Share, share – that’s fair (and more productive too!)

Collaboration in the city

Did you know that individuals, enterprises and cities that engage with one another and bring in new ideas from the outside are more productive, more creative and even live longer, healthier lives? A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the MIT Human Dynamics Lab in Cambridge, USA where I learned how crucial the flow of ideas is to the health of society and for its individual members. Continue reading

Sky is the limit: connectivity is transforming the air travel experience

Travel tags are going to get smarter and connected

An important part of city life starts and ends with air travel. In the US, 642 million passengers flew on 8.4 million domestic flights during 2012. So how can network technology go from a gate-to gate experience to an enhanced door-to-door experience? Continue reading

Agility is the new organizational logic

Changed logic

In my previous post I wrote about the changing nature of the office environment, that the office space as we know it is officially dead, and that the new office environment is a place for meaningful exchange – an exchange place. The physical spaces we work in are changing and so too are the ways that individuals work. For example, we now use private networks for work-related issues as well as other non-corporate services. The question is, are organizations following? Continue reading

Looking for the perfect parking spot?

Connected parking

A growing challenge in the cities is how to meet its citizen’s parking needs. Users expect navigation support to help them find parking spots close to their destination. With the growth of hybrid and electrical cars, the demand for powered parking spots will grow in urban areas. But what role do networks and smartphones play in this scenario? Continue reading

The office is dead – long live the exchange place!

The office is dead

The office as we know it, is dying. There are still many traditional workplaces out there but it’s only a matter of time before they too will change. With constant connectivity, work can take place at any time and at any place. Offices workers used to be tied to one specific location because of the tools they used (heavy typewriters or fixed-line telephony) and the way they were organized (storage, time and control) in an industrial society. Continue reading

By transforming industry we can transform society

Industry transformation

The world – including business, industry, markets, consumers, economies, and the demographic landscape – is changing at a rapid pace. Everything is changing due to globalization, free movement of capital and social factors. In the last decade, new economic powers have emerged, challenging established structures. New corporate giants have emerged too, taking over new market spaces. Industries have been transformed by disruptors’ business models (take the music industry for example). Today, your most important competitor may not even exist in your industry yet. There is massive competition between industries. Think that Google, Facebook, and Twitter are less than 15 years old (Google recently celebrated its 15 years anniversary). The internet has radically changed our lives. It all started with fixed-network and dial-up services and the best is yet to come with mobile broadband networks in the era of the Networked Society. Continue reading

It’s time to power up public city spaces

Connected public spaces

Modern “cityzens” expect mobile coverage and capacity wherever they go. Providing infrastructure for good mobile-data coverage and capacity is as important as public transportation, electricity, water and sewage. The question I want to address in this post is: how do operators leverage the capabilities of small cells to power-up performance in public spaces? Continue reading

Let’s solve the issues of cities (and we’ll solve many of the problems of the world)

Smartphones change cities

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. In a megacity, the amount of people in itself creates an extreme environment in terms of how space and resources are employed, which drives cities to lead innovation. With the rapid urbanization, and the challenges that follow as a consequence, today’s cities are shaping our future – and probably more than whole countries do. Continue reading

Working life as we know it is changing dramatically

How will work be organized in the Networked Society? Fundamental changes are taking place. Cultural changes and rapid technological development are changing the rules and opening up for new ways of structuring business and changes in the workplace. Ideas and innovation are fueling this move forward. It is becoming more important, if not essential to stay in a constant state of evolution while creating a climate where new ideas can surface and grow. So how will you survive in this new game? Continue reading

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