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

LBS and friends 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? Continue reading

The philosophy of being connected

Philosophy of being connected

We call it the Networked Society. We’re talking about a new world where people and things are connected and where information is readily available when you need it, independent of time and place. A world of big data – with people sharing their thoughts as well as their data – and where sensors collect countless statistics. In this emerging tech-dependent world, I find it interesting to see a new philosophy spreading – the philosophy of being connected, and it is much larger than the technology itself. Continue reading

Connectivity will change city life forever

View from Empire State Building

The evolution of networks will play a central role in the development of urban society. A network that delivers from A to Z on expectations with regards to coverage, capacity and capabilities is vital for turning urban populations into ‘cityzens’ of the Networked Society. I would argue that the urban network is the single most important piece of infrastructure needed for economic growth in a city. This is the first in a series of posts that will touch upon the following subjects introduced here. Continue reading

The impacts of regulating cross-border data flows

Cross border data flows

ICT is a key source to improve productivity, expand market reach and to disseminate knowledge and enable innovation spillovers. It is also a key source of economic value creation. The significance of data in any ICT solution is irrefutable, like the blood stream in a human body– one cannot exist without the other. The pulse of the transformative force of ICT, shaping our society can be measured by the growth of traffic data in networks as well as the growth of stored data. Ultimately, these measures symbolize the pace of digitization of our societies, markets and trade-flows. Continue reading

App-centric cities require a new mindset

ICT and city life

If there is one place we rely more heavily on our apps it’s in the city. From checking transportation timetables, to buying movie tickets or making restaurant reservations, mobile apps have become an integral part of city life. But have you ever noticed that although you have a full set of bars on your smartphone, indicating full coverage, the app you are using is still not functioning satisfactory? You’re not alone. Continue reading

Connected wheels make city life smarter

Couples of bikes over the canal of Amsterdam

From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village, Amsterdam today is a major hub for business, tourism and culture and has a long and well-respected tradition in the arts. In this post I’ll talk about some of Amsterdam’s ambitious plans for making urban life smarter. Continue reading

ICT helps city dwellers avoid foodborne illness

City life: preventing foodborne illness

The other day I learned the hard way about an app in development that tracks tweets to identify which city restaurants might be the likely source of a foodborne illness. I wish I had known about it earlier. Continue reading

A fundamental shift – how technology is transforming industry

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In a remarkably short time the internet has changed our world. Its impact has been more pervasive than that of electricity. The digital revolution has often been called the 3rd industrial revolution following previous ones driven by steam and electricity. While these earlier shifts were about creating efficiency and improvements in how products were manufactured, the ICT revolution is about a transformation of what is being processed. It’s redefining critical business assets, creating new economic models and transforming business in the process. Continue reading

Is connectivity making us more productive?

Productivity in Networked Society

It wasn’t that long ago that the world I lived in had no smart phones, tablets or widespread broadband connectivity. In fact, looking back twenty years, I can clearly remember that the pace of life was much less hectic without the electronic devices that I cherish today. Or was it? Continue reading

If you put an egg in space, will it explode or freeze?

Egg in space

Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who can envision things that are still unknown but which have the potential to benefit many. Einstein saw relativity. Jobs saw the “iSeries”. Such thinking is not linear but when presented is simple and obvious. Seeing the equivalent for M2M will require thinking differently and doing differently. We used this philosophy at the AT&T M2M Hackathon in Plano TX, September 14-15, along with the Ericsson Unity Platform to answer one simple question: can we get an egg in space, and if so will it explode or freeze?. Continue reading