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5G, Connected Cars and Robotics Reign at the Mobile World Congress 2017

Event Report

March 06, 2017

Technology Shaping and Creating Social Values

Whilst a lot of futuristic tech was on display at the congress, issues of the immediate present were also on the agenda. The GSMA's Big Data for Social Good initiative, which was launched on the first day of the MWC, is focused on utilizing big data capabilities in order to address humanitarian crises, such as natural disasters and epidemics.

The second day of the MWC saw Takashi Niino, NEC President and CEO, tackle the question of how we can use the rapidly developing technology we have now to help implement the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative.

"Companies in the private sector have a vital role to play in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals", he said.

Digital transformation was a keyword during Niino’s speech, in which he detailed several initiatives of the NEC in helping to achieve SDGs. Amongst these was an initiative by the company in Tigre, Argentina using face recognition technology to reduce crime. Since its implementation, vehicle theft has gone down 80 per cent. As Niino put it, at the same time emphasizing the NEC motto of orchestrating a brighter world, "digital transformation fuels SDGs."

Niino emphasized the value of technology as a "social value creator", referring back to his company's SDG initiatives. As he put it, "corporate profit is no longer just about the bottom line."

However hard it may be to forecast the future, Mobile World Congress 2017 continued to show that the tech industry will be a major driving force in the future.

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