Collaboration and the cloud will improve companies’ competitiveness

Cloud collaboration in cities

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? Continue reading

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

Cars in cities

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 licenses. By 2008 those numbers had dropped to 31% and 49% respectively. The long-term result of this trend will hopefully be a better city, a cleaner society and a more effective use of time by all. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

When roaming the globe becomes as simple as being at home

Roaming and connectivity for tourists

Most cities are dependent on a healthy flow of tourists exploiting what the city has to offer. As we enter a city in a new country, most of the smartphone data tools we use at home move into “restricted use” mode. We switch off roaming to save money. We hope for a Wi-Fi spot at the hotel, and we turn off “location” to save battery power. This “phone-box-like connectivity” is no longer good enough. So what could make life a lot easier for tourists with widespread and affordable access in the city? Continue reading

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