Smart Society Infrastructure

In our part of the world, we strive for social cohesion, therefor we must build smart infrastructure, not only in the major cities but also in small villages and municipalities. In a smart society lives smart people in smart homes, they work in smart companies and in a smart public sector. Everything is connected and all parts of society are sharing data, making life easier and enabling the solving of old problems with new solutions.

In smart societies, multiple information and communication technology is integrated into local authorities, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services. Used wisely this makes living more convenient with less damage to the environment. The new technology can also improve quality, reduce cost and lower inefficiencies in public services.

Developing new services and connecting the current standalone systems will demand economic resources and hard work. There is an increasing need for cooperation between private and public sector. The public sector needs to be a driving force in the digital shift and encourage more innovation and be embrace new ways of delivering digital public services in new ways. Telia Company will provide reliable infrastructure for everyone to use. In our systems, we can gather, process and make data available to use in ways which respect citizens and their rights.

There is a need for swift and ambitious planning in public authorities and local communities to free all the untapped potential. Telia Company has an open offer of a free of charge consultation with any public authority wanting to take their services to next level.

Next steps…

  • All authorities and levels of government should as soon as possible develop a smart society strategy, including the digitalization of public services. National digitalization authorities must initiate and coordinate digital development in public sector to gain momentum and make the implementation of new technologies cost efficient and standardized.
  • Open the vast amount of public data to be used as an open source for research and development of new services.
  • Introduce innovative models for investment and financing of smart infrastructure and introduce incentives for smart citizens who connects their water meters, power meters, trashcans, heating systems and cars.