An ‘Oh No Moment’ at WebRTC Expo


WebRTC brings real-time communication to your web browser, and WebRTC Expo last month in Atlanta brought all the global WebRTC leaders together in one place. My conclusions from the show? It is easier to add real-time communications to a web app than it is to make that web app look good.

The communications paradigm has changed from complicated technology to seamless experience. And the communications industry should take note and consider this their “iPhone moment.” Continue reading

Circular economy in the smart city of Rotterdam

Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam

The circular economy is a new concept for building an economy that’s regenerated by design: nothing is lost, everything is transformed. This means moving away from a linear transformation process, based on the notion of “take-make-dispose” to a circular process where waste becomes input.

So what is the relationship between the circular economy and the city of Rotterdam? This blog post introduces a case for the circular economy vision using the city of Rotterdam. It is also a call for discussion and sharing ideas around this topic with readers and Networked Society ecosystem members. Continue reading

STEM talent soon a scarce resource

In a world where all business sectors will migrate into the Networked Society, certain competencies will become a precious resource. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) talent will be the crude oil on which the future Networked Society will run. Demand will surpass supply for the foreseeable future, and the STEM shortage will not only be an issue for the tech sector. Continue reading

Mobile broadband + emerging markets = disruptive innovation

The widespread availability of mobile networks and the steady growth of mobile broadband in emerging markets is opening unexpected doors for convenient and affordable societal innovations.

Mobile broadband technology lets people transport data securely, faster and while traveling. Today I want to discuss the transformative and disruptive nature of mobile financial services, and how they are changing one of our most powerful business institutions: the bank. Continue reading

Coworking 2.0

A few teammates sharing a room, the objective and ongoing tasks written on a whiteboard, sporadic discussions on ideas and solutions to a problem, a few searches on the computer when there isn’t enough competence in the room. Problem solved, task completed, objective achieved – an image of traditional coworking.

Now, let’s imagine a different coworking scenario, where “ICT is the why and how of coworking,” as Erik van den Broek, co-founder of La Mutinerie, a coworking space in Paris, said when we interviewed him recently. Continue reading

Sports stadiums shift to the small screen

For decades, the construction of a new sports stadium has been associated with significant investments in a Jumbotron, an enormous video screen. At the recent D11: All Things Digital conference, the San Francisco 49ers American football team and Sony outlined an alternative approach where users bring their own screens to the game, and where 4K video and arena-specific video feeds transform the user experience. Continue reading

Connectivity in the city: fast lane or traffic jam?

Apparently we are very inpatient creatures. We can keep our focus for a second, but after waiting 4-8 seconds for a web page to load, our mind starts to wander. After ten seconds, 50 percent of us give up all together and many of us never visit that web page again.

Has it ever happened to you that Facebook just won’t update or the webpage you are browsing seems to take forever to load? Frustrating isn’t it?
The bright minds over at Ericsson’s ConsumerLab found that people in cities around the world are generally content with their mobile voice and data coverage at home and at work. Continue reading

Pioneering technology signs off STOP

Telegraph drawing by Lars Magnus Ericsson, 1874

In our world, new technologies are added almost every day. But today one of them will soon cease to exist. Can you guess which one?

“I was born in 1851. I played an important role in communications for many, many years. A special ‘device’ was used to send me. I could be sent 24/7 and some might even describe me as the analog predecessor to TXT/SMS. Continue reading

How fast is fast enough?

Broadband everywhere has been an industry idea for many years now, and Ericsson is naturally a strong driver of this. I believe personally in the benefits of broadband everywhere, because it enables my family and me to stay in constant contact while also taking part in other activities with other people – multitasking thanks to mobility. Continue reading

Technology and good karma unite a nation

On May 5, 2013 (known locally as “505”), Malaysians went to the polls to elect their government for the 13th time. Being a nation of colorful cultures and diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, this election was bound to be an impressive show. Being a nation that is also rapidly embracing innovation, it was also bound to be a test of how technology can impact the democratic process. Continue reading