Ericsson Advises City Leaders to Get Connected, Crowd-Ready
Cities are also "engines of economic growth," it continues, on the second point of economic development. "ICT contributes to productivity, innovation, trade and economic growth in both developed and emerging economies. The impact of ICT goes well beyond the ICT sector itself, because of its spillover effects to the rest of the economy." At the NEST event, John Rossant, chairman of the New Cities Foundation, offered an example. "The issue of commuting costs the American economy up to $100 billion a year," he said. "If we could use smart networks and big data, maybe we could do some good." Miami-Dade County is already working on this, CIO Angel Petisco said during a presentation at the event, in which he described ICT-focused ways in which the county is working to address its traffic problems. They include incentivizing people to take public transportation, including with free WiFi, and partnering with local businesses that offer coupons and deals to those on public transportation, helping to better distribute people around the city.That said, ICT maturity has both positive and negative effects on the environment, but it can provide tools that raise people's environmental awareness and influence and change their behaviors. "Information technology-based solutions could in many ways be the foundation on which citizens' economic productivity and quality of life are maximized," said the report, "while resource consumption and pollution are minimized."
Regarding ICT's environmental impact, the Ericsson report calls cities "key players" in battling climate change, while pointing out that they have much to lose if the battle is lost.