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Ericsson Garage Silicon Valley spans the innovation chasm

Ideas for products and services are often successful early on but die a death trying to cross the chasm between the early and mainstream markets. By focusing on the key aspects of the innovation lifecycle during each step, our innovation pipeline is designed to help move seamlessly from early incubation to global scale. The newly opened Ericsson Garage and the Chief Innovation Office in Silicon Valley address this challenge by establishing a framework that spans the whole process – from ideation to market adaption.

Ericsson Garage Silicon Valley – along with a new Experience Center – were officially opened in October 2016. Among early visitors were guests from the Berkeley Innovation Forum, who stepped into the new facility for an interactive and engaging experience, where we introduced the Ericsson Garage and our new corporate innovation process.

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Designing for smarter cities with mixed reality

How can we promote collaborative governance and urban sustainability when planning for the cities of the future?

We believe that mixed reality offers interesting opportunities to engage citizens who are normally excluded from the planning process, and whose participation is important to foster urban sustainability.

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CloudOS: A Gen3 Cloud System Platform

Just like cellular wireless networks, cloud system platforms have gone through several generations. Gen1 lifted server images off hardware servers and plopped them down on virtualized enterprise data centers as VMs. Gen 2 provided complex cloud management stacks with lots of services. Recently, in Gen2.5, container management systems have been layered on top of the cloud management stacks. But one more step is needed to make development and deployment truly easy and data center management radically better.

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Learning things we never knew we never knew

If you watch movies and TV series on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime Video (to name just a few), you may have noticed that it has been a while since a new paradigm was introduced in terms of how media content is discovered.

A common procedure we follow when looking for something to watch on video-on-demand services is to select a genre and then browse through the titles on display there until you find something you like the look of, right? Then, if there’s nothing there of interest (or you have seen all the movies listed in the genre you chose), you select another genre. And repeat. We’ve all done it.

When video-on-demand services have thousands of titles to choose from, rather than being a way to relax, the search process can become a headache for end users. We wanted to try something a little bit different.

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2017 will be a momentous year for 5G

CTO reflection:
Ericsson has achieved encouraging progress in 5G standardization in 2016, with industry use cases, and live field trials. Big efforts in research and development, but also industry-wide collaborations are behind the fantastic evolution. The movement is set to continue throughout 2017 and our ambition is to be a leader in terms of our contribution to technological innovation as well as aligning the ICT industry.

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HDR signals a brighter future for television

CTO office reflection
Since the commercial introduction of color in the early 1950s, the standards for television have gone through major improvements in terms of image resolution: SD, HD, UHD (4K). Brightness and color, however, have remained at the level of old-style CRT TVs rather than attempting to match the capabilities of the human eye.

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Connecting the port of Livorno

Successively more sectors in our society are becoming connected. Mid November, Ericsson participated in taking a major step towards the connected, intelligent sea port; a Plugtest Interop event focused on Intelligent transport systems, and an associated innovation conference – SPIN2016 – in the city of Livorno, Italy. Both activities are part of our 5G initiative in the Tuscany region.

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