Fraunhofer FOKUS are once again hosting the Media Web Symposium, which will be held in Berlin on 14-15 March 2013. The first day is devoted to workshops and the second to plenary sessions. The focus will be on connected TVs, multiscreen interaction, the Internet as the new broadcasting channel, search, and the role of Web technologies in Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. I am giving two talks:
- Smart cities as a web of people, things and services
- Expanding the Web beyond desktop and mobile to the Web of Things
Web technologies hold out the promise of making it easier to create services for the Internet of Things with a reduced learning curve and lowered costs compared to native platform development. This depends on the use of overlay networking to decouple applications and services from things best dealt with at a lower layer.
Some examples of personal services include savings on utility bills through smart meters, extended warranty services for home devices with preventative maintenance based upon access to sensor data, home security for peace of mind, and home healthcare for a better quality of life, improved outcomes and reduced overall costs. Personal services require careful treatment of privacy. Public services make use of publicly accessible sensors and anonymised data. Examples include information on public transport systems, and directions to free parking spaces.