*+-From a personal perspective, trying out a couple of new apps and ultimately keeping one or two of them for daily use doesn’t seem like a lot of change – but it has a huge impact on society as a whole. Do you remember as a child how irritating it was to meet grandparents or relatives at big events and having to suffer the “Oh, you have grown so much” commentary? When you are the one changing, you don’t see it, even if it was so striking to others.
Tag archives: ICT
*+-ll I can think about is: Why aren’t the bags connected? It seems that the Internet of Things has managed to skip over the airline baggage industry. When you send a package via the US Postal Service or UPS, you get a tracking number and you can watch your package as it moves from warehouse to airplane to another warehouse to a truck coming to your door. Fantastic.
*+-In particular, we see that countries in the earlier stages of ICT development have a greater focus on supply side initiatives, building network infrastructures and encouraging widespread internet usage. Countries in later stages of ICT development focus more on demand side measures and embedding ICT into the national society and economy.
*+-As reported in a ConsumerLab report, 31 percent of 65 to75-year-olds own a smartphone or a tablet, devices that have proven so much more accessible than computers and email systems of the past.
Why is it so important to not leave the older generation behind digitally? Well, in 2000, for the first time in history, there were more people in the world aged 60 or over than there were children below the age of 5. Since that turning point, in less than 15 years, the average global life expectancy has increased by another six years.
*+-As we look towards this increasingly urbanized society, there is a lot of talk about smart cities being the answer. But how do we build these smart cities? Do we need to form government committees, public private partnerships, and fund PR campaigns? Maybe, but it turns out that the biggest driver of the smart city is a lot closer to home: it’s you, the smart citizen.
*+-Bartending and mixology made a quantum leap forward when the world’s first bionic bar was launched on a cruise ship earlier this month. Are you ready to start ordering your drinks from your phone and have them delivered by a robot, or are you an old-fashioned fan?
*+-The journeys of the endangered Atlantic loggerhead turtles are among the longest in the animal kingdom, and they have largely remained a mystery until now. An international team of scientists led by Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter has uncovered the migratory secrets of the loggerhead turtles in West Africa, and the results could have huge implications for developing strategies to protect them.
*+-We will see cooperative systems with vehicle-to-vehicle communication to prevent accidents by sensing each other. There will be systems for adjusting traffic flows and prices in real-time, depending on the situation and demand. We will see smart cooperation between all means of transportation where commuters can plan, travel and pay seamlessly across public and private transportation services.
*+-Connectivity is being embedded throughout the transport infrastructure in vehicles, roads, parking spaces, traffic controlling system and the whole logistical chain changing the role of nearly every player in the industry. Connectivity is the starting point, and the next thing that will come is cooperation between all these assets, between vehicles, transport infrastructure, users, service providers and operators.
*+-Although we can see a clear global trend towards improved ICT maturity, we found that cities with low ICT maturity tend to advance faster than cities with high ICT maturity, indicating a strong catch-up effect. Although starting at a low level, they are progressing in all ICT dimensions of the index: ICT infrastructure, ICT affordability and also improving the usage of ICT by people, business and society.