In the first installment of our new five-part monthly Megatrends series – exploring the transformative global forces impacting the future of business, the economy, industry, society and individuals – we examine urbanization, mobility and smart cities.

Megatrends have a powerful impact on every aspect of our world, defining our collective future. As a result, governments, NGOs, businesses, society and individuals all have a role to play in understanding and addressing megatrends. At SGS, we are continuously evolving our organization to focus on the underlining issues, risks, challenges and opportunities that megatrends present.

Megatrend: urbanization, mobility and smart cities

Currently, most of the global GDP is generated in cities, and more than half of the world’s population lives in metropolitan areas – a trend that will intensify. Urbanization provides opportunities to increase productivity and attract talent, but the need for resources and space impacts the economy, environment and our quality of life.

Governments and businesses are using technologies and data to build smart cities, towns and villages, as well as to deliver smart mobility, advance economic growth and improve infrastructure and community services.

How SGS is addressing urbanization, mobility and smart cities

We are committed to addressing megatrends and believes them to be a fundamental responsibility. One of the many ways that SGS is addressing the challenges of urbanization and smart cities is by investing in 5G technology to ensure the compliance security and reliability of high-speed data access.

Eric Lee, SGS Global CRS and Wireless Manager, explains: “Smart-city services will rely on network providers’ abilities to relay vast amounts of data in almost real time. With its high speeds and low latencies, fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, is poised to be an ideal solution.

“To provide the compliance, security and reliability of this next-generation network, SGS has invested in 5G call simulators in Taiwan, Korea, China and the USA, worth CHF 600,000.

“These simulators enable us to test, verify and troubleshoot the performance of the system, as well as ensure security and reliability for devices.

“In 2019, SGS will continue its investment in 5G compliance testing to support customers across all stages of product development.”