Tag archives: ICT

The journey of GPS – innovations that change the way we live

It’s not unusual that great innovations start based on industrial needs and then develop into something ordinary people can use in their daily lives.

Real-time environmental data sent to residents’ mobile phones

Last week, I had the good fortune to visit a true gem on the Adriatic Sea: Think turquoise water, green islands and a fascinating old town. The wall of the fire station just next to my rented apartment, however, proved to be in stark contrast to all this beauty. It was covered in bullet holes, [...]

New utility business models

An article in the current issue of the Scientific American recently caught my attention. It describes a very interesting business model that the New York City electrical utility, Con Edison, has applied.
The utility offers its customers a kit that allows them to remotely – via a mobile app or web site – adjust their air [...]

Change will never be as slow as it is today

On Friday, September 28, Hans Vestberg talked about The Networked Society at SIME London. He spoke about how broadband, mobility and the cloud will become the core infrastructures in which all other activities in society will operate under.
At the moment, basically every industry sector in the world is seeking new opportunities based on this ICT [...]

ICT can play a key role in fostering peace

Today, September 21, is being observed around the world as the International Day of Peace. The United Nations is recognizing the day by holding a series of high-level debates on the connection between sustainable development and sustainable peace. The role of ICT in addressing the Millennium Development Goals is increasingly recognized. I would also argue, however, that [...]

How networked vacations can simplify traveling

 
Planning our vacations and trips is already networked. We book flights, cars and hotels online. We find our way with GPS, and we share the daily highlights of our trips through social media. So what else is around the corner that can simplify our travel plans?

Paper or tablet? The future of magazines

Over the next five years, many print magazines will be transformed into digital publications. Digital magazines will come in two forms: a downloaded version that is available offline, and a networked cloud version that readers can access in real time.
As I flipped through a pile of magazines during my summer vacation, I realized the paper [...]

Life in the modern-day megacity

 A megacity is a metropolitan area with a total population in excess of 10 million. That’s a lot of people!
In our recent Megacities report, it was stated that by 2025 it is estimated that around 630 million people will live in close to 40 megacities around the world. Japan’s Tokyo will still be the largest [...]

STRESS IN THE CITY

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, what one could complete during a day depended entirely on daylight. With technological innovations we’ve managed to extend our days to such an extent that we’re now living in a 24-hour society. City people in particular tend to live high tempo lifestyles, moving between meetings, appointments, various roles and activities. We live [...]

Is bigger always better? Evolving TV and video-consumption habits

The way we watch TV is evolving continuously. About 10 years ago, it was all about the size of your TV screen at home. While the bigger the better still applies in the living room, in the past two or three years, mobile broadband  and the cloud have enabled TV content to be viewed on [...]