Technology for good

Ericsson at Rio+Social

Things are about to get social. On June 19, 2012, we’re proudly supporting the Rio+Social gathering, where some of the world’s most influential leaders, spokespeople and bloggers are brought together in Rio and online to create a global conversation around some of the biggest challenges facing the world today.

We think these challenges can be addressed using technology to change the way we, as global citizens, work and live in the Networked Society. In five years, 90 percent of the world’s population will have access to mobile broadband. The recent Broadband Commission report on the link between ICT and climate action identifies some transformative solutions that can be brought about by mobile broadband.

As fellow mobile subscribers, we all make up the largest social network in the history. If you have ever considered how technology can be used for good, our examples below should give you some more ideas.

On June 19, the world will be watching Rio. We invite you to join the conversation.

Stay tuned, this kit will be updated continuously with fresh content during the Rio week and days following the event.

Rio+Social in a Nutshell

Enabling a low carbon economy

Enabling a low carbon economy

By offering solutions to reduce the 98 percent of carbon emissions that come from other industries and sectors, ICT has huge potential to lead the transformation to a low-carbon economy. We offer solutions for remote work, smart grids, intelligent transport and other innovative uses of ICT.

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Sustainable cities

The urban centers of the world are responsible for nearly 80 percent of carbon-dioxide emissions, but only cover 2 percent of land mass. To combat this, we focus on using technology to reduce environmental impact throughout the value chain. An example of this is Stockholm Royal Seaport. The project aims to make Stockholm a world-class sustainable city with a climate-positive city district, utilizing climate-smart and energy-efficient infrastructure connecting 10,000 homes and 30,000 work spaces.

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Climate Advocacy

Addressing climate change demands coordinated global action. To us, climate advocacy is about bringing stakeholders together to put the right framework in place for innovation and investment in ICT to achieve a low-carbon economy. One key initiative we support is the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, established in 2010 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to highlight the ways broadband can be used to realize the UN Millennium Development Goals. Ericsson chairs the commission’s Working Group on Climate Change, which in 2011 produced the report “The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action for a Low-Carbon Economy.”

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Intelligent Transport

Almost 80 percent of consumers in Berlin, New York, Paris and Shanghai state they want smarter travel planners to guide them more effectively (Ericsson ConsumerLab, 2012).Travel and transport contributes close to 13 percent of global CO2 emissions, and the figure is rising. Intelligent transport systems and services can reduce these figures through reduced fuel consumption, whilst making people more aware of the environmental impact of their travel. In Curitiba, Brazil, which has a population of 3.2 million, transport operators are benefiting from an electronic-ticketing and fleet-management system enabled by mobile broadband in a joint project with Vivo and Dataprom.

Communication for all

Communication for all

Our greatest contribution to sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals is to make ICT more accessible and affordable for all. ICT supports economic growth and quality of life, and enables developing nations and individuals to seize the opportunities of the Networked Society.

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Connect to Learn

Connect To Learn is a collaborative effort between Ericsson, the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Millennium Promise that leverages the power of ICT to bring high-quality education to students everywhere. It promotes universal access to education to help meet the Millennium Development Goals by providing scholarships to girls.

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Refugees Reconnection

According to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), the UN’s refugee agency, more than 43 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide and struggle to learn the whereabouts of separated family members. In 2010, Ericsson joined NGO Refugees United, the UNCHR and African mobile operator MTN to develop and deploy a mobile application to help refugees find loved ones according to the UNHCR, 3 million people in East Africa alone could benefit from it. This month, Ericsson will take part in World Refugee Day on June 20, to increase awareness of the plight of the forcibly displaced and stateless.

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Connecting the Amazon

Remote communities in the Amazon have connectivity for the first time, thanks to the Amazon Connected project, in which Ericsson has joined with partners to provide mobile broadband to people in the region. Mobile broadband voice and Internet access as well as m-health and m-learning services are now available to 30,000 people in Brazil. The goal is to reach 175 villages.