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Ericsson unveils crowdsourcing platform to encourage cities to get networked

Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson has launched a crowdsourcing platform to map ICT-related initiatives in cities in Northern Europe and Central Asia.

The Get Your City Networked project, which includes 22 countries, aims to collect up-to-date and locally relevant information about the cities that will then serve as a tool for the company to explore further opportunities to get people and businesses connected.

The project encourages people to participate by sharing location-based information about the ways technologies are used in their cities and neighbourhoods.

Charlotta Sund, head of region Northern Europe and Central Asia, said: “ICT is a key enabler for cities to address the numerous challenges in a smarter manner by providing a variety of tools for people and business. Ericsson has a long track record of advocating the increasing importance of ICT in the development of society.

“This project encompasses our ambitious effort to collect location-based information about ICT-based initiatives implemented in the cities. We believe that the benefit of this interactive map will extend way beyond sharing the information; it will serve as a tool to explore ever-evolving opportunities associated with the connected world. Let’s map those opportunities, let’s get our cities networked.”

The Get Your City Networked project continues Ericsson’s Networked Society City Index which studied 31 world major cities globally to serve as a framework for measuring and correlating ICT maturity and sustainable urban development benefits of ICT in cities.

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