Mikael Eriksson Björling

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



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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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!

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