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Browse a selection of projects from GeSI member companies that illustrate the potential impact of digital solutions on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Microsoft

Amount of time patients spent on waiting lists for specialist advice reduced through teleconsultations

Project description

Silesian Center for heart Diseases (SCCS) is one of the leading medical centers in Poland specialized in diagnosing and treating heart defects in children and adults. SCCS needed a solution to help increase productivity of the organization and to facilitate a greater patient turnover, and installed Skype for business in the hospital to better facilitate communication between primary care and cardiac specialists.

Impact description

Skype for business created the capability of teleconsultation between primary care and cardiac physicians, reducing the time between diagnoses and starting proper treatment. Skype integration with email made it easier to arrange appointments, transfer documentation, X-rays and medical images, thus reducing wait time for appointments.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Poland

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AT&T

AT&T Aspire: Using the network power to improve education

Project description

This philanthropic initiative drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships – to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. By investing in new tools and solutions that leverage its unique technologies and capabilities, AT&T enables personalized and mobilized learning for students of all ages and backgrounds.

Impact description

AT&T has committed to the achievement of the U.S. graduation rate goal of 90% by 2020 through the Grad Nation movement. Graduation rates reached a record high of 82.3 percent for the class of 2014. The initiative has impacted more than 160k underserved students through 1 million hours of mentoring through employees.

Goals addressed

Goal 4

Target countries

United States

Deutsche Telekom AG

B2B Cloud Solutions for SMEs

Project description

B2B Cloud Solutions for SMEs by Deutsche Telekom comprise several services to support businesses to virtualize their internal processes and management tools. The execution of on-site email, customer relationship management tools and application software for collaborative work could all be moved to the cloud.

Impact description

Shifting services to the cloud increases the utilization of server infrastructure and improves data centre efficiency for more sustainable business performance, for example by reducing CO2 emissions. SMEs could save up to 9% of their annual electricity cost and 1% of their annual CO2 emissions. On a societal level, CO2 emissions could be reduced by 9% between 2015-2020.

Goals addressed

Goal 8 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Europe

South Africa

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Telenor Group

Bridging the gender gap in India

Project description

In India, women are less likely than men to own a mobile phone. Telenor’s project Sampark in India aims to bridge the mobile usage gender gap in rural India and address the cultural barriers to women’s access to mobile – as well as creating work opportunities for women. Telenor India reaches out to prospective customers in the remote towns through female promoters. These promoters ensure that mobile services are made available to women by offering a dual SIM pack which provides incentives to the male in the family each time the woman’s SIM is recharged.

Impact description

This initiative aims to increase women’s access to the use of mobile phones and to promote solutions towards women’s barriers to mobile usage.

Goals addressed

Goal 5

Target countries

India

Deutsche Telekom AG

Budapest Bike promotes sustainable urban mobility

Project description

In Hungary, T-Systems offers “Budapest Bike”, a city bike-sharing system that includes an online and mobile booking system, as well as an included ICT-supported operating (e.g. surveillance and maintenance) system. The system includes 1,200 bikes with lock-unlock with onboard unit (SIM/GPS), 2,100 docking elements, and 100 stations with solar-powered payment machines. Each bike is equipped with GPS tracking systems.

Impact description

The initiative fosters sustainability through less CO2 (less travel with car) and utilization of renewable energy through solar cells for docking stations. Secure and safe solution with GPS tracking decreases operating costs.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

Hungary

Germany

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Central management system improves efficiency of public transportation in Germany

Project description

T-Systems has created a powerful, central public transport management system, with the option of migrating to a cloud service. It is used, for example, by the companies responsible for public transportation in and around the cities of Dortmund, Bochum, and Herne, an alliance known as KÖR. Together, they serve more than 297.1 million passengers every year. The T-Systems transport management system enables enhanced visibility and greater automation, delivering benefits for passengers, drivers, and the entire transport organization.

Impact description

This solution leads to lower operating costs thanks to a single, central platform and more efficient staff deployment (tasks can be shared among members of KÖR), improved vehicle occupancy, enhanced image and improved quality of life through better transportation flows and less car traffic, and reduced CO2 emissions reduction through less private transport. Enhanced visibility and greater automation mean benefits for passengers, drivers, and dispatchers.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 10 Goal 11 Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

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Microsoft

CJIS compliant cloud storage of law enforcement body camera data

Project description

VIEVU, a body camera company serving law enforcement agencies, partnered with Microsoft to implement a secure data storage solution using the Microsoft Azure Government cloud platform that complies with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).

Impact description

Law enforcement agencies have seen reductions in use-of-force incidents by as much as 70% with the use of body cameras. The Microsoft cloud storage solution increases the practicability of increased quality of policing and lowers the cost of maintaining a body camera system for law enforcement agencies by reducing the onsite data storage needs and the IT support needed to maintain the data.

Goals addressed

Goal 16

Target countries

United States

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Microsoft

Cloud enables AccuWeather to respond to billions of data requests per day

Project description

In April 2012, AccuWeather migrated their application programing interface from on-premise datacenter servers to Microsoft’s Azure and Dynamics CRM Cloud services, allowing them to upscale and expand their data service capabilities from 4 billion to 12 billion data requests per day, and providing increasingly relevant, real-time, lifesaving weather information to far more people worldwide and at a greater speed.

Impact description

In addition to millions of individuals, AccuWeather serves 1,700 media clients and thousands of organizations worldwide. Processing of user demand information dropped from 4 days to 40 minutes. AccuWeather can now provide on-demand scalability forecasting and turn it off when not needed, and via mobile apps is able to provide weather data to people who never had it before, such as farmers in developing countries.

Goals addressed

Goal 13

Target countries

Global

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Nokia

Connected cars: A use case for Mobile Edge Computing

Project description

In 2015, Nokia and its partners demonstrated for the first time in the world in an operator’s live LTE network how Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) can be used for car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications. Vehicles connected via the distributed cloudlets based on Nokia’s Mobile Edge Computing platform receive information such as warnings from other vehicles almost in real time, which is particularly important for traffic safety applications.

Impact description

Millions of people are injured in traffic accidents every year. In 90% of these incidents, the cause is human error. Connected cars can improve road safety, but they need ultra-low latency for communications. MEC is an enabler for optimized infrastructure investments and the first step towards 5G and autonomous driving.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Global

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Ericsson

Connected buses in Curitiba, Brazil

Project description

Curitiba was the first city in the world to connect public buses to a mobile-broadband network. A connected public-transport system makes for more efficient fuel usage and a corresponding reduction in CO2e emissions. Earlier studies on the bus system have shown that people will be attracted to public rather than private travel when provided with a more reliable bus service.

Impact description

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system adopted in Curitiba is used for 70 per cent of all types of public and private commuting, produces approximately 200,000 tonnes of direct CO2 emissions per year compared with 1,500,000 tonnes related to annual car travel in the city. The ICT portion of the BRT system adds about 500 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Goals addressed

Goal 13

Target countries

Brazil

BT

Connecting Africa: Free broadband internet access for improved education, healthcare and other services

Project description

BT has partnered with SOS Children’s Villages, an international charity that focuses on children at risk, and launched Connecting Africa in 2013. Using satellite technology, BT has brought free broadband internet access to 30 sub-Saharan villages in 13 countries and transformed classrooms, clinics and communities.

Impact description

Partnering with SOS Children’s Villages, BT has connected nearly 145,000 people across Africa since 2013. These satellite connections offer access to better education (such as the 34,000 children reached through Open Source Learning in Kenya), facilitates a bespoke healthcare management system, benefitting 100,000 people in the surrounding communities (doctors spending more time with patients, quicker diagnoses based on patients' symptoms, improved management of medical stock and finances, safe storage of medical records and lower running costs) and other services.

Goals addressed

Goal 1 Goal 3 Goal 4 Goal 9 Goal 11 Goal 17

Target countries

Benin

Burundi

Cameroon

Djibouti

DR Congo

Gambia

Guinea Bissau

Mali

RCA Central African Republic

Sierra Leone

Somaliland

Swaziland

Uganda

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Corporate Sustainability with WeSustain

Project description

With the WeSustain from T-Systems, sustainability activities can be managed, measured and communicated with point-and-click simplicity. Moreover, big data analytics solutions can be deployed to measure corporate sustainability, and to make it transparent for all stakeholders in line with applicable standards. Employees and external stakeholders such as suppliers, the media, NGOs, consumers and customers can be integrated. Hence, enterprises gain significant competitive advantage.

Impact description

The benefits include less CO2 emissions through the deployment of less hardware, lower power consumption, elimination of paper through digitization, elimination or reduction of business travel; saving time by speeding up data capture, reporting and collaboration across the enterprise; and cost efficiency due to the software-as-a-service approach. Furthermore, greater visibility into and monitoring of corporate sustainability practices leads to an enhanced corporate image, greater customer and employee loyalty.

Goals addressed

Goal 6 Goal 7 Goal 9 Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Austria

Switzerland

Global

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Samsung Electronics Europe

Digital Academies help tackle digital skills gap in Europe

Project description

Samsung’s offer 16-24 year olds access to smart technology, ICT training and employability programmes to help them transition from education to work. Across Europe, the Digital Academies offer a range of courses from app design to engineering and networking support. Samsung provides access to technology, advises on the course development and, where necessary, supports refurbishment of the learning space within the university or college.

Impact description

Since 2013, 48 Digital Academy initiatives have been set up and over 6,000 students have attended courses. Key outcomes have included the following: 45% of students secured work, apprenticeship or work experience before the end of their course; 1 in 4 students went on to further study; 3 out of 4 students felt they were given opportunities they would not have otherwise had.

Goals addressed

Goal 8

Target countries

Europe

Microsoft

Dutch youth care organization enhances client services and reduces costs with cloud-based solution

Project description

When the Netherlands chose to decentralize its youth care system and transfer responsibility to municipalities—while reducing youth care budgets—community agencies faced a challenge. Parlan met this challenge by working with IT firm Winvision to develop WinCare, a mobile, cloud-based solution using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 for managing client data that facilitates greater client engagement, cost savings, and better client outcomes.

Impact description

WinCare enables community-based caregiving with a single system that multiple care-givers can use. In addition, Parlan is using WinCare to realize operational efficiencies that make it possible to absorb budget cuts without compromising service quality. Employees are able to do their jobs more efficiently, and as a result, they have more time to spend on family visits and Parlan can help more children without increasing staff.

Goals addressed

Goal 1 Goal 3

Target countries

The Netherlands

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Dynamic Workplace

Project description

Dynamic Workplace is a user-friendly IT workplace allowing access to virtually any application through a simple web browser, compatible with any type of device (e.g. desktop pc, notebook, tablet, smartphone). It is delivered in a secure fashion from the T-Systems private cloud.

Impact description

Dynamic Workplace offers benefits for employees and B2B clients. For employees, this includes reduced commuting time and cost savings of €271/year, as well as an additional 56 hours freed up for more productive and enjoyable use. For B2B clients, a cost savings of €15 million and a CO2 emissions reduction of 16,000 tons of CO2 emissions can be achieved per year for a company with 35,000 employees.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 8 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Spain

Sweden

Slovakia

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Ericsson

Easypaisa paves way for the unbanked in Pakistan

Project description

Launched in 2009 by Telenor Pakistan in collaboration with Tameer Microfinance Bank, Easypaisa is Pakistan’s first and largest branchless banking solution and one of the largest mobile money deployments globally with more than 21 million active consumers. The initiative aims to greatly expand financial inclusion, as only 15 percent of Pakistan’s population are reported to have a bank account. In May 2016, Easypaisa announced it is deploying Ericsson Wallet Platform to replace its existing platform.

Impact description

With over 75,000 merchants in over 800 cities throughout the region including rural areas, Easypaisa is providing numerous employment opportunities, while enabling people to send and receive money in a secure, efficient and convenient way. Easypaisa is also collaborating with Nestlé Pakistan in providing financial access to thousands of Pakistani dairy farmers to make disbursement of milk collection payments swift, easy, and transparent.

Goals addressed

Goal 8

Target countries

Pakistan

Deutsche Telekom AG

“ECO-drive” helps drivers to reduce fuel consumption and related carbon emissions

Project description

The ECO-drive solution is based on an app developed by T-Systems, which can be run with a simple smartphone or tablet under IOS or Android. It works as follows: an OEM-neutral, mobile device transfers the position data of a car, a truck or any other means of transportation in real time to a central server. The central platform analyzes the data, enriches them and calculates parameters as vehicle pay load, carbon emissions, fuel consumption, position, altitude, incline and downhill grade. The data are transferred in easy behavioral signals (traffic light function) that help the drivers to reduce fuel consumption and related carbon emissions. Each single drive is visualized based on Google Maps.

Impact description

The fuel and carbon emission reductions of 4-15% have been realized in field trials. The average savings was 9%. The full use potential of this solution is around 1% of the global emissions.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

China

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Ericsson

Energy-smart homes in Stockholm Royal Seaport

Project description

Ericsson is part of a consortium of companies involved a smart energy housing project of 150 new apartments at the Stockholm Royal Seaport launched in 2015. The consortium also includes Fortum, ABB, Electrolux and the Swedish Energy Agency and NCC, Erik Wallin and HEBA.

Impact description

The homes will be equipped with state-of-the-art energy technologies and connected appliances, so residents can monitor and control energy usage in real time. The aim is to develop smarter ways to use energy and reduce the total amount required.

Goals addressed

Goal 7 Goal 13

Target countries

Sweden

Microsoft

Enhanced security of elections enabled through Office 365

Project description

The Ivorian Commission Electorale Independante (CEI) (Independent Electoral Commission) deployed Microsoft Office 365 to achieve greater security and more mobility during elections. On top of this, they are now able to keep track of events in real time and comment on election developments instantly, have considerably more document storage space, and are able to communicate much more easily with colleagues around the country with greater security.

Impact description

The nature of CEI’s work is highly sensitive, so they needed a secure software solution that would enable them to share information safely. After implementation of Office 365, the CEI reported improved security, greater flexibility in day-to-day operations and increased mobility.

Goals addressed

Goal 16

Target countries

Côte d'Ivoire

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Ericsson

Expanding access to quality education with Connect to Learn

Project description

Connect To Learn (CTL) is a partnership of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Ericsson and Millennium Promise that enables access to quality instructional and learning resources through innovative teaching practices and technology tools in schools. Founded in 2010, CTL initially deployed technology solutions in remote schools with few existing educational resources. Recent efforts have focused on cloud-based solutions that remove the complexities of virus protection, software updates, application installation and maintenance.

Impact description

In total 70,000 students are reached by CTL. The largest project to date, funded by Ericsson and the UK’s Department for International Development, is a partnership in Myanmar that includes Ericsson, UNESCO, the Earth Institute, the Myanmar Ministry of Education, Qualcomm, FinjaFive and EduEval. The program is being implemented in 31 schools.

Goals addressed

Goal 4 Goal 5

Target countries

Myanmar

Microsoft

Ground-breaking service for millions with emotional and psychological problems is launched from the cloud

Project description

Shezlong, an Egypt-based, start-up company, looks to offer online psychotherapy for millions of sufferers within the country and the Middle East using Microsoft Azure, a fully scalable, secure and accessible cloud-based platform. Shezlong is trying to fill this service gap by offering online treatment from qualified psychotherapists. The online nature of this service helps overcome cultural barriers and social stigma typically associated with seeking and receiving treatment.

Impact description

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are approximately 1.7 billion people in the world suffering from a range of mental health conditions. The WHO believes there are 23 million people suffering from these and similar conditions in Egypt alone. However, one of the factors preventing people from receiving treatments are cultural values and social stigma. A secure and accessible on-line platform helps to overcome cultural and social barriers to obtaining treatment from qualified psychotherapists.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Middle East

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Microsoft

Healthcare firm speeds time-to-market, cuts costs, and improves patient care with Microsoft Azure

Project description

Care Innovations provides remote care management solutions that help people with chronic conditions live more independently while reducing healthcare costs. By migrating to the Microsoft Azure platform, the Care Innovations healthcare firm has the scale and flexibility it needs to offer its life-enhancing solutions worldwide, speed time-to-market, and save money for itself and its customers.

Impact description

Care Innovations monitors approximately 50 facilities and 4,000 residence rooms creating healthcare technologies that foster healthy independent living at home and in senior housing. With Azure, they now have increased flexibility building and deploying software and can quickly and securely set up accounts for developers working in virtually any location. Care Innovations estimates that by implementing Azure solutions, they can save more than 50 percent over the cost of a product based on proprietary devices. Labor hours and dollars previously spent on maintaining hardware are also saved.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Global

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Health Kiosk provides personalized advice through video conferencing

Project description

“Health Kiosk” is a decentralized, partially automated cloud-based medical care system in which patients receive personalized advice anytime, anywhere through video conferencing with doctors, ICT-supported examinations, integration of mobile devices and ePayment systems. This e-Health solution materializes the benefits of digitization for patients and health care personnel and is an answer to the challenges posed by rising costs of health care systems and shortage of doctors.

Impact description

By 2030, there will be a shortage of 111,000 doctors in Germany, mainly in rural areas. “Health kiosk” counterbalances this trend by providing better access for patients living in rural areas, increasing the overall health of rural population; doctors are allocated in the best possible way in rural areas; and overall cost savings and efficiency increases in the health system. Furthermore, the solution leads to decreasing CO2 emissions because travelling to the far-away doctor is not needed for every consultation.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 8 Goal 9 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Microsoft

Helsinki cuts bus system fuel use and offers improved transport

Project description

The city of Helsinki, Finland, relies on a strong public transportation system to help residents and visitors get to where they need to go. City-owned bus system Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy (HelB) competes with private bus operators for city routes, so it needs to find ways to stay competitive.. Working with Microsoft and CGI, HelB expanded the company’s data warehouse solution to collect and analyze data from bus sensors to reduce fuel consumption, improve driver performance, and make bus rides smoother and safer.

Impact description

A careful analysis of the bus sensor data has brought HelB numerous benefits since the solution deployment: Overall fuel consumption across the bus fleet is down by 5 percent, helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint; customer satisfaction among HelB riders has increased by 7 percent, based on biannual surveys conducted by the city; and sensor data about fuel consumption and engine temperature helps HelB identify vehicles that are developing mechanical problems to proactively address issues.

Goals addressed

Goal 11 Goal 13

Target countries

Finland

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Deutsche Telekom AG

High-Speed Broadband brings multiple benefits

Project description

Broadband internet means high-speed internet connection and Telekom is currently moving ahead with the expansion of ultra-fast broadband connections across Germany and throughout Europe. Innovative technologies are helping to close the gaps on the broadband coverage map, with special attention to integrating rural areas as well as providing high quality connections for mobile users.

Impact description

A bandwidth of at least 50 MB/sec provides the basic infrastructure of data highways for the information-based economy of the 21st century. Extending high-speed internet can reduce carbon emissions by 19.15 million tons (2012 -2020 cumulated), increase GDP by €47 billion, create 162,000 additional employment opportunities, provide e-learning to 556,000 additional students, and lead to 3.8 million fewer sick days (2015-2020 cumulated).

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 4 Goal 8 Goal 9 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Europe

United States

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Microsoft

ImagineCare platform puts people at the center of the healthcare system

Project description

ImagineCare is a collaboration between Microsoft and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Cortana Intelligence, ImagineCare creates a continuous 360-degree view of overall patient health from evidence-based care pathways, fed by wearable and home sensors, behavioral health assessments and sensing, and ongoing health risk assessments.

Impact description

Positive impacts include healthier people who are more in control of their own well-being, receiving proactive care at home. Physicians receive data to provide personal, optimal care. And a sustainable system that delivers personal care at the best possible cost, through massive amounts of real-time data while focused on the individual.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

United States

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Nokia

Improving community resilience to extreme weather and promoting public safety

Project description

Nokia’s compact, rapidly deployable LTE network-in-a-box enables vital public safety communications to be implemented at emergency scenes where wide area network coverage is not available. Another solution, Nokia’s life-saving emergency alert system, can be used to deliver potentially life-saving messages to mobile subscribers in specified areas by warning of dangerous natural disasters or other emergencies.

Impact description

As part of Nokia’s cooperation with Save the Children, to help protect children and their communities in 350 villages in India, Nokia will provide its LTE-based network-in-a-box solution for public safety mobile broadband in six of these villages. Nokia’s life-saving emergency alert system has delivered more than 10 million messages covering over 1,000 emergencies in one country.

Goals addressed

Goal 11

Target countries

India

Global

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Microsoft

India-wide skills-matching and payments solution helps 128 million laborers find work

Project description

India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act of 2005 promised 100 days of paid employment each year to adults in every household across the country by 2008. To implement this program, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) needed a system to match each citizen’s request with a works project nearby, track the activity, and make payments. Today, MoRD uses NREGASoft, an online application developed using Microsoft .NET Framework, SQL Server and Windows to help 128 million unskilled laborers find work on local projects each year.

Impact description

Officials have also relied on the system to help them manage, staff, and finance a total of 14.6 million projects. The ability to keep upgrading and expanding NREGASoft has proved a critical feature of its success. As of June 2015, NREGASoft is operational in 31 states across India and 599 districts, reaching 604,302 villages. This equates to 92.5 percent coverage.

Goals addressed

Goal 1 Goal 8 Goal 13

Target countries

India

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Ericsson

Integrated Urban Transport in Varna, Bulgaria

Project description

In January 2016, Varna, the third-largest city in Bulgaria, launched an ambitious project for the modernization of its urban public transport system. This Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), being implemented by Ericsson, supports better bus flow and speed with lower fuel consumption, but also discourages the use of private cars in the city center.

Impact description

The ITS designed to improve the quality and availability of transportation services; reduce traffic jams and increase the capacity and speed of public urban transport, while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing bus routes. In addition, it will provide real-time financial management and control of ticketing revenue; the ability to offer new innovative ticketing plans and the safety of public transport.

Goals addressed

Goal 13

Target countries

Bulgaria

Deutsche Telekom AG

Integrated SCM-solution for electronic warehouse logistics

Project description

T-Systems has developed a one-stop integrated supply chain management solution for electronic warehouse logistics. The solution has been implemented at the Brau Union brewery in Austria. The solution ensures the intelligent warehouse based on efficient, eco-friendly supply chain management.

Impact description

The end-to-end solution from T-Systems has completely replaced the former paper-based system. It helps Brau Union to produce greater quantities and also to efficiently organize the storage of a much wider range of products. At the same time, it contributes to the fulfillment of environmental objectives, such as a 15-percent reduction in CO2 emissions due to lower forklift mileage and 20 percent fewer empty runs.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

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AT&T

It Can Wait campaign helps prevent smartphone driving distractions

Project description

Since 2009, AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign has shared a simple message: Keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone. The campaign has evolved as smartphone driving distractions have grown beyond texting to social media, web surfing, selfies and video chatting. The multi-year pledge campaign has raised awareness about this critical issue and encouraged people to take action to prevent distracted driving, including downloading the DriveMode app.

Impact description

Over 8 million pledges and 3.5 million downloads of the AT&T DriveMode app. Research on crash data from departments of transportation in Texas, Kentucky and other states suggests a correlation between It Can Wait campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

United States

Mexico

Microsoft

Keeping citizens informed and engaged regarding responsible water usage with Windows app

Project description

Singapore has built a robust, diversified and sustainable water supply from four different sources known as the country’s Four National Taps. For Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, however, supply is only half of the equation, as managing demand for water is as important. PUB has therefore engaged in information campaigns and other initiatives that aim to instill the importance of wise water usage among constituents using a Windows app.

Impact description

PUB has developed a mobile and desktop application called MyWaters, which it distributes across different platforms including Windows Phone and Windows to provide seamless, up-to-date information regarding the wise water usage and interact with users wherever they are located.

Goals addressed

Goal 11 Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

Singapore

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OTE

Machine-to-machine (M2M) connections improve energy efficiency and electricity distribution

Project description

This project concerns the installation and activation of M2M connections on behalf of the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO). Services provided include monitoring of each installed M2M connection in real time, receipt of alerts (via SMS text messages or e -mail) for changes in the operational status, detailed information on consumption per M2M connection, and notices if the use exceeds a predetermined threshold, among other things.

Impact description

Eighty-eight thousand M2M connections have already been installed and activated. Through these connections, HEDNO improves energy and economic efficiency, and increases the reliability of electricity distribution.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 13

Target countries

Greece

Ericsson

Making healthcare more efficient in Croatia with ICT

Project description

Connecting 2,400 primary healthcare teams in the 20 counties and Croatian capital of Zagreb, the Healthcare Networking Information System provides electronic reporting and booking, updates patient records, and digitalizes prescriptions and referrals, so they can be sent to pharmacies, hospitals and laboratories without the need for printouts.

Impact description

The e-health system has met government aims of higher quality of healthcare. Beside strict data security, the system offers real-time accessibility to top-quality information for all users, significant cost savings, and more efficient use of human resources. A lifecycle assessment of the system conducted by Ericsson found that taken together, the e-referral and e-prescription services have the potential to reduce CO2e emissions by up to 15,000 tonnes per year.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Croatia

Deutsche Telekom AG

Medical Aid Online Platform for medical aids (with insurance company BARMER GEK)

Project description

Through the online Medical Aid Online Platform, T-Systems helps medical insurance companies to manage the very complex and cost-intensive process for providing medical aids. Currently the medical aids management process comprises many steps. Since there is a lack of automation when coordinating activities with suppliers and other service providers, patients have to wait several days for medical aids to arrive. The online platform offers end-to-end electronic support for the rapid supply of medical aids to patients, with seamless integration of all key stakeholders.

Impact description

This solution leads to reduced transaction costs through digitization of the entire medical-aid management process; a rapid turnaround time, since the process is entirely digital, with seamless integration of all key stakeholders; efficient (re-)use of medical aids saving resources; greater patient satisfaction thanks to streamlined process from request submission to actual supply, medical aids delivered in hours.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 9 Goal 10 Goal 12

Target countries

Germany

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Deutsche Telekom AG

MICC: Mobile Information & Communication Center brings the city hall to the citizens

Project description

The Mobile Service Center idea was developed by Kiru and supported by technology from T-Systems. The ICT solution provided is a Mobile Information & Communication Center is the size of a suitcase and is equipped with direct access to government services & processes. The solution is linked with secured connectivity and data transfer to the data center allowing services to be taken care of that would have otherwise been cleared at the city hall.

Impact description

Tight budgets are leading to the closure of smaller service centers in rural areas. This ICT solution puts local government services on the road. Citizens in rural areas can just visit a local school or care home or drop by a van to take advantage of services without traveling to the next town. This means that the city can do without service center premises and still provide services where the citizens need them. People do not need to spend time travelling to the city and hence save CO2 emissions.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 11 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

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Ericsson

Modelo Perú: Driving financial inclusion in Peru

Project description

ASBANC, Peru’s National Bank Association, has launched Modelo Perú, an initiative aimed at accelerating the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth. With some 34 financial institutions and three mobile network operators sharing one mobile money platform, ASBANC wants to provide easy-to-use, secure, next-generation mobile financial services. In 2015, Ericsson was selected to implement the technology platform and provide operational and business services.

Impact description

The goal is to reach 2.1 million underserved Peruvians, about 7 per cent of the total population, within five years, especially those without access to traditional banking services.

Goals addressed

Goal 8

Target countries

Peru

Nokia

Monitoring water availability in drought-prone regions

Project description

Together with Oxfam, Nokia is piloting a web-based system to monitor water availability in drought-prone regions of Ethiopia and Kenya. This system provides real-time information to quickly identify the early onset of drought, enabling response efforts to be mobilized before the situation reaches a crisis point.

Impact description

Over 1,000 water points across Kenya and Ethiopia were monitored and mapped in 2015, with a further 56 strategic water points identified to be incorporated into the project.

Goals addressed

Goal 6

Target countries

Kenya

Ethiopia

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Deutsche Telekom AG

My City – Urban Development App

Project description

Citizens protest because large-scale publically funded projects often exceed the budget and timeframe. Additionally citizen participation is an after-thought instead of an integral part of the project from the start. My City makes urban planning transparent and interactive for citizens. Hence citizens can identify more with urban planning processes. Decision making (e.g. urban planning with augmented reality or voicing opinions, voting and commenting) is possible on the move and at the project site.

Impact description

This solution accelerates processes through digitization and collaborative urban planning saving costs, ensures greater legitimation through citizen participation and targeted spending of public money, and improves citizen satisfaction thanks to dialog with authorities and local government representatives.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 10 Goal 11 Goal 15

Target countries

Germany

Microsoft

National flood data centralized in the cloud

Project description

Researchers from the University of Texas partnered with other researchers, federal agencies, commercial partners, and first responders to create the National Flood Interoperability Experiment (NFIE). Researchers and other partners used Microsoft Azure to help build a prototype for a national flood data-modeling and mapping system with the potential to provide life- and cost-saving information to the public.

Impact description

Floods claim the lives and cost citizens of the United States more money than any other type of national disaster. Texas leads the country in flood deaths with 84 victims since 2007. More detailed information has the potential to increase real-time responsiveness in order to improve public safety and save lives.

Goals addressed

Goal 11 Goal 13

Target countries

United States

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Ericsson & TeliaSonera

National study examines environmental impact of ICT in Sweden

Project description

In 2014, a national-level study of the lifecycle environmental impact of ICT was published with mobile operator TeliaSonera and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. This unique study was based on available statistical data from 2010.

Impact description

Results show that the ICT sector in Sweden consumed about 4,600 gigawatt hours of electricity in 2010. The total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the ICT sector in Sweden amounted to approximately 1.5 megatons of CO2 equivalent, corresponding to 1.2 per cent of total Swedish GHG emissions.

Goals addressed

Goal 7

Target countries

Sweden

OTE

National Telemedicine Network connects health centers in the Aegean islands

Project description

Health centers in the Aegean islands are connected to central hospitals in Athens and other regions through the “SYZEFXIS” public network. The project was implemented on behalf of the 2nd Regional Healthcare Administration of Pireaus & the Aegean Islands. With the use of specially designed facilities, residents and visitors to these islands are guaranteed tele-medical services in real time. This eliminates the need for transportation to large hospitals, reducing unnecessary medical risk, emergency transportation by sea or air.

Impact description

Two hundred and fifty doctors have already completed their training, while tele-consultation and tele-education services are already on offer, and 43 telemedicine units are already in operation.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 13

Target countries

Greece

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AT&T

Network solutions for smart water management

Project description

HydroPoint is the proven leader in 360° smart water management solutions targeting the area of greatest waste in urban water use, landscape irrigation. It decided to use an Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine solution to connect irrigation control points and sensors to its system for analyzing climate and determining water needs. The company chose AT&T to provide the wireless network, customized network access and a self-service management platform to support the data transport requirements.

Impact description

In a single year, HydroPoint’s WeatherTRAK customers cut 15 billion gallons of water, $137 million in expenses, hundreds of thousands of man hours, and 62 million kilowatt hours of energy, illustrating that 360° smart water management makes for smart organizations.

Goals addressed

Goal 6

Target countries

United States

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Verizon

Networkfleet by Verizon Telematics Enables Efficient and Effective Fleet Management

Project description

Verizon Networkfleet gives fleet managers GPS and engine-performance information on each of their cars and trucks, helping them plan more efficient routes, improve maintenance and foresee mechanical breakdowns – saving time, mileage, and fuel.

Impact description

Networkfleet has tracked 23 billion miles driven, collects 384 million data points daily, and has sent 34 million diagnostic alerts. The Arkansas State Highway Transportation Department equipped 2,500 of their vehicles with Networkfleet, and saved nearly $500,000 in fuel expenses the first year. Dispatchers were soon directing vehicles to emergency situations faster, and by providing precise GPS locations, Networkfleet made it easier for police to recover stolen vehicles.

Goals addressed

Goal 12

Target countries

United States

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Nokia

Nokia FastMile: Connecting the unconnected

Project description

Nokia FastMile is designed to overcome missing broadband connectivity by bringing much needed high-speed broadband to the citizens of unconnected areas.

Impact description

According to the latest International Telecom Union ICT Facts and Figures, 20% of households in developed countries and as much as 66% of households in developing countries do not have internet access, leaving more than 4 billion people from developing countries offline. Nokia FastMile delivers good quality broadband faster and it’s also cheaper than fixed solutions in areas where copper or optical connectivity is not available.

Goals addressed

Goal 9

Target countries

Global

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Microsoft

Nonprofit delivers healthcare and hope to marginalized patients by using cloud services

Project description

Partners in Health (PIH), which provides healthcare services to underserved regions around the world, wanted to allocate more of its scarce resources to enacting its mission and enable reliable worldwide communication and collaboration. PIH replaced its incompatible emails systems with cost-effective Microsoft Office 365 and Azure cloud services to enable virtual teams, working from jungles in Africa to the mountains of Mexico and remote villages in Russia to give hope to those in need.

Impact description

Deploying Microsoft Office 365 to 16,000 employees worldwide gave clinicians and caregivers global email service, a standardized collaboration platform, Skype for instant messaging and presence, SharePoint Online for building capacity in the field, document management and workflow solutions. This allowed employees to share and store consistent documentation and information on a secured server, anywhere, anytime when working on critical issues such as Ebola virus and clean water in remote areas.

Goals addressed

Goal 1 Goal 3

Target countries

Global

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Online archiving and workflow solution for insurance provider

Project description

T-Systems offers an online solution for health insurance provider, namely an electronic archiving and workflow solution for personnel and increased access and transparency for customers. This e-Health solution materializes the benefits of digitization for patients and health care personnel, and is an answer to the challenges posed by rising costs of health care systems and shortage of doctors.

Impact description

By 2030, there will be a shortage of 111,000 doctors in Germany, mainly in rural areas. The benefits of this solution can be felt by the customers and insurance personnel (i.e. access to data, lower insurance premiums, secure data exchange, and greater transparency), as well as companies (cost savings, reduced CEO2 through fewer printed documents, greater efficiency, and lower induction costs for new employees).

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 8 Goal 9 Goal 13

Target countries

Switzerland

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Microsoft

Primary school’s energy management transformed by cloud-based insights

Project description

The Peirce School in Arlington, Massachusetts consolidated its summer school operations into one building and purchased a new chiller for the facility. The school used the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform to host its Fault Detection and Diagnostics technology (FDD) from ICONICS, building a system to monitor heating and cooling equipment.

Impact description

With instant access to the data from the FDD, an error in the chiller’s bandwidth was identified, thus prolonging the chiller lifespan by one third. Pinpointing problems reduced malfunction searches by 20%. Natural gas consumption for the school is down roughly 20% from previous year.

Goals addressed

Goal 11 Goal 13

Target countries

United States

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Microsoft

Proactive patient care through the easy to use nGage platform

Project description

Physicians can provide proactive care through the nGage Patient Relationship Management Platform. Patients can enter data through a patient portal or connect their mobile health devices to provide physicians with exercise, sleep, and dietary information. The data provides physicians with insights into the health issues affecting their entire patient population.

Impact description

The nGage Patient Relationship Management Platform, using Microsoft Azure, provides physicians with a population health dashboard to spot trends across all their patients and quickly communicate with and identify specific patients that require intervention.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

United States

United Kingdom

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Ericsson

Providing connectivity as a service in Benin

Project description

In Benin, Ericsson is implementing a solution called Managed Rural Coverage whereby operators can provide mobile coverage for a set period according to service level agreements and defined key performance indicators. Access is provided via low-power consumption Ericsson radio base stations running on solar energy to avoid the high costs and emissions associated with diesel generators. Transmission is provided via satellite to avoid the high costs and civil works associated with building a microwave backhaul network in remote villages.

Impact description

Managed Rural Coverage represents a new business model that makes it possible provide mobile coverage to areas most in need, such as remote areas of Benin where people have to survive on less than two dollars a day. With mobile connectivity, the people of Benin will benefit from increased access to information and services that support health, education and small businesses.

Goals addressed

Goal 9

Target countries

Benin

Deutsche Telekom AG

The public sector multi-functional PC assists police

Project description

Deutsche Telekom is supporting the police in a new framework for police work. A public sector multi-functional PC has been developed, which transforms the police car into a police station. The German Police force aims at cutting the administrative efforts by 25%, and this solution enables greater resource efficiency.

Impact description

The benefits of the multi-functional PC for police include faster arrival at the scene and quicker responses, streamlined coordination and operation, enhanced, more secure vehicle-based communications, direct access to information while on the scene, and a higher police presence throughout the region for greater safety. Studies in the UK have shown that the solution is able to reduce the time per case significantly – up to 30 minutes per case.

Goals addressed

Goal 11 Goal 16

Target countries

Germany

Verizon

Remote Monitoring & Cloud Services for Health

Project description

In partnership with the Children’s National Medical Center, Verizon supplies tablet devices, Open Video technology, and Terremark Cloud capabilities to local healthcare workers in rural Brazil to screen children for Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). Any abnormal results are uploaded to the cloud for further assessment by cardiologists at Children’s National and the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil.

Impact description

In 2015, this program educated 10,205 people about RHD and screened 6,843 children in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Of those screened, 374 children were found to be RHD-positive and are now connected to critical care.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Brazil

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Bell Canada

Remotely monitored CO2-free cooling system

Project description

Bell partnered with a local company (Carnot) to install CO2 free cooling systems that are remotely monitored using our machine to machine technology. This is very pertinent to data centre cooling for ICT companies. Reductions in CO2 come from reduced energy consumption for cooling. Additional but unmeasured benefits include the CO2 captured inside the system and the fossil fuel avoidance from remote monitoring.

Impact description

The Carnot system has permitted a reduction in electricity consumption of approximately 115,812 kWh per year per system. To date, Bell has installed 3 systems, and emissions have been reduced by approximately 39 tonnes of CO2e annually. Bell anticipates the replacement of 641 R-22 systems will lead to eventual annual savings of 74 millions kWh of electricity, and 8,333 tonnes of CO2e. Bell estimates an additional savings of 9.05 tonnes of CO2e for every R-22 system replaced by this new technology from the avoidance of accidental releases.

Goals addressed

Goal 13

Target countries

Canada

Microsoft

Researchers build dyslexia screening tool with cloud-based analytics solution

Project description

Optolexia, founded by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, built a dyslexia screening tool for young children using a repository of eye-tracking data and an analytical engine built with cloud-based Microsoft Azure Machine Learning. Optolexia aims to help schools identify students at risk for dyslexia significantly earlier than current screening tests. With early diagnosis, students can receive appropriate treatments to boost learning skills and improve academic performance.

Impact description

As many as 10-15% of school-age children are dyslexic, and the Dyslexia Research Institute estimates that only 5% of students with dyslexia in the United States are diagnosed and receive assistance. With the screening tool, Optolexia hopes to identify at-risk children as young as age 8 to 10, which means they could get professional help five years sooner than they do today.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 4

Target countries

Sweden

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Telefónica

Saluspot provides quality online health information to millions

Project description

Saluspot is a free e-health solution that provides quality health information to millions of users with limited access to healthcare services in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries. Saluspot is integrated with thousands of registered health professionals that share accurate information and advice with users. It also includes information about medical centers, online appointments, doctor-patient communication tools and a health history and physical activity monitoring from the web and mobile devices in a secure cloud system.

Impact description

Saluspot provides specialized and extra health services and information to people with limited access to a healthcare system, such as rural areas. It has provided more than 40 million online answers from users worldwide (mainly Latin America markets) where in some regions health care systems and access to hospitals can be difficult. Over 30,000 doctors and health professionals are registered on Saluspot.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Latin America

Deutsche Telekom AG

Sea Hero Quest App

Project description

Sea Hero Quest is a free game App from T-Systems (in cooperation with Charité Berlin, University College London, University of East Anglia, NGO Alzheimer`s Research, and the game developer, Glitchers) capturing anonymous navigation data of users for dementia medical research. Since one of the first symptoms of dementia is loss of navigational skill, this is an important indicator. However currently there is no “normal” benchmark of navigational skill, a benchmark which will be set through the crowd sourced data of the app.

Impact description

If 100,000 players play the app only for several minutes, this equals 50 years of experimental medical research for Alzheimer’s. This research hopefully sheds light into causes and treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia. This can lead to better well-being and health, as well as costs saved in the health care system (such as the possibility to prevent dementia).

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 9 Goal 11

Target countries

Global

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Microsoft

School for the deaf builds dynamic lessons, improves learning with cloud-based services

Project description

Al Amal School for Deaf Students in the United Arab Emirates serves hearing impaired children in grades K-12. With help from Microsoft, the School deployed a new web-based, cloud-based education system (the “Voice”), based on Office 365, that enabled the faculty to use Office Mix in PowerPoint, to create translated sign-language videos in classroom lessons and then upload them for students to access online.

Impact description

The Voice has increased independent student learning and parent involvement as well as improved teacher-student communication. Before the program started, teachers sometimes struggled to develop interactive lessons.

Goals addressed

Goal 1 Goal 4 Goal 8

Target countries

United Arab Emirates

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Samsung Electronics Europe

Smart Classrooms help build digital skills of the next generation

Project description

Partnering with schools, Samsung facilitates the learning of digital skills through its Smart Classroom initiatives aimed at 6-16 year olds. Most of the initiatives are in schools, but a number can be found in hospitals and museums. They are aimed not only at students, but also at teachers, who often lack the confidence to adapt teaching practices in an increasingly digital world. Samsung offers educational content and teaches digital skills such as coding to students and teachers.

Impact description

Since 2013, Samsung has set up over 600 smart classroom initiatives across more than 20 European countries, directly engaging over 100,000 students and training over 9,000 teachers. In terms of pedagogy, greater access changed rather than increased the use of technology for learning, with 3 out of 4 teachers saying that Smart Classroom changed the way they managed learning in and out of the classroom. The initiatives have also helped create new types of learning experiences: 56% of students felt they worked more creatively in Smart Classroom, while 51% of students felt they worked better with their classmates.

Goals addressed

Goal 4

Target countries

Europe

Deutsche Telekom AG

Smart Metering & Smart Home solutions lead to energy savings

Project description

Smart Metering is a product from Deutsche Telekom, which allow households to track their energy consumption. Smart Metering allows end-consumers to identify their household energy consumption patterns and become aware of how to use energy smartly. Deutsche Telekom Smart Metering offers to energy providers a secure modular system for the entire process chain. If implemented on scalable IT platforms for a large number of energy providers, Deutsche Telekom will be able roll out Smart Metering at attractive costs.

Impact description

Up to 8% energy savings can be achieved per household through this solution, enabling reduction of costs and CO2 emissions. For an average household, up to €90 of cost savings can be reached per year. By 2020, up to 1.2 million tons of CO2 can annually be saved in Germany if 7.8 million households install Smart Metering. The contribution to the national CO2 emissions reductions target is 40%.

Goals addressed

Goal 7 Goal 11 Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Albania

Hungary

Croatia

Austria

The Netherlands

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Ericsson

SMART Rwanda leverages ICT for broad transformation

Project description

The SMART Rwanda Initiative is geared towards connecting, innovating and transforming Rwanda into a knowledge and digital economy, thereby driving Rwanda’s global competitiveness and job creation. Ericsson is working closely with government and private agencies in a public-private partnership to scope a roadmap and implement solutions for SMART Rwanda, such as integrated transport, financial interoperability, smart utilities, public safety and security, to fully leverage the infrastructure investment and empower the people of Rwanda to reach their full potential.

Impact description

The project objectives include increased access to financial services and information; the introduction of meaningful products and services for the underbanked and unbanked population; the creation of an interoperable domestic and global financial ecosystem; increased government efficiency for collection and disbursement, enhanced by ICT; and increased national competitiveness for growth and change in Africa.

Goals addressed

Goal 9

Target countries

Rwanda

Deutsche Telekom AG

Smart Vineyards (E-Agriculture) in Macedonia

Project description

The SmartWine Project was created by the Telecommunications Institute within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies at the “Ss. Cyril and Methodius “ University – Skopje. It represents an intelligent end-to-end system for remote vineyards and wine cellars monitoring using a distributed sensor network.It fosters automation and modernization in the agriculture area following every phase of the wine production process.

Impact description

SmartWine automates the grape production process and helps to save up on energy, water and chemicals. Besides this, the system provides information on plant disease, weather problems and optimal harvesting dates.

Goals addressed

Goal 6 Goal 13 Goal 15

Target countries

Macedonia

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Smart Waste Management

Project description

Urbanization and rising demand for resources call for more efficient use of resources and better waste management. T-systems provides through their Smart Waste Management solution garbage collection companies with the information they need to collect waste as effectively and efficiently as possible (e.g. garbage truck route planning based on actual needs). Waste collection is a key aspect of smart cities.

Impact description

This solution enables more efficient collection and cost savings thanks to route planning based on actual needs and 4 to 8 times greater container capacity thanks to waste compaction. It also results in up to 40% less gas consumption thanks to more targeted, more intelligent route planning, saved resources through urban mining (recovering natural resources including rare earths) and incinerating waste (generating heat and electricity hence saving oil and gas), and better quality of life thanks to less litter, less noise, and less pollution.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 6 Goal 11 Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

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AT&T

Support of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS®

Project description

Since its inception in 2006, AT&T has been a supporter (both financially and through employee participation) of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® (PTB) program - which provides long-term business education to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

Impact description

Each PTB graduate from Afghanistan on average, is responsible for the creation of 22 new jobs in their country. Each graduate from Rwanda is responsible for the creation of 28 new jobs in their country. And 80% of all of the graduates are running a healthy, prosperous business a year after completing the program.

Goals addressed

Goal 5

Target countries

Afghanistan

Rwanda

Microsoft

Technology aids disaster relief and economic recovery in Nepal

Project description

After the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal partnered with the United Nations Development Programme to quickly develop a disaster relief application that allows workers to document damage assessments, debris management plans, and emergency employment plans. During property demolition, the app connects the property via GPS with the land owner contact information and also calculates volume of debris requiring removal and any special considerations like hazardous waste or recyclable materials.

Impact description

The app provides assurance to property owners and officials that land claims during reconstruction can be accurately reviewed and census data rebuilt. The cost for relief workers has been reduced from nearly $2,000 for a computer, GPS, camera and internet dongle to $70 for a Windows phone. Identifying materials for recycling during demolition reduces CO2 emissions and recovers costs (estimated at $11,000,000 U.S.).

Goals addressed

Goal 1 Goal 11

Target countries

Nepal

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Microsoft

Technology helps the Bavarian State manage timber production and forest conservation efforts

Project description

Since switching to a Windows platform with much greater GIS software and utilizing 400 Windows Phones and 600 rugged Panasonic Toughpad laptops, the forest engineers in the German state of Bavaria are able to improve management of nearly 800,000 hectares of state forests.

Impact description

The Windows platform helps the state increase and track its conservation efforts within the forest to ensure that its harvesting methods are sustainable and the forest remains healthy while cutting their production time by more than 50%; time between timber production to sale also has been reduced from two months to one with a resulting increase in timber quality.

Goals addressed

Goal 15

Target countries

Germany

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Telefónica

Telefónica solutions help multinational retailer improve energy efficiency

Project description

Telefónica’s digital solutions have helped a multinational retail company optimize energy consumption in their retail stores with highest consumption and in their logistics centre. Telefónica’s solutions included sensors that measured energy demand around buildings, an energy efficiency platform that monitored consumption from lighting and heating/cooling systems, and consultancy about reducing consumption and costs.

Impact description

Telefónica’s solutions and services led to a 20% average reduction in consumption at the stores, and a 35% reduction at the logistics centre. This energy savings also meant avoided CO2 emissions, and a cost savings of €50,000 per month at the logistics centre alone.

Goals addressed

Goal 7 Goal 9 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Deutsche Telekom AG

Telematic One enables effective coordination at one of Europe’s busiest ports

Project description

TelematicOne integrates intelligent telematics systems from various companies, e.g. vehicle and trailer manufacturers. The system serves as central hub for all relevant real-time information. It has been implemented at the port of Hamburg, which is one of the busiest ports in Europe. Quick and seamless container transloading is very important for the port to handle the 40,000 containers that arrive daily. The solution from T-Systems makes this possible.

Impact description

In practice, only 30% of the time that vehicles spend in ports is used effectively. This share can be increased with the TelematicOne technology. The benefits include more effective management of growing quantities of goods, better use of limited space, fewer traffic jams and a reduction of CO2 emissions.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 11 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Telematic One: Smart Logistics that increase flexibility and efficiency of the flow of goods

Project description

Telematic One is an ICT-enabled smart logistics central control portal, leading to emission savings based on reduced fuel consumption from logistics. Dispatchers can call up current information on trailers – such as position, expected arrival time, tire pressure, door and coupling status, weight or refrigeration temperature of the freight – in the same system. TelematicOne alerts drivers and dispatchers to deviations in time and freight data, such as refrigeration temperature.

Impact description

Smart logistics applications refer to cloud-based control systems that increase flexibility and efficiency of the flow of goods of road, air, train and marine freight. The software allows fleets, products, drivers, load suppliers, load recipients and the surrounding infrastructure to be connected and information is shared in real time. Smart logistics solutions increase reliability, transparency and reduces operational costs and CO2 emissions.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 8 Goal 9 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Europe

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Telematics on the farm

Project description

“Telematics on the farm - a connected harvest team” of T-Systems is an LTE-based industry 4.0 solution for farming, and enhances the coordination of all vehicles and people involved in the harvest and increasing productivity. In-sync fleet makes the most of every minute, selects the quickest routes, avoids empty movements, and protects the ground. The solution also provides full transparency into location of vehicles, remaining capacity, and crop quality. Less downtime reduces the risk of farmers not being able to complete the harvest on time.

Impact description

This solution can boost productivity by up to 15% thanks to reduced fuel consumption, more efficient deployment of machinery, quicker harvesting, and larger yields, and leads to higher profits for contractors.

Goals addressed

Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 8 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

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Telenor Group

Telenor’s mobile birth registration in Pakistan

Project description

Telenor Group has a global partnership with UNICEF focusing on promoting child rights by leveraging the power of mobile and connectivity. In 2014, Telenor Pakistan, UNICEF and local authorities initiated a pilot project in the provinces of Sindh and Punjab to augment birth registration rates using cellular technology.

Impact description

A recent baseline comparison of the pilot areas has shown an increase in registration rates from under 30 per cent via conventional registration during the same period in 2014, to above 90 per cent during the pilot phase.

Goals addressed

Goal 16

Target countries

Pakistan

Telenor Group

Telenor’s smart streetlights in Oslo

Project description

Traditional city streetlights use a lot of energy. The streetlights of the today are much smarter than the streetlights of the past – which have traditionally been running on full power all the time. Today’s smart technology can control each streetlight individually depending on the need. Since 2012, Telenor Group is cooperating with the City of Oslo as technology partner for connectivity for their street lights upgrading project.

Impact description

The many control points that run the Oslo’s 80,000 streetlights will get new smart mobile technology inside. The more than 10 years upgrading project will enable the city administration to reduce their energy expenses up to 60 percent and operating expenses up to 50 percent.

Goals addressed

Goal 11

Target countries

Norway

Telia Company

Telia HomeCare: better care at home

Project description

At the heart of Telia HomeCare is a device connected to various sensors that wirelessly communicates between the user’s home and a caregiver, entirely at the caretaker's conditions. Through Telia HomeCare, the user has more control over what happens in their home and enhanced contact with their caregiver. For example, users get help with different types of services like blood tests or ECG measurement in their home. The user may also monitor their health development and share information during illness. The system can also provide reminders when the user forgets things, such as taking their medicine.

Impact description

Telia HomeCare and other Telehealth solutions allows resources in public and private healthcare systems to be used more efficiently. Telehealth technologies allow the users to stay home longer which is positive from a wellbeing and cost perspective. Telehealth solutions also reduce the need for physical travel, both for the caretaker and care provider, which is good for the environment.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 13

Target countries

Nordic Countries

Baltic States

Telia Company

Telia Sense: making cars smarter with digital services

Project description

Until recently, advanced connectivity was limited only to the latest high-end vehicles. Now Telia Sense brings the same new features to virtually any car manufactured after 2001. Telia Sense is a device that connects to the car’s onboard computer and is developed with partners from the automotive and insurance industries. It enables a combination of car-control functionalities, such as remote car monitoring and diagnostics, 4G connectivity and Wi-Fi, usage based car insurance and car sharing.

Impact description

Connected cars will enable more sustainable transportation through e.g. smart route planning and parking, increased vehicle utilization, fewer traffic jams, safer driving and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Goals addressed

Goal 11 Goal 13

Target countries

Nordic Countries

Baltic States

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Deutsche Telekom AG

“The cow that texts the farmer”

Project description

“The cow that texts the farmer” (cost-effective breeding) is an e-Agriculture solution, which tackles the challenges of food safety and efficient food production arising through rising global population. It is a machine-to-machine communication solution, which sends SMS text messages to the farmer’s cell phone in case of cows are in heat or about to calve – so the farmer is informed and always arrives at the scene on time. Sensors can track behavior of hundreds of animals and therefore ensure that birth takes place under best possible conditions.

Impact description

The solution helps achieve greater herd productivity through time and cost savings: more live births, fewer complications post-calving, faster insemination, hence less stress for cows.

Goals addressed

Goal 2 Goal 3 Goal 8 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Total Airport Management System makes more efficient use of airplanes

Project description

T-Systems’ Total Airport Management System is a single IT platform that integrates the silo systems of all airport stakeholders. The IT platform centrally collects all the required information. Airport service providers can access data on the move, enabling them to coordinate joint tasks more closely, and complete them more quickly. The IT solution is fully integrated into the airport operator’s core process.

Impact description

Delays cost airlines between €1.5 - 2 billion per year. T-Systems’ solution reduces the time planes spend on the ground – time in which they are not earning money. Each aircraft is required to pay fees for take-off, landing, and use of air bridges. If our solution cuts the time planes spend on the ground, then airport operators can turn around more aircraft in a shorter period of time. More efficient use of airplanes, leads in the long-term to less airplanes needed, hence resources are saved.

Goals addressed

Goal 9 Goal 12

Target countries

Germany

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Microsoft

TV White Spaces Brings Internet Connectivity and Telemedicine Services

Project description

Launched by Microsoft and Botswana Innovation Hub, Project “Kgolagano” (meaning “to be connected or networked”) uses TV White Spaces – the unused frequencies in the TV spectrum – to bring affordable internet connectivity and telemedicine services to remote locations in Botswana that lack quality primary care facilities. This allows local medical workers to send high-resolution patient images to specialized medical facilities in Gabaronne and around the world. The goal is more accurate diagnoses and better patient care.

Impact description

TV White Spaces is a cutting-edge technology that enables network operators to provide cheaper broadband Internet connectivity as it can significantly improve the economics of deploying wireless broadband (costs about 10% of equivalent 4G/LTE services and with better fidelity and range) to under-served communities and can operate off the power grid by leveraging solar power. In particular, Project Kgolagano focusses on access to specialized maternal medicine, which will improve the livelihoods of women located in small towns and rural areas.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Botswana

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Microsoft

University boosts long-distance education through Office 365

Project description

Office 365, OneDrive, and Skype offered collaborative and mobility features to support interactive and long distance learning with teachers, inside and outside of the classroom, at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UBM). In Indonesia, distance learning is a high priority and a growing practice for many of its universities as they use technology to engage students in the farthest reaches of the country.

Impact description

With the creation of an e-learning portal integrated to Office 365, OneDrive, and Skype, UBM is able to support higher education across the country while creating a better online community for uploading lectures, enabling discussions, streamlining assignments, and delivering academic results. This tool is being shared with other universities in Indonesia so its benefits can be replicated.

Goals addressed

Goal 4

Target countries

Indonesia

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Microsoft

Use of business intelligence capabilities and sensors reduced building energy consumption by 30%

Project description

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) uses Microsoft Azure, Cortana Intelligence, Power BI, and the PI System™ from Microsoft Global ISV partner OSIsoft to reduce campus building maintenance and energy costs. Cortana Intelligence enables better fault detection, diagnosis, and more efficient operations.

Impact description

By making data more accessible, CMU gained actionable insight such as identifying faulty equipment and cut energy consumption in its own laboratory by approximately 30%.

Goals addressed

Goal 12 Goal 13

Target countries

United States

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Microsoft

Using innovative technology to better visualize healthcare data and generate actionable insights

Project description

Applying advanced analytics and proprietary application suites, IMS Health connects more than 10 petabytes of complex healthcare data to deliver powerful insights to its clients. The IMS Health Global Technology Innovation team recently developed a new analytics and visualization solution utilizing Microsoft Power BI and a Surface Hub that allows non-data analysts to convert data into strategic healthcare intelligence.

Impact description

Customers will be able to use the new solution to query, analyze, and visualize complex healthcare data in new and ways, generating analytics and strategic insights. The resulting solution enables users to intuitively interact with complex patient data via natural-language queries using either a browser search box or voice recognition.

Goals addressed

Goal 3

Target countries

Global

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AT&T

Using the Internet of Things to save water

Project description

AT&T and Mueller Water Products have developed a new solution to help cities save water. The solution uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology that can be installed quickly to help cities manage water and prevent leaks. The enhanced water management solution was developed as part of the NIST Global City Teams Challenge.

Impact description

One city water pipe leak can waste up to 400,000 gallons of water per year. It is estimated that as much as 25 percent of water produced never reaches end users because of leaks and water main bursts.

Goals addressed

Goal 6

Target countries

United States

Verizon

Verizon AgTech Helps a California Winery Better Understand Irrigation Needs

Project description

Verizon’s Internet of Things (IoT) AgTech sensors are being used by Hahn Family Wines to increase the precision and better understand the irrigation needs of each block of grapevines. These sensors measure temperature and humidity. Based on that data, soil moisture monitors can measure water volume at different soil depths. That information helps flow meters gauge the amount of water to apply. Sensors in the field are also connected to a gateway housed in a weather station to measure wind speed/direction, humidity, rainfall and photosynthetic radiation from the sun's rays.

Impact description

With more than 1,000 acres of vineyards, the winery placed sensors in the soil near the root zone of its plants to figure out how much water is being delivered to the vine in various locations and water when and where the vines actually need it.

Goals addressed

Goal 6

Target countries

United States

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Verizon

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Project description

In partnership with the nonprofit, Digital Promise, Verizon provides tablets with two-year data plans to every student and teacher within a designated Verizon Innovative Learning School. In addition, specialized training is implemented to enable meaningful learning opportunities in and out of school that leverage mobile technology to prepare students for college and STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) careers. The program targets low-income schools where students are unlikely to have consistent internet access at home.

Impact description

In the 2016-2017 school year, this program will reach more than 46 schools in the United States. Participating teachers reported that 37% of their students are better at problem-solving as a result of the program, while students reached by the program are more interested in high-demand STEM jobs than students at comparison schools.

Goals addressed

Goal 4

Target countries

United States

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Deutsche Telekom AG

Video Conferencing reduces travel and emissions

Project description

In cooperation with Cisco, T-Systems offers video conferencing, allowing two or more people to conduct meetings remotely based on audio and video broadcasting from and to their device (phone, laptop, etc.). Broadband, mobile data and video conferencing systems are ICT solutions that enable an increasing shift of meetings from physical to virtual mode. ICT-enabled video conferences reduce the need for travelling for business purposes leading to fuel savings and emission reductions.

Impact description

WWF and ETNO estimate that if video conferences replaced 20% of business trips in Europe, it would reduce carbon emissions by 22.4 million metric tons. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project, for companies with revenues of more than $1 billion, an investment in 4 telepresence rooms is amortized in just 15 months. A video conferencing solution that eliminates 3,600 business trips, at an average cost of 400 euros per journey, saves €1.4 million a year. And that does not include the extra benefits from greater productivity.

Goals addressed

Goal 3 Goal 8 Goal 13

Target countries

Germany

Austria

Luxembourg

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Nokia

Zero CO2 emission base station site offering

Project description

In 2015, Nokia pursued ways to increase the energy efficiency of its products and promoted the use of renewable energy. The activities included launching Zero CO2 emission base station site offering, which includes more than 20 products and services for our Single RAN Advanced portfolio.

Impact description

The offering enables a reduction in base station site energy consumption by up to 70%, creating a significant driver for modernizing base station sites. With the significantly lower energy consumption, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, as well as fuel cells, become viable options for powering a base station site, making it possible to achieve zero CO2 emissions.

Goals addressed

Goal 13

Target countries

Global

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