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Ericsson's NEST (Networked Society) event focused on urbanization. Here of 12 takeaways from the event.
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Ericsson initiated and hosted its first NEST (Networked Society) forum in Hong Kong in 2011 to focus on education and its global possibilities. Its second NEST event, in Miami Nov. 19, focused on urbanization. By 2019 there will be 9.3 billion mobile subscribers, and by 2050, 70 percent of people in the world will live in cities. Event presenters and participants considered how wireless carriers, wireless network providers, city planners, city governments and savvy businesses can plan for and optimize so much traffic, both physical and wireless. And, properly planned for, could a more densely situated and thoroughly networked society be a more efficient one? One with better and more accessible health care and education resources? One that's more informed as a whole, smarter about traffic, able to better care for its elderly, and on the whole more flexible, agile and informed? Information and Communications Technology (ICT) maturity, Ericsson said in a report released during the event, is an indication of how well-positioned a city is to deliver products and services effectively and encourage new collaboration in an intensely connected world. Below are 12 takeaways from a day of lectures, conversations and big thinking about what's to come.
- See more at: http://www.eweek.com/networking/slideshows/ericsson-predicts-a-mobile-networked-society-by-2050.html#sthash.KYFKmC3L.dpuf
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