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An “internet of things”, an idea long considered by computer scientists in which everyday objects have individual online profiles, will come to life this autumn at 20 Oxfam charity shops. Technology developed by a UK university consortium allows information such as geographical location, stories about previous owners, video clips and tweets to be combined to form a “social network for objects”, Andy Hudson-Smith of University College London told the British Science Festival in Bradford on Wednesday. Mr Hudson-Smith, who leads the Tales of Things research project, said computer scientists had been discussing an “internet of things” for 15 years, but the idea was only now beginning to bear fruit. The project, funded by a £1.5m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, labels objects with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags or QR (quick response) codes – the square printed barcodes that are increasingly being taken up in commerce and industry.
The survey captures the end users', technologists' and policy makers' opinions on strategically important IOT scenarios. The European Project Internet of Things Initiative (IoT-i) released a survey gathering a set of IoT-related scenarios. This survey tries to capture the end users' (private or enterprise), technologists' (ICT or sector specific) and policy makers' opinions on strategically important IOT scenarios.