This statement resonates for us at Ericsson on many levels. We believe that ICT will flow through future cities like water or electricity – a utility underlying and shaping everything; from the performance of today’s smartphones to redefining transport and mobility to the high-stakes race to build a sustainable future for humanity.
We also believe that the density of cities fosters creativity, and in this City Life issue of Ericsson Business Review, we take on urban issues with an eye towards a transformative future, in which ICT drives paradigm shifts in areas such as commerce, government and family life.
We examine the emerging possibilities of both the collaborative city in redefining concepts of ownership and civic participation, and the connected marketplace, with secure and convenient payment, for consumers in developed and developing countries alike.
The head of research at Ericsson ConsumerLab takes us through research into how cultural expectations will shape city services of the future. We also talked to an executive from NTT DOCOMO in Japan about meeting the smartphone challenge in terms of services, and we hear from both the chairman of the New Cities Foundation and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute on their visions of the future city.
By 2050, 6 billion people, or 70 percent of the world’s population, will live in urban areas. What we need are long-term visions for integrating ICT into urban infrastructure – both physical and social. This will allow for cross-sector collaborations we can’t imagine now. Join our conversation on cities both here at Ericsson Business Review and through our many City Life initiatives.
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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.
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.
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In March 2014, Ericsson Business Review will explore industry transformation. Get a taste today with this video and hear Jacob Navok, Director of Business Development at Square Enix, explain how connectivity and big data are fundamentally changing the gaming business.