In Australia, IPTV is time- and place-shifting learning

Warren Chaisatien_IPTV in Australia

IPTV is no longer just about watching movies whenever you want; it is also dramatically changing the way the next generation of dentists in Australia learn and practice. Continue reading

‘Going to work’ is taking on new meaning

Working life in the city

Work has forever been a task associated with a distinct location – the workplace. Many professions, dependent on a phone and PC as primary tools, have changed allowing the possibility to work from alternative locations like the home. The service-centric professional life in the city and widespread availability of tablets and smartphones allow for many tasks to be executed wherever you are. So, how prepared are you for the “here-office” reality? Continue reading

Here’s how Jakarta gets smart

Jakarta_traffic_jam

With a population of about 9.6 million, Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia as well as its capital. It’s the country’s economic, cultural and political center and is experiencing rapid urbanization even in the peripheral areas. It’s the most populous city in Southeast Asia and is the tenth-largest city in the world. In short, it’s a megacity – full of hope, optimism, generosity and cultural diversity. In this post, I’d like to take a closer look at how ICT is helping to make Jakarta a smart city as well. Continue reading

Putting networked restaurants on the menu

Networked restaurants

Restaurants are an important part of social life in the city, where stressed “cityzens” frequently choose an outing instead of cooking at home. Having Wi-Fi in the restaurant and social media “likes” are just as important as the menu for attracting visitors. So, what is essential for owners to consider as they take their concepts toward into a networked environment? Continue reading

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

Big-data analytics

Some cities tell you they’re awake all night based on the number of sirens you hear driving by in the wee hours, or by the lights left on in downtown office buildings. Here in Stockholm, the sun sets this time of year by 4pm, but the city doesn’t go to sleep. Lights go on, bicyclists ride by with lights and safety vests, road crews stay outside doing their jobs, and the shops are still open. By 10 pm however, things have started to slow down. The question is, can you tell by how much just by looking around you? Continue reading

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

Networked shopping

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 a purchase. That world is quickly changing however in the era of networked shopping. Continue reading

ICT is changing the way we live in cities

Sao Paulo traffic at night

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). Continue reading

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