IoT is a term that is popping up in all different sectors, from governments to tech to education. As the Internet of Things gains more and more traction, it’s important to know exactly what it means and how it can benefit your community, your business, and your everyday life. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best books to read about IoT and smart city technology. Some of these books show you how to make your life “smarter” by adapting to the inevitability of IoT, while others provide a more cautionary message about the future. Every book on this list will give you a greater understanding of what IoT is, how it works, and where it’s going.
Here’s our list in no particular order:
1. The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World by Michael Miller. The Internet of Things (IoT) won’t just connect people: It will connect “smart” homes, appliances, cars, offices, factories, cities — the world. Michael Miller shows how connected smart devices will help people do more, do it smarter, do it faster. He also reveals the potential risks to your privacy, your freedom, and maybe your life. Make no mistake: IoT is coming quickly. Miller explains why you should care, helps you use what’s already here, and prepares you for the world that’s hurtling toward you.
2. Digitize or Die: Transform your organization. Embrace the digital evolution. Rise above the competition by Nicolas Windpassinger. In Digitize or Die, Nicolas Windpassinger dissects the digitization phenomenon from technologies to business models, from digital savvy organizations to strategies. This book reviews the potential and promise of the IoT, and how to successfully prepare for it all. In so doing, it opens a world of possibilities and enables you to dominate your marketplace.
3. Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World by Bruce Schneier. All computers can be hacked, and Internet-connected computers are the most vulnerable. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, renowned expert and best-selling author Bruce Schneier examines the hidden risks of this new reality.
4. The Internet of Things – The Next Industrial Revolution Has Begun: How IoT, big data, predictive analytics, machine learning and AI will change our lives forever by Magnus Unemyr. The Internet of Things is driving the next industrial revolution, along with advanced data analysis methods like artificial intelligence that are now coming into use. Fifty billion products are expected to be Internet-connected by 2020, profoundly changing how the world works. This book explains these subjects in an easy to understand manner, providing new insights into these disruptive technologies and how they will change the way billions of people live their lives.
5. Enterprise IoT: A Definitive Handbook by Navveen Balani (author) and Rajeev Hathi (editor). This book describes some of the key components of the Internet of Things through our Enterprise IoT stack. It looks at how to incrementally apply IoT transformations to build connected products in various industries. By the end, it lays out the technical strategy and how to build IoT applications using IoT cloud offerings from Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Predix. They even build one using open source technologies.
6. There Will Be Cyberwar: How The Move To Network-Centric Warfighting Has Set The Stage For Cyberwar by Richard Stiennon. The move on the part of the US military, which began in 1996, to Network-Centric Warfare (NCW), meant the combination of sensor grids, C&C grids, and precision targeting to increase speed to command, and represented a military offset. This book discusses how along with networking comes exposure to cyber attacks — attacks that will be used in future wars.
7. The Real Internet of Things by Daniel Miessler. There is great confusion about what the Internet of Things means. This book lays out a technological future based on the intersection of evolutionary psychology, shared functionality desires, and a long-term vision of human society. Broken into three themes of Prediction, Interface, and Evolution, The Real Internet of Things is an attempt to show what's coming so that we can start getting ready. Regardless of what forms it may take during gestation, this book describes what the Real Internet of Things will inevitably become.
8. Inventing Future Cities by Michael Batty. In this book, Michael Batty explores what we need to understand about cities in order to invent their future. Batty discusses the approaching great transition from a world with few cities to a world of all cities, and argues that future cities will be defined as clusters in a hierarchy. He describes the future “high-frequency”, real-time streaming city, considers urban sprawl and urban renewal, and maps the waves of technological change, which grow ever more intense and can lead to continuous innovation — an unending process of creative destruction out of which future cities will emerge.
9. The Smart City Transformations: The Revolution of The 21st Century by Amitabh Satyam and Igor Calzada. Smart city concepts address the dual objectives of sustainability and improvement in the quality of life. Developing smart cities is a stated objective of many governments and corporations worldwide, and as the global population increases, the world must move towards a smarter use of available resources. Smart concepts integrate a diverse set of assets, expertise and capabilities, and invoke the knowledge areas of business management, behavioural science, political science, electronics, computing, mathematics, economics, city administration, and project management. No area of knowledge is untouched. Smart transformation is the revolution of the twenty-first century.
10. Smart City Tech Planning Handbook: Your Smart City Planning Guide for broadband, IOT, and solutions in technology by Wade Sarver. Do you want to build something for a smart city? Are you working to make your campus smart? Are you building a new corporate park with smart solutions? Not only that, but what assets do you have that you can use or even better, and make money on? This book is here for you to plan your path to deploy technology in your city for your purpose. If you intend to improve the existing city infrastructure, then this book will help you develop smart city initiatives.
11. Future Cities: 42 Insights and Interviews with Influencers, Startups, Investors by Stefano L. Tresca. Future Cities is a collection of articles and interviews about smart cities, drones, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, Internet of Things and other innovations that used to be sci-fi just a few years ago.
12. Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities by Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman. The future of humanity is urban, and the nature of urban space enables, and necessitates, sharing -- of resources, goods and services, experiences. Yet traditional forms of sharing have been undermined in modern cities by social fragmentation and commercialization of the public realm. In Sharing Cities, Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman argue that the intersection of cities' highly networked physical space with new digital technologies and new mediated forms of sharing offers cities the opportunity to connect smart technology to justice, solidarity, and sustainability. The authors explore the opportunities and risks for sustainability, solidarity, and justice in the changing nature of sharing.
13. The Inversion Factor: How to Thrive in the IoT Economy by Linda Bernardi, Sanjay Sarma, and Kenneth Traub. In the past, companies found success with a product-first orientation; they made a thing that did a thing. The Inversion Factor explains why the companies of today and tomorrow will have to abandon the product-first orientation. They chart the evolution of three IoTs―the Internet of Things (devices connected to the Internet), the Intelligence of Things (devices that host software applications), and the Innovation of Things (devices that become experiences). Finally, they offer a blueprint for businesses making the transition to inversion and interviews with leaders of major companies and game-changing startups.
14th. Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony M. Townsend. From Beijing to Boston, cities are deploying smart technology—sensors embedded in streets and subways, Wi-Fi broadcast airports and green spaces—to address the basic challenges faced by massive, interconnected metropolitan centers. In Smart Cities, Anthony M. Townsend documents this emerging futuristic landscape while considering the motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings of the key actors—entrepreneurs, mayors, philanthropists, and software developers—at work in shaping the new urban frontier.