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PROJECTS & INITIATIVES
Sweden, as well as all European countries, has much to gain from being a leding Internet nation. The Internet is becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives – both at home and at work, not just in Sweden but everywhere in the world. To ensure we maintain a leading position, we need to fully understand our strengths and weaknesses in the field. In the IVA Internet Foresight project, we have identified Sweden’s strengths and looked at threats and opportunities. We have also defined the concept of a “leading Internet nation,” i.e. what is required in terms of infrastructure, usage, knowledge and leadership in order to be a leader in the field. The initiative’s objective is to both secure and advance Sweden’s positions with respect to the Internet of the future.
The project turn the small city in the northern part of Sweden, ”Skellefteå”, to a ”smart city” – connected with sensors to measure, monitor, communicate and more efficiently allocate resources to provides better services for the citizens and use energy more efficiently.
The project support local SME’s in cooperation with municipality and research in mobile systems at the university to developSmartCityproducts/services.
The project also develops a platform to manage collected sensor data and security, which will enable new and really smart services using combined data.
The project is mainly funded by EU regional development fund.