Mikael Eriksson Björling

About digital transformation, design, creativity and lifestyle in the Networked Society.


50 billion connections

Data in the Networked Society – own, shared and open

There is a rising amount of data generated every day – pieces of information generated from basically every human interaction. As we carry our smartphones, tablets, laptops and fitness trackers, among other connected devices, with us, all the transactions, purchases, searches, page visits and app usage generate huge volumes of data.

We generate data when we drive our cars and when we travel – basically every footstep we take generates data. To this we can add all the data generated from billions of sensors, industrial machinery and complex systems such as an industrial production line, a logistic system or a public transportation system. A single jet engine can generate 1 TB of data in one flight, and 58 Petabytes of data are transferred on mobile networks globally every day.

Thanks to new analytical and algorithmic tools, these rising amounts of data can now be analyzed across networks to enable new forms of collective reasoning for improved decision-making and automated tasks. Organizations can gather and synthesize this data – whether it’s their own, shared or open data – dynamically and in real time, giving them a new resource to deliver insights that were never before possible. However, without trust in the privacy and security of data used in these applications, the potential benefits in these areas will be severely limited.

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Things in the Networked Society – connected and intelligent

Anything that can benefit from a connection will have one in the Networked Society.

About seven years ago, our former CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg stated that there would be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. That was mind-blowing at that time. What would all these devices do?

Since then, a lot has happened, and we have seen many other companies start to talk about the same thing. We have also seen tremendous smartphone growth from about 500 million smartphone subscriptions in 2010 to about 3.5 billion subscriptions today. Now we have started to see many different things getting connected. The Internet of Things (IoT), as it’s often called, even has its own day now, and every business looking for opportunity based on mobility and connectivity should be connecting both their products and processes.

Maersk_shipWe already have many examples of things getting connected and intelligent. Maersk’s entire shipping fleet has been connected for several years, both the ship and the containers. This has allowed Maersk to improve…

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SIME Stockholm HR Summit, Open Innovation och Mobile Future

Den senaste tiden har det varit presentationer och mediaövningar i Moskva och Stockholm kring Networked Society och hur arbetslivet förändras.

Open Innovation – Moscow  1/11 paneldiskussion om “Smart devices and portable gadgets: How the Internet of things is changing the world” med en riktigt bra sammansättning i panelen: Ralph Simon modererade och vi som samtalade var Qaizar Hassonjee, Vice President Innovations, Wearable Sports Electronics, Adidas, Eugeny Kuznetsov, Director, Strategic Communications Department, RVC, Vladislav Martynov, General Director, Yota Devices, Sonny Vu, Founder, Misfit Wearables, Dmitry Kuznetsov, Country Marketing Director—Russia, Google och Ruslan Smelyanskiy, R&D Director, Applied Research Center for Computer Networks.


Mobile Future – Stockholm 7/11

Keynote presentation om “framtidens arbetsliv”. Hur förändras vårt arbetsliv när vi går in i det uppkopplade samhället, hur förändras vår syn på arbete var ämnet för dagen? Bra publik och kul med extra support på scenen!
Mobile Future MEB och GB
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SIME Stockholm HR Summit

Vilka utmaningar finns i nästa generations arbetsliv, hur hittar man talanger, var tar företaget slut och var börjar privatlivet? Det var frågor vi ställde oss på SIME HR Summit. Extra gott stöd på scenen även här!

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Scen-intervju med Tommie Cau och samtal med Marie Larsson Hallander

ATEAs kundtidning Tomorrow kom ut för ett tag sedan med en intervju från Boot camp i somras

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Photo credit: Jonas Borg

Föreläsning på ATEA Boot Camp


I slutet på maj kommer jag föreläsa på temat “Nätverksamhället – om uppkopplade individer och en förändrad värld” Vilka är trenderna som formar det framväxande nätverkssamhället? Hur kommer företag och organisationer påverkas? Vilka möjligheter erbjuder det nya nätverkssamhället?

Cloud content extends device life

You might love your devices, your smartphone, tablet, TV or laptop. But it’s no longer the love to the device itself that is that strongest love. As the services we are using become networked, the cloud becomes our love.

Services used to be implemented locally in the mobile phone and phones used to contain a fixed, limited, number of services and functions. The main driver to purchase a new mobile phone used to be that the new model contained a couple of new functions, such as the possibility to send images or play a game. Often the design was dramatically changed between models. The size of the screen, the size of the device, the form factor, i.e. if it was a “bar”, “slider”, “flip” or “swivel” phone. Also the input method differed between models. Most common was the 12-key keypad, but some high-end phones used qwerty keyboard or a stylus pen.

New devices are always attractive, especially in certain customer segments. But for many of us the device we love and utilize every day has become just a screen; that blank surface we touch to start services, to download applications, to update an app or the OS. With a simple touch on the screen we enter the cloud and a world of services. And that is what we love. Read the rest of the post at the Networked Society blog

Intelligent medicine: the future of health

The Swedish American Life Science Summit, held August 21 – 23, had many interesting presentations and discussions about various topics across the life science sector, such as Innovative Healthcare Delivery Models and Creating a Digital Health System.

At the event, I presented Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society and some of the concepts that could be realized today if we utilize the possibilities we have within connectivity and networking.

Here are a few examples:

The Doctor in a Box is a device that you can either have in your home or that can be brought to you by a home Samaritan, relative or friend. It offers distant healthcare and video conferencing with real doctors for daily/weekly checkups like blood pressure and a simple blood test to see that you are fine and that the medications you take are working well.

The “Doctor in a Box Program” aims to make it easier to get medical assistance, by simultaneously reducing the pressure on the health care system.

Intelligent Medicine Jar acts together with the Living Tray ( an app running on the tablet that connects with the medicine jars), and displays live, up-to-date information on the outside packaging. You are identified with fingerprints, so no one can take the wrong medicine. The packaging is secure, keeps track of your consumption and dispenses only the right amount of pills. If the patient combines medicines that are negative to each other it will send a warning.

Fast line traffic management is an advanced traffic logistics system, providing real-time information through its network. This enables green lights along the route of emergency vehicles and directs traffic flow effectively in rush hour. This reduces the risk of collisions and shortens travel time in matters of emergency, saving lives for patients and reducing risk in traffic.

To learn more, view my presentation on SlideShare or look at the Networked Society blog 

The Networked Society and The Social Web Of Things

Back home after a great week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Tired but satisfied! Barcelona is great this part of the year with lovely weather and good business!

I spent five days at the MWC talking about Ericsson’s vision about the Networked Society and how the society is transforming. We used a large table with printed words and props to illustrate what is happening and trigger discussions.

Social Web of Things

In our vision every thing that will benefit from being connected will be connected and we expect 50B connected devices by year 2020. To illustrate that and how it could work Ericsson Research have developed the fantastic concept “The Social Web of Things”. Imagine that all your things are connected, have a relation and can talk to each other and to you just like friends in a social network.

We showed a number of use cases such as when you turn on the security system in your house the lights that still are on will ask you if they should be on or if they should turn themselves of. Or my favorite use case is when the light asks the alarm clock if it wants some assistant “I can slowly fade to make the awakening more comfortable”.

Outside Ericsson’s Hall 6 we showed the Social Web of Things concept with connected Lego Mindstorm robots that collected used coffee cups, that watered plants and sorting our the laundry for you. All this in a future near you!

KA-POW! It’s the Internet of Things comic book

Enabling anything that can be connected to be connected, the Internet of Things is the hero of this story.

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Internet of Things: the hype begins

This year Gartner added the Internet of Things to their hype curve, along with other hyped words such as ’big data’, ‘gamification’ and ‘customization’.

According to Gartner Research, the word Internet of Things is “on the rise.” This is the stage before the mass media hype begins. I think this analysis is spot on.

The vision of Internet of Things has been around since the early days of internet, but it has not found its way up to the hype curve until now. That’s because until now, we haven’t seen the meaning, the technology wasn’t in place and global connectivity and consumer behavior wasn’t there. Now, many people are starting to understand what it’s all about.

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