You’ve heard of “smart houses”–well here come “smart cities”!

Smart cities get their own operating system

Katia Moskvitch

BBC News, September 30, 2011

“Cities could soon be looking after their citizens all by themselves thanks to an operating system designed for the metropolis.

The Urban OS works just like a PC operating system but keeps buildings, traffic and services running smoothly.

The software takes in data from sensors dotted around the city to keep an eye on what is happening.

In the event of a fire the Urban OS might manage traffic lights so fire engines can reach the blaze swiftly.

The idea is for the Urban OS to gather data from sensors buried in buildings and many other places to keep an eye on what is happening in an urban area.”

The Internet of things coming soon to a house (campus) near you

Internet of things blurs the line between bits and atoms.

By Katia Moskvitch , BBC News, June 2, 2011

“Imagine googling your home to find your child’s lost toy.

Or remotely turning on the tumble dryer for yet another cycle – after it has texted you that the clothes were still damp.

Or your plant tweeting you to be watered.

It might have been sci-fi just a decade ago, but with the internet forcing its way into every aspect of our lives, cyberspace is leaking out into the real world.

In the past few months, companies ranging from giants such as Google to small start-ups have been touting the possibility of interconnecting people and objects – lightbulbs, fridges, cars, buildings – to create an internet of things.

Many say this is a trend bound to hit us all in the near future.”

Will Big Brother be watching via your pants on the Internet of Things?

Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?

Katia Moskvitch

BBC News, September 22, 2011

What if those new jeans you’ve just bought start tweeting about your location as you cross London Bridge?

It sounds far-fetched, but it’s possible – if one of your garments is equipped with a tiny radio-frequency identification device (RFID), your location could be revealed without you knowing about it.

RFIDs are chips that use radio waves to send data to a reader – which in turn can be connected to the web.

This technology is just one of the current ways of allowing physical objects to go online – a concept dubbed the “internet of things”, which industry insiders have shortened to IoT.”