Ericsson gives sneak peek into connected future
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* During the Mobile World Congress in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, between
February 25-28, Ericsson will show what the Networked Society could look
like by 2020 and beyond using demos of 5G, the Connected Megacity and Window
* 5G for the Networked Society beyond 2020 - Ericsson's take on how to manage
50 billion connections in a sustainable and cost efficient way
* The Connected Megacity - a demo showing how ICT can increase safety,
creativity and sustainability in cities that by 2050 will be occupied by 70
percent of the world population
* Window of Opportunity - an exploration project where Ericsson tests the idea
of connecting glass to boost indoor coverage and enable services such as
automated blinds and cloud control for ventilation
5G for the Networked Society beyond 2020
What will the Networked Society look like by 2020 and beyond That's the
question that Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is actively researching and providing
possible answers to by developing the 5G concept.
Beyond 2020, mobile data volumes will be 1000 times higher and user data rates
will be up to 100 times faster than today. In the same time, there will be
between 10 to 100 times more connected devices.
Therefore, networks will need to be able to handle a massive amount of connected
devices and much more data traffic than today. All this needs to be done in a
low cost and sustainable way.
In order to cope with such challenges in the Networked Society, Ericsson is
working to identify new technologies, complementing the evolution of existing
technologies to enable even more efficient, scalable and versatile networks.
Examples include ultra-dense deployments for public indoor environments such as
libraries and universities where cloud services will be crucial in order to meet
Ericsson sees 5G as a way for users to enjoy the ultimate network experience.
5G is not one, or a few, completely new radio access technologies. Instead, by
adopting an experience-centric rather than technology-centric approach, it's
focusing on offering an ultimate experience by integrating multiple radio access
technologies fulfilling different needs.
With this demo, Ericsson takes visitors on a trip to the world in 2020 and
reveals how 5G will help to meet future challenges, fulfilling the communication
needs and enabling the long-term Networked Society.
The Connected Megacity
Another challenge is the increasing urbanization. By the year 2050, 70 percent
of the world's population will live in cities, compared to 50 percent today.
Many will live in the largest urban areas - the so called mega cities - and this
population boost will dramatically increase the need to manage social, economic
and environmental issues more efficiently and in a more sustainable way.
Ericsson views ICT and mobile technology as key to meeting these challenges and
critical for future infrastructure and city planning.
In the Connected Megacity demonstration, we bring the networked city to life and
highlight the benefits of collaborative and proactive practices. With focus on
technology enablers, we look into three main scenarios. The first one, the safe
city, illustrates how ICT solutions can ease traffic congestion after a car
accident has impacted on traffic movement.
The second scenario is the creative city and shows how ICT solutions can ensure
a quality network user experience for the audience even during densely populated
cultural or social events such as concerts. The third scenario, the greener
city, demonstrates a heatwave and how a city can manage such conditions by
taking advantage of smart grids.
These three demos show how patterns of behavior can be identified by analyzing
and combining feeds of data and situational knowledge stemming from these
Experts can then work with the results of the analysis to make intelligent and
contextual recommendations for different scenarios.
Window of Opportunity
Ericsson will also offer a sneak peek into an exploration project called Window
of Opportunity, in which Ericsson tests what happens when ordinary glass windows
get connected and act as connectors.
Ericsson will demonstrate how by using a transparent antenna, an ordinary window
could easily become part of the mobile broadband network, boosting indoor
coverage and providing a great mobile experience inside buildings or when taking
public transportation to work. By connecting the windows on a bus, for example,
the bus can become an extended office or a haven where you can unwind with
entertainment. Windows could be used as a whiteboard that capture what you have
written and e-mails you the notes and much more.
Connected windows offer a spectrum of new and exciting possibilities such as
automated blinds and cloud control for ventilation, lights, and more, benefiting
people, businesses and society. The connected window also presents opportunities
to reduce a building's energy consumption. And by adding transparent solar cells
to produce electricity, these applications can power themselves and deliver
excess energy into the smart grid.
During Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Ericsson showcases its combined
technology and services leadership for the Information and Communications
Technology industry. Our solutions deliver superior network performance in the
field, enable complete customer experience management, simplify and automate
operations workflows thereby leading to operational excellence. We show how the
Networked Society comes to life - what it will mean for the industry and how it
will enable our customers to capture growth opportunities.
NOTES TO EDITORS
City index 1-3:
City Index interactive tool:
The three ages of Megacities:
Window of Opportunity - photos, video and more information:
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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology and
services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time
solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in
sustainable societies around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information
and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today
more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson
networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion
We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in
1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's net
sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ
OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.
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