September 19, 2019
Making the World a Better Place with Wireless .
Leaders from around the world are gathering in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly—an opportunity for countries to find ways to collaborate on improving people’s lives. In 2015, the UN laid out plans for its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a blueprint for addressing the most pressing global challenges, from reducing poverty to improving education. Among those challenges lie big opportunities to use wireless technology to implement creative solutions. Let’s take a look at how wireless is helping people improve their lives around the globe.
Bringing technology to classrooms
In Kenya, Qualcomm partnered with local communities to create interactive mobile content from textbooks including quizzes, videos, songs, and games. Students can access the content on tablets and the in-school wireless network is powered by off-grid solar energy.
In some remote and less developed places, one of the best ways to get access to books and literary materials is through a mobile device since e-books are often low-cost and there is a large selection of texts available.
And in the United States, Verizon has helped teach students skills that will make them more competitive in a tech-dependent job market, which helps improve literacy rates and removes barriers to furthering a person’s education; while Sprint is working to bring mobile devices and wireless access to high school students who don’t have reliable internet access at home.
Improving crop productivity
Wireless can help get farmers the information they need to improve crop yields. Weather and crop monitoring through sensors that connect to wireless networks can help farmers adjust their irrigation and harvest plans, and all these inputs can help us improve food security around the world. Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid can provide farmers with weather and pest data that helps them mitigate risks and produce more food for their communities.
Making cities and communities more sustainable
Smart city innovations can help reduce energy use, cut emissions and improve public safety. These include technologies like smart streets and stoplights, autonomous vehicles and smart energy grids that help us reduce our energy use. AT&T’s Smart Cities Organization has partnered with cities across the country as well as local universities like Georgia Tech in Atlanta to evaluate how smart cities technologies address problems with innovative solutions.
Smart city technologies are poised to transform how people live in cities for the better, especially with the latency reductions and speed increases coming with the rollout of fifth generation (5G) wireless networks.
Connecting People and Places
In some parts of the world, wireless is the main way people connect to the internet. As of 2018, more than 7 billion people globally are covered by a mobile network. This wireless connection can help people to take advantage of services like mobile banking, pay-as-you-go energy and sharing economy apps. T-Mobile has partnered with the Ashoka Foundation to on the Changemaker Challenge, a contest for young social entrepreneurs to pitch ideas that drive social change.
Wireless is a powerful force for good around the world, and we look forward to seeing the innovative ways it can improve people’s lives in the global community.