Ericsson Announces Key Collaborations To Improve City Life

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
  * Global urbanization trends require transformative Information and    Communications Technology (ICT) solutions for citizen mobility, governance    and business  * Ericsson invited industry leaders and academics to join its City Index    endeavor, measuring ICT maturity in economic, social and environmental    development  * Collaboration announced with UN-Habitat for research and engagements to    promote socially, economically and environmentally sustainable cities    leveraging ICT investments  * Announced connected transport initiative to analyze effective deployment of    ICT solutions concerning vehicles, roads, and travelersAt the close of its second think-tank event called NEST - The Networked SocietyForum, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) announced its commitment to promoting industry-wide collaboration to improve city life.The theme of NEST was "Reinventing Urban Life," and for two days, a range ofleaders from government, planning, public opinion, and telecommunication,including Don Tapscott, Steven Levitt, Jimmy Wales and more, joined EricssonPresident and CEO Hans Vestberg and one hundred ICT industry leaders to considerhow the combination of mobility, broadband and cloud could offer solutions inaspects of urbanization.Vestberg said: "With one million people moving into cities every week, urbanlife represents some of the world's greatest challenges and opportunities. ICTis an integral and natural part of everything we do in this urbanized world, andEricsson has once again gathered a leading group of thinkers and doers to helppoint the way forward for our industry."Networked Society City IndexOn Tuesday, Ericsson released its 2013 Networked Society City Index report,which looks at how cities benefit from ICT in order to achieve sustainableprogress. The report ranks Stockholm, London and Singapore as top three cities,all showing high ICT maturity and good triple bottom line performance. At NEST,Ericsson invited city officials including planners and politicians as well asleaders in the business world to join the City Index endeavor, hoping to spreadthe study base from 31 cities to the 450 cities of the world that hostpopulations of one million or more."To solve systemic issues of traffic congestion, CO2 emissions, trashcollection, residential crowding, and more, collaboration is the only way wewill bring workable solutions to cities," said Vestberg. "ICT cannot solveanything by itself. If we can bring together representatives from public andprivate domains, we will surely find unexpected, innovative ways to have apositive impact on city life."Partnership with UN-HabitatAnother initiative announced at the event was a planned three-year partnershipwith UN-Habitat, the agency mandated by the United Nations to promote sociallyand environmentally sustainable towns and cities. For the next three years,Ericsson and UN-Habitat will embark on collaborative research and specificinitiatives which aim to provide valuable insights for city leaders andpolicymakers."Ericsson's role will be to contribute with technology and to be the ICTadvisor. We expect to gather case studies on improving living standards,incorporate a big data element to track urban trends, and improve publicawareness of the post-2015 sustainable development goals[1]. We also hope toengage other thought leaders in the industry in this work going forward," saidVestberg.Dr. Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN-Habitat ExecutiveDirector, said: "Over the next thirty years, the urban population of the worldwill increase by at least 2.5 billion people. How we plan and manage our townsand cities will have an economic, social and political impact and will bedirectly connected with reduction of poverty and the increase of equity. We needkey partners to bring innovation to solving the world's urban challenges, andwelcome this future partnership with Ericsson as a concrete step in thatdirection."Launch of the Intelligent Transport InitiativeIn vast research including some reports from Ericsson ConsumerLab[2], trafficand transportation are regularly cited by residents as the most challengingissues in a big, growing city. EU research estimates that about 1% of GDPannually is lost on traffic congestion. A study from the US calculates that 70million hours per year are spent finding a parking space. And globally,inadequate road safety is estimated to cost USD 518 billion, the equivalent of1-2% of an average nation's annual GDP. Traffic accidents kill nearly 1.3million people each year and an additional 20-50 million are injured ordisabled.To create a concerted effort to enable creation of safe, sustainable andefficient transport systems in the market, Ericsson is launching an IntelligentTransport Initiative. The intent is to reach stakeholders from road authorities,research institutes, public transport operators, logistics providers, andservice providers to analyze connected transport from several aspects.Dr Catherine Mulligan, Research fellow at Imperial College Business School,explained: "There is growing evidence that digital and energy infrastructuresare needed for intelligent transportation systems, enabled by commonconnectivity, device and service enablers."Vestberg continued: "Mobile communication is expected to reach 9 billionsubscriptions by 2019. This would never happen without unity and collaborationacross the entire ecosystem. We need a similar drive now that we will seeindustries such as transport take advantage of mobility, broadband, and cloud.We've seen wonderful innovations by leading companies but in order for theseideas to scale across the globe, we need to collaborate."Some of the major trends in transport are autonomous driving (driverlessvehicles) and the uptake of electric vehicles. During 2014, Ericsson will lead astudy across several disciplines to increase understanding of how an intelligenttransport system can best be provided. This work will look at aspects likeinnovation, safety, quality of service, business models and value chains, andstandardization will be analyzed. Ericsson will hold a series of subject-focusedroundtables throughout the year. The expected result aims to propose actions tostimulate progress, eliminate barriers and generate new business.Vestberg concluded: "Together with global experts and industry leaders, we aimto inspire, develop and create actionable ideas that can expand opportunitiesfor our industry, at the same time making a tangible contribution to society atlarge."NOTES TO EDITORSNetworked Society City Index ReportPost-2015 Development GoalsThe Broadband CommissionAbout World Urban Forum 7The World Urban Forum was established by UN-Habitat to examine one of the mostpressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact oncommunities, cities, economies, policies and climate change. The World UrbanForum 7 will be held in Medellin, Colombia on 5-11 April 2014.www.unhabitat.org/wufAbout Habitat III'Habitat III' is the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and SustainableUrban Development, to take place in 2016. Habitat III will be one of the firstglobal conferences after the Post 2015 Development Agenda. It is an opportunityto discuss and chart new pathways in response to the challenges of urbanizationand the opportunities it offers for the implementation of the sustainabledevelopment goals.www.unhabitat.org/Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video atwww.ericsson.com/pressEricsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions thatallow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainablesocieties around the world.Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Informationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and wesupport customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericssonis listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.www.ericsson.comwww.ericsson.com/newswww.twitter.com/ericssonpresswww.facebook.com/ericssonwww.youtube.com/ericssonFOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACTEricsson Corporate CommunicationsPhone: +46 10 719 69 92E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.comEricsson Investor RelationsPhone: +46 10 719 00 00E-mail: investor.relations@ericsson.com[1] www.un.org/en/ecosoc/about/mdg.shtml[2] www.ericsson.com/news/131030-smartphones-change-cities_244129226_cEricsson announces key collaborations to improve city life : http://hugin.info/1061/R/1744091/586829.pdf[HUG#1744091]

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