We do not have to choose between technology and people. ICT holds the key to making future cities more dynamic and inclusive, says John Rossant, founder and chairman of the New Cities Foundation.
Cities are the ultimate symbol of the human ability to cooperate, and emerging collaborative models and tools will be the keys to creating opportunities and meeting challenges in the connected cities of both today and tomorrow.
Hiroyasu Asami, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Smart-Life Business Division for NTT DOCOMO, talks about how the Japanese operator has faced the challenges and opportunities that smartphones create in terms of services, and how he expects the company’s services to develop in the future.
In what ways will developments in ICT, such as intelligent networks and the cloud, most shape life in 21st-century megacities? With most of humanity living in cities – and so many in megacities – how do you see the evolution of how we interact with each other?
At Ericsson ConsumerLab, our consumer research looks at how specific cultural expectations may shift ICT onto different developmental trajectories in various cities around the world.
Together, the smartphone and connectivity provide a universal payment tool that is secure, interoperable and convenient. This has added a crucial layer to the existing trade infrastructure, transforming it into a connected marketplace.
5G will integrate new and existing radio-access technologies, rather than be based on a single breakthrough technology, and this will mark the next phase of a radically transformative global process – the connectivity revolution. And while it’s too early to know exactly what 5G will mean for individual players or industries, there is no doubt it will disrupt value chains and enable new opportunities on an unprecedented scale both within and across industries.
The world’s cities are often congested and complex, but they are also among the planet’s most exciting places to live. Research for Ericsson’s Networked Society City Index has found a strong correlation between the ICT maturity of a city and the way that city stakeholders can use ICT to bring social, economic and environmental benefits to the population.
By mining the vast amount of data produced by the array of connected things within any city, ICT can contribute to efficient day-to-day city management and help leaders and citizens alike negotiate the challenges of their current rapid rate of development.
The banking and financial services industry needs to show flexibility and creativity to adjust to the relentless pace of change today, writes Kosta Peric – the deputy director of the “Financial Services for the Poor” initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There particularly needs to be a change in mindset, from capturing consumers to empowering them. And within that change, a mobile focus is a no-brainer, Peric writes, along with investments in social media and big data analytics.
For an operator, being agile means being fast and flexible enough to remain in control and gain the time it needs to look ahead and deliver great experiences, says Ivo Bures, of the Qatar-based operator Ooredoo. And operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) are the key to both meeting the challenge of growth and turning it into opportunity.