Category archives: Technology

It’s 4 am…do you know what your city is doing?

Simon Moritz works as a data scientist at Ericsson Research. He was one of the first recruits to Ericsson in areas like data mining and big data. Simon is passionate about applied data analytics and loves to develop new methods that bring forth insights from data.

For ‘cityzens’, marketing starts before they see the shop

Running a coffee shop or a food stand that attracts customers during morning rush hour or during busy shopping times used to be about securing volumes and shop location. Marketing started as a way of creating brand awareness and used to happen when customers saw your shop and then decided to come in and make [...]

ICT is changing the way we live in cities

Sunday nights are ‘pizza night’ in São Paulo. I leaned that on my very first trip to the Brazilian megacity. I also learned that Friday nights are ‘traffic night’. That is when the 24/7 traffic information radio station reports on traffic jams that are 200km long (they can actually reach up to 500km).

Collaboration and the cloud will improve companies’ competitiveness

Business life in the city has developed around a strong service sector in a variety of enterprise segments. As the global market is reshaping the future of businesses in general, with advanced ecosystems and strong niche players, local city life will also change. So how does and will the cloud, collaboration and connectivity contribute toward creating competitive companies in cities?

Cities and cars – a love affair or a marriage gone bad?

In cities around the world, cars are a prominent feature. No more so than in the US where coming of age was quite often marked by the acquisition of the personal driver’s license. But could this be changing? It appears so. In 1978 nearly half of all 16-year-olds and around 75% of all 17-year-olds had [...]

When roaming the globe becomes as simple as being at home

Most cities are dependent on a healthy flow of tourists exploiting what the city has to offer. Increasingly, networked tourists expect the same connectivity and access to location-based apps that they have at home.

Location-based services enable new ways to meet in the city

Before mobile phones, we agreed with friends on a time and a place in advance to meet up. With feature phones, we agreed on a time frame and a neighborhood and fine-tuned our plans with text messages. But how are personal meetings in the city changing with location services and LTE capabilities in smartphones?

The philosophy of being connected

Access to information makes us independent but also brings us closer to the people and things we depend on to share their data so that we can complete our tasks. In a connected world, a new philosophy is spreading, and it is much larger than the technology itself.

Connectivity will change city life forever

In this series of posts, I will discuss why the urban network is the single most important piece of infrastructure needed for economic growth in a city.

The impacts of regulating cross-border data flows

Data-protection regulation, including the regulation of cross-border data flows, has significant implications on sectors of the economy, commercial businesses, public organizations and NGOs. Data protection regulation including cross-border data flows should therefore not be labeled as an ICT issue only.