s.tt/15bJm)

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Build your strategy around the future

Build your strategy around the future | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Technology will ride to the rescue (well, sort of). Faith in technology can easily bleed into science fiction. But in 2012, the "internet of things", the "quantified self", and "augmented reality" will ensure that we have the information we need to achieve massive reductions of our footprint as individuals and institutions. And increased visibility into the sustainability attributes of everyday products will benefit companies that take this seriously, and leave others behind."

 

via Guardian.co.uk

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Research and Markets: Australia - Telstra - Analysis of the Telstra Transition -

Ever since David Thodey took over the reins at Australia's largest telco Telstra has embraced the new direction being taken by the telecoms industry, based on a ubiquitous, robust, affordable infrastructure that can be used to lift telecommunications into the next stage, where the business opportunities will be rather different from those of the past. This is the brave new world of internet media, Internet of Things, where a range of new industry sectors will take centre-stage. These include healthcare, education, energy, commerce and media.

 

via The Next Phase | Benzinga.com

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The Internet of Things | ParisTech Review

The Internet of Things | ParisTech Review | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"The widespread adoption of the Internet of Things will take time, but the time line is advancing thanks to improvements in underlying technologies. Advances in wireless networking technology and the greater standardization of communications protocols make it possible to collect data from these sensors almost anywhere at any time. Ever-smaller silicon chips for this purpose are gaining new capabilities, while costs, following the pattern of Moore’s Law, are falling. Massive increases in storage and computing power, some of it available via cloud computing, make number crunching possible at very large scale and at declining cost."

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Cisco: $500B in Internet of Everything Opportunities Wasted

Cisco’s extension of the concept of the Internet of Things, or sensor-driven, machine-to-machine Internet traffic into a kind of anything-to-anything network of free-flying data was first and foremost on the company’s mind at its gathering in Boston. And while the company has big numbers to back that up – its figures estimate $14.4 trillion in net profit will be driven over the next 10 years by this movement – it seems very much like a “watch this space” message. Many solution providers that Channelnomics talked to at the show were intrigued by the possibilities, but saw little applicability to their business today.

However, the company’s latest research on the subject may change those eyes from glazing to popped, as the company says that across 21 different use cases for the Internet of Everything (IoE), companies around the world will capture $614 billion in value this year alone. But the bigger news for channel partners is how much is being left on the table. Cisco’s study says that businesses feel there’s another $544 billion this year that could be captured through Internet of Everything types of solutions, but ultimately will not be.

 

Cisco president of sales and development Rob Lloyd suggests that the challenge "involves changing things like business models and company cultures, dismantling command-and-control structures on which many companies are built and establishing processes and systems whereby information is fed to the right people at the right time, and those people are empowered to act on it as quickly as possible."  


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Futuristic startup super charges your possessions into digital life

Futuristic startup super charges your possessions into digital life | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Evrythng takes us a step closer towards the Internet of Things.


Rebecca Grant from venturebeat interviews Evrythng founder Niall Murphy.  He is quoted:


“The concept of the Internet of Things has been around of a long time, but only now are the conditions interesting for it to become real. There was no infrastructure on the net for things to have a digital identity. Now with smart phones and other innovations in technology, we can give every single thing a web presence.”


“Our vision is that everything is connected to make the world smarter and more efficient,” Murphy said. “Maybe we are staring at the sky, but why not? I love the idea of the physical world and the digital world seamlessly co-existing. There are endless opportunities.”


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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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Canada's Rogers sees growth in Internet of things

Canada's Rogers sees growth in Internet of things | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Rogers Communications Inc , Canada's largest wireless company, says the "Internet of things" - fridges that write shopping lists and smoke alarms that send text messages - will be a C$400 million ($384 million) market in Canada by 2015 and that it wants a significant share.

 

"$400 million is just the start. It's just the beginning of what we think is an absolute explosion of opportunity in the M2M space," Robert Bruce, president of the company's wireless and cable units, said on the sidelines of a telecom conference on Monday.

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Libelium Unveils the Top 50 Internet of Things Applications

Libelium Unveils the Top 50 Internet of Things Applications | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Libelium, a - wireless sensor networks platform provider - has released the document “50 Sensor Applications for a Smarter World. Get Inspired!” covering the most disruptive sensor and Internet of Things applications.

 

The list is grouped in 12 different verticals, showing how the Internet of Things is becoming the next technological revolution. It includes the most trendy scenarios, like Smart Cities where sensors can offer us services like Smart Parking – to find free parking spots in the streets– or managing the intensity of the luminosity in street lights to save energy. Climate change, environmental protection, water quality or CO2 emissions are also addressed by sensor networks and are just some of the examples included in the Smart Water and Smart Environment sections included in the document.

 

Other sections such as Industrial Control, Logistics or Retail cover applications more focused in process efficiency like providing information for restocking the shelves and even product placement for marketing purposes. The list is completed with applications in the verticals of Smart Metering, Security and Emergencies, Smart Agriculture, Animal Farming, Domotic and Home Automation and eHealth.

 

Full document is available for download at: http://www.libelium.com/top_50_iot_sensor_applications_ranking.

 

 

 

 

 

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can be helpful, but there are privacy concerns

can be helpful, but there are privacy concerns | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Things are getting a “voice,” says Ric Asselstine, chief executive officer of Terepac Corp., a Waterloo company that makes tiny electronics to put into objects to make them “smart” and compatible with the Internet of Things.

 

“At the end of the day, what we’re creating is information,” Asselstine said in a phone interview from Terepac’s headquarters on Colby Drive.

 

There is the potential for “trillions” of devices to be connected to the Internet of Things, he said, noting all of the objects in his office alone.

 

“The potential is literally boundless.”

 

Consumer products, medical devices and agricultural methods, such as managing crop moisture with sensors, can be a part of the Internet of Things.

 

Data about locations and conditions can be transmitted through these objects, Asselstine said.

 

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ABI Research analyst Sam Lucero said privacy is already an issue.

 

“We’re already seeing tremendous privacy concerns around, for instance, smart meter data,” said Lucero, practice director of machine-to-machine connectivity for the New York-based tech trends firm.

 

“How is the owner of those devices and that data assured that the data is being used in agreed upon ways and that security is assured?”

 

This is going to be multiplied as different applications and devices become interconnected, he said.

 

TheRecord.com by LuAnn LaSalle

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The ultimate form of sensing

The ultimate form of sensing | Web of Things | Scoop.it

Justin Rattner ended the keynote with a look into the next 5 - 10 years of computing. Intel is working with CMU researchers on sensing brain waves. Feeding the results of those types of sensors into computing devices can enable a completely new level of context aware computing. That's the holy grail after all, if your smartphone, PC, or other computing device is not only aware of your external context but what you're thinking.

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Solving a Spectrum Shortage for the Internet of Things with 2G

Solving a Spectrum Shortage for the Internet of Things with 2G | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Last January, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report (PDF available here) that foresaw a world of intercommunicating devices as a critical component of a healthy global economy. It noted the term "Internet of Things," but settled upon the more industrial term for the concept, machine-to-machine communication (M2M). The report created use cases for M2M devices that were as simple as automotive speedometers registering relative speed, perhaps to other devices within the same car, to brake monitoring systems that communicate a car's relative ability to stop to insurance companies. But the system that could make M2M both ubiquitous and inexpensive, the report made clear, is ironically the same system that carriers like AT&T are begging to decommission: the 2G network."

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Electronic tagging system could replace barcodes

Electronic tagging system could replace barcodes | Web of Things | Scoop.it

A team from Imec’s Holst Center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has developed a high-performance radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that could be cheaply mass-produced and prevents data transfer from being interrupted.

 

The researchers believe their technology could be crucial to the development of cheap, high-performance RFID.

 

‘Item-level tagging could allow vendors to implement automatic billing and inventory management,’ Kris Myny, an organic circuitry researcher at Imec, told The Engineer.

 

‘On top of these applications, such RFID tags could be integrated with sensors for smart RFID tags. In this way, they could be integrated into food packaging to provide customers with information on freshness or characteristics of this product.’

 

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5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012

5 Ways The Smart City Will Change How We Live In 2012 | Web of Things | Scoop.it
Thoughts on how the future of the smart city will impact daily life and efficiency of our cities, from IBM's Smarter Buildings division.

 

via Co.EXIST

 

highlights: http://diigo.com/0m761

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"The instrumentation of everyday life"

"Meals eaten? Hours of sleep slept? Distances traveled? TV shows and books watched? There are many more parts of our lives that can be wired up to Facebook or other social networks.


The instrumentation of everyday life may sound frightening to many people, but so did posting photos of yourself online or using a debit card (at all) just a few years ago."

 

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Pachube opens the Internet of things to end users

Pachube opens the Internet of things to end users | Web of Things | Scoop.it

"Pachube is a UK-based company that provides real-time data infrastructure for the Internet of things. “We make it very easy for devices to publish to the web in a format that's easy for people to understand,” explains founder Usman Haque. “We also make it very easy for application developers to build things on top of all that data.”

 

“Essentially, Pachube is bit like Twitter for machines,” he says.

 

The pitch to sensor manufacturers is as follows: “If you're a manufacturer, all you have to do is write a little bit of firmware which goes on your device, and we'll take care of the rest. On the input end, we've got a standard interface for handling data in a variety of formats, and at the other end, we can convert that data into formats such as JSON, which is very popular among web developers.”"

 

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