Category archives: Technology

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:

Don’t underestimate the power of small cells in the mobile enterprise

-+*Since the small cell concept was introduced in the marketplace, there has been an ongoing debate with regards to the amount of cells that should be deployed. Over the past two years, there have been large fluctuations in estimates. But what if the reality will be 10X higher than the even the high-end estimates we currently are working with?

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.

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.

A bionic bar makes for better blends – a quantum-leap forward in mixology

-+*Bartending and mixology made a quantum leap forward when the world’s first bionic bar was launched on a cruise ship earlier this month. Are you ready to start ordering your drinks from your phone and have them delivered by a robot, or are you an old-fashioned fan?

Connected animals can help us protect endangered species

-+*The journeys of the endangered Atlantic loggerhead turtles are among the longest in the animal kingdom, and they have largely remained a mystery until now. An international team of scientists led by Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter has uncovered the migratory secrets of the loggerhead turtles in West Africa, and the results could have huge implications for developing strategies to protect them.

Innovation + Agility = Success: Highlights from the OSS/BSS Summit

-+*I was particularly struck by the leading work being done in Estonia, where Eesti Telekom stays ahead of the competition with agile innovations like mobile IDs, mobile money, mobile parking and other IMS and 4G-related services developed using Ericsson’s platforms and solutions. The willingness of an operator to work openly with partners to provide value to the end user is a mandate of the Networked Society. Eesti exemplifies that mindset.

Cooperative transport systems – the next step in transport transformation – part 2

-+*We will see cooperative systems with vehicle-to-vehicle communication to prevent accidents by sensing each other. There will be systems for adjusting traffic flows and prices in real-time, depending on the situation and demand. We will see smart cooperation between all means of transportation where commuters can plan, travel and pay seamlessly across public and private transportation services.

Cooperative transport systems – the next step in transport transformation

-+*Connectivity is being embedded throughout the transport infrastructure in vehicles, roads, parking spaces, traffic controlling system and the whole logistical chain changing the role of nearly every player in the industry. Connectivity is the starting point, and the next thing that will come is cooperation between all these assets, between vehicles, transport infrastructure, users, service providers and operators.