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According to a survey, in 2020 between 22 and 50 billions of devices will be connected at Internet in 2020. If we take a look at these prognostics we can notice that there will be more of technologies connected than human in the world ( 7 billions of humans at the end of October 2011 ) !

The European Union with the Information Society and the Media Directorate General, draw up a portrait of the daily european life in 2020 :

This video show us a world where everything is linked at Internet: your car, your health, your shopping… Every property will be touch by the amazing development of tehchnologies with a principal aim : make your life better and easier !

If all of our daily life is being connected to Internet, we should hope that a big bug will not arrive, because in this world without technologies you will have to do things by yourselves…so hard, isn’t it ?!

Read more :

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/rfid/documents/guidelinesforuserfidsign.pdf

http://www.iot-visitthefuture.eu/fileadmin/documents/researchforeurope/270808_IoT_in_2020_Workshop_Report_V1-1.pdf

Today all countries, individuals, and companies seek to reduce energy consumption. The aim of governments is to achieve sustainability in the environment and the companies and individuals to reduce energy costs.
The company Enlighted Inc. released a product dedicated to reducing the power consumption of light.

Using sensors coupled to the lamps, you can regulate the power consumption. The sensors are connected to a system for preventing the excess energy. Each sensor makes a decision every few minutes to ensure the most efficient use of energy.
If you want more information, check it here:
There are other less complex mechanisms, which soon will be used in homes, such as who created the company PG & E. This mechanism provides real-time electricity and gas consumption.Thus, the consumer may account for the amount of energy consumed daily.
If you are interested in this innovation, read the entire article.

On the account of this blog critically engaging with the internet of things at the moment, it might be worthwhile to pause for a minute and reflect on how this concept came to be in the first place. “The internet of things” was first used by technology pioneer Kevin Ashton in 1999 to describe to a system where the Internet is “attached” to the physical world by means of ubiquitous sensors.  By now, an archetype example it has become the intelligent fridge:

Now imagine if the same technology used for keeping us updated about our stored foods, could also be used for preparing food for thought. The same kind of RFID technology used for tagging the foods in the fridge could be used in learning contexts – for tagging points of interest and making them access points for informations – rather than opening your computer to go search for that same piece of information? What about field trips? Or learning a new language by interacting by everyday objects? What a profound change of our conception of time and space this could present in the long run. One could store information, essays, wikipedia entries and all other sorts of informations onto physical properties, tagging the world as a museum, designated with informations as a multi–layered interactive space. Inherent in every object would be not only its physical properties, but its informational properties – concerning how it has been tagged, which informations it holds and so on. This information could interact with mobile devices to conduct courses or provide course relevant information.

When it comes to the internet of things, it is estimated that its potential benefits will fall into two categories: (1)Information & analysis, and (2)automation and control. In terms of our intelligent fridge, the next innovation may very well be within the automation and control category:

References:

http://blogs.princeton.edu/etc/2012/02/24/the-internet-of-things/

http://blog.iobridge.com/2010/12/network-and-iphone-controlled-mini-fridge-drink-cannon/

For a more thorough discussion of the potential uses of the internet of things see the article “Internet of things by Michael Chui, Markus Löffler and Roger Roberts in Intermedia, Volume 38, Issue 2. – http://web.ebscohost.com

http://web.ebscohost.com.molly.ruc.dk/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=80538a20-0778-48a3-9de1-d3f23cd0ee8a%40sessionmgr12&vid=1&hid=107

GreenGoose helps you to do positive things. Indeed this application provides a game platform for measuring the things we do daily and change our behaviour.

The sensors are stickers. They automatically measure things like getting exercise, brushing your teeth, riding your bike, taking vitamins, and lots more. Users simply stick the sensors on objects like a toothbrush, and the “game” can start.

Greengoose measures your behaviour and transmit it, wirelessly, to a database. The system assigns “lifestyle points”, and from here the users can change what they do in the real world in order to get more point in the game.

 

Source : http://www.gizmag.com/green-goose-turns-life-into-a-game/18030/

GreenGoose’s website :  http://www.greengoose.com/

Let me first of all state that my intention here is NOT to discuss how teenagers today are spending their leisure time (although the video could – and dare I say should – encourage such debates). The point here is rather that this odd scenario may not be that far fetched – all thanks to the internet of things.

The internet of things is steadily changing our lives, how we relate to the entities around us, whether they are animate,  or material – organic or manufactured. As a matter of fact, Ericsson has already produced a prototype of a talking tree, which tweets out messages as an effect of registered changes in the electromagnetic field around it:

Now one would think that this has to mean something more than a mere digital conversion of that crazy tree-kid’s nightmare. And it is. New innovations within infrastructure engineering and the internet of things are now taking the first steps of turning whole cities into “living” environmental-responsive organic eco-systems.

By integrating software systems into buildings’ rainwater catchment systems watercompanies are now able to empty basins according to weather predictions, calculated by means of the internet. This is just one of many new innovations that effects the way we interact with our environment. In short, it means that almost any piece of information that is obtainable qua the internet can be utilized for operational and interactive purposes, in any part of the city – indeed the world.

Check out the blog and the links below for more examples of an interactive, interconnected city.

References:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-the-internet-of-things-is-turni-2011-12

http://telecomlead.com/inner-page-details.php?id=5753&block=Tower

http://www.theinternetofthings.eu/content/internet-things-and-noosphere

In the morning you are in such  a hurry. Just right before going out of the house your car keys and cell phone seems to just have gotten up in smoke. The same as always when the dear Uncle Murphy comes across with his Law.  (…)  Ever been there?

What if you could have a control panel on a cloud that could locate all your important belongings as the phone, keys, passport, credit card, luggage, including your dear ones?

Nowadays, the police can locate your iPhone, tablet or laptop if you have installed an anti-theft programme but what if this idea would become adapted for your home, office or on the go( GPS ) use?

If talking in terms of safety, it could be  a bone-chilling experience if somebody could unlock your personal document and belonging locator and use it for purposes just as diverse as imagination. On the other side, if all of the items would be marked by an in-built chip, a higher security service would/should have access to locate almost everything in a much broader map.

How do you see the pros and cons,  and development  of the item locators?

Although the Internet of things is a term that still sounds futuristic or weird for some of us, is a concept that is already tangible in some applications.  In this sense, there can be found some projects and new technologies that are  using this idea  to construct better cities, where life is simpler and systematized.  We can understand this umbrella of ideas under the concept of “Smart Cities”.

“The concept of smart cities has emerged during the last few years to describe how investments in human and social capital and modern ICT infrastructure and e-services fuel sustainable growth and quality of life, enabled by a wise management of natural resources and through participative government (Caragliu, Del Bo, Nijkamp)” ( 27-02- 2012: http://www.theinternetofthings.eu/content/call-papers-smart-applications-smart-cities-new-approaches-innovation )

So, after reading about Smart Cities I decided to look for some examples of The Internet of Things building Smart Cities, and the followings are good iniciatives that are already working:

IBM’s Intelligent Technology is an application that tries to manage and predict the traffic flux in the city of Zhenjiang, China, in order to improve the circulation all over the city.

The Trash|Track project tries to make awarness about the (in)sustainbility of the trash in the world nowadays while monitoring the location of the trash. It consists about different small, smart, location tags installed in trash items  so that objects can be followed through the system’s waste management system. In this sense, the people can see all the journey that the trash is doing in real time visualization.

Learn more about Trash|Track project

 

Articles:

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City of Zhenjiang, China and IBM Collaborate to Build a Smarter City

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