Category archives: People

Dreaming of a connected (and smart) home

You have heard about it, and maybe also seen and feel it. Maybe your neighbors have it or maybe you have it by yourself. I’m talking about the connected home. It actually still surprises me that we have so many things around us connected, even our cars. But our houses have been dragging. Until now. It’s still in the start-up phase but a lot of connected home developments are now coming.

Empowering societies with mobile health

Various telecom operators around the world have begun to offer mobile health services in partnership with healthcare providers for remote patient monitoring. This is truly required for patients with chronic illnesses and mobility issues – in these cases mobile health drastically improves their quality of life. But what if people cannot afford to own their own health monitoring equipment?

Can Motor City become Bike City? The reinvention of Detroit.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Detroit. It is a fascinating city facing many challenges getting on its feet again, which makes it a really interesting place to visit if you want to study entrepreneurship and creativity. My reason for being there was to study the progress of a city trying to redefine its post-industrial self.

LEDing innovation in lighting (and getting a Nobel Prize in the process)

According to the Nobel website, one-fourth of the world’s electricity consumption is for lighting our cities, which means that LEDs contribute to saving great resources. They last up to 100,000 hours compared to 10,000 hours for fluorescent bulbs and 1,000 for incandescent bulbs. Can it get any better? Well, yes, if you asked my son and his classmates recently.

Santa Cloud is coming to town …

The cloud could be a big help for Santa Claus during his one huge workday , not to mention the rest of the year when he has to prepare himself and his team of managers, the elves, for a lighting-fast global logistics operation. Here are a few ways that Santa could seamlessly manage his people, himself, resources, customers, and suppliers in the cloud:

The top ten consumer trends for 2015 and beyond

From a personal perspective, trying out a couple of new apps and ultimately keeping one or two of them for daily use doesn’t seem like a lot of change – but it has a huge impact on society as a whole. Do you remember as a child how irritating it was to meet grandparents or relatives at big events and having to suffer the “Oh, you have grown so much” commentary? When you are the one changing, you don’t see it, even if it was so striking to others.

Putting airlines and banks on notice in the Networked Society

ll I can think about is: Why aren’t the bags connected? It seems that the Internet of Things has managed to skip over the airline baggage industry. When you send a package via the US Postal Service or UPS, you get a tracking number and you can watch your package as it moves from warehouse to airplane to another warehouse to a truck coming to your door. Fantastic.

Why Grandma needs to get connected

As reported in a ConsumerLab report, 31 percent of 65 to75-year-olds own a smartphone or a tablet, devices that have proven so much more accessible than computers and email systems of the past.

Why is it so important to not leave the older generation behind digitally? Well, in 2000, for the first time in history, there were more people in the world aged 60 or over than there were children below the age of 5. Since that turning point, in less than 15 years, the average global life expectancy has increased by another six years.

No 4G, no problem: how people in developing Asia are driving social media use

We have just released our seventh edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report and as I went through the South East Asia and Oceania appendix, what really stood out was how much social media has become ingrained as part of life in this region.
Already, one in four of us feel social media is central to our lives and as many as 60 percent are using multiple social media platforms. Even more striking was the fact that this sentiment seemed to be more pronounced in emerging countries like Vietnam and Indonesia.

Smart citizens make smart cities

As we look towards this increasingly urbanized society, there is a lot of talk about smart cities being the answer. But how do we build these smart cities? Do we need to form government committees, public private partnerships, and fund PR campaigns? Maybe, but it turns out that the biggest driver of the smart city is a lot closer to home: it’s you, the smart citizen.