Let me introduce you to the Lasagna Model – From pipes to lasagna – which is the Swedish way to present the complex constitution of digitalization and connectivity infrastructure in several horizontal layers.
In Urban ICT Arena we have the same way of explaining the horizontal complexity but in our layers, we put other stuff. We have a hard ware layer where we put the hard ware infrastructure – fiber, nodes, base stations, sensors, networks – and a soft ware layer with IoT platforms, digital twins, AI, data lakes, data and more. Then we have the service layer where we put the products and services made possible to develop thanks to the hard and soft infrastructure.
We also have a business model layer where we try to understand all new processes, policy’s, structures and organization models that needs to be developed or remodeled, for everyone to be able to make use of everything new that is possible. Finally, we would need an Enabling Citizen Layer where we ensure that the citizens are empowered and enabled by all that digitalization and connectivity makes possible, on their own terms and preferably in co-creation.
To set this in a context Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (the Swedish Royal Engineering Academy) – turns 100 years old 2019 and has celebrated that by presenting a very ambitious report called” Digitalization for increased competitiveness” (only in Swedish). In it they explain how Sweden needs to act to keep the initiative and innovation leading position within economical, societal and environmental development made possible by digitalization and connectivity. My guess is that it will be the center piece in Swedish policy making many years from now given the people who has participated in the collaboration behind the report and the quality of the result.