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ICT for a Sustainable and Better Life for Everyone

We are Swedish ICT

Hans Hentzell,
CEO Swedish ICT

We Need to Talk About Sustainable Digitalization

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Strategic Initiatives

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Sustainability at the Core of Our Research

We Need to Talk About Sustainable Digitalization

signWhat we see today is that one system after another is being digitalized, and the transition is happening at great speed. The shift has been seen across diverse areas, including health and social care as described in the national innovation agenda “eHealth at Home”, transportation with focus on sustainability and automated vehicles, and smart citites with home automation making the smart home become a reality.

Digitalization continues to call for radical changes, not just within industry, but in society as a whole. The technical possibilities afforded by increasingly smaller and faster electronics and computers create new opportunities for intelligent applications which were previously impossible.

Current trends center on technical digitalization – physical products becoming digital services, physical marketplaces being exchanged for digital platforms, and an increase in the efficiency of traditional production. Within manufacturing, for example, the move to automation is a well-established reality; focus for the national innovation program “Process industrial IT and Automation” (PiiA) coordinated by us. We also coordinate the national innovation program for “Smart Electronic Systems”, looking at key enabling technologies for the realization of the digitalization. Upcoming areas with great potential for innovation thanks to the digitalization are described in the national innovation agendas: Game, Future Media Distribution and Future Sport and Sports Experience.

We see innovation in which social and collaborative perspectives play an increasingly important role.

Technically, digitalization is accelerated by new smart electronic systems including connected sensors, communication, and cloud solutions as they are coupled with big data analytics, visualization and interaction design, and user behavior – which constitute the expert competencies of the individual Swedish ICT institutes. Alongside this development, we see digitalization’s effects on society and issues such as employment, democracy, media, education, the environment, transportation, urban planning, culture, and health and social care. The list of affected areas is long, as digitalization permeates almost all sectors of the economy. Everyone needs to consider the affect of digitalization on their business and the implications of these changes on the formation of the society of the future.

Being a group of research institutes at the forefront of ICT research, we see the potential to affect this process and play an important role as a neutral and knowledge-based partner for both industry and the public sector. We are 400 experts in digitalization, all of whom help to develop tomorrow’s ICT solutions and integrated applications on a daily basis.

Our mission is to be a driver in establishing Sweden and Swedish industry as world leaders within the development and application of ICT. Our ambition is to gain insight about and influence all aspects of digitalization, so that it continues to be a growth engine in the system of innovation and for improved quality of life.

Take part of our research and innovation projects, and let us challenge you in your next project!

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Hans Hentzell
CEO Swedish ICT


CEO Acreo

Leif Ljungqvist, CEO
Acreo Swedish ICT

The potential and capabilities of modern ICT systems are still growing exponentially, powered by the development of hardware such as sensors, micro- and nanoelectronics and photonics.

The connected society (IoT) requires sensors that are inexpensive, can be integrated into objects, are power efficient, and has wireless connectivity.

That is one of the reasons Sweden launched a Strategic innovation program for smart electronics components and systems - coordinated by Acreo Swedish ICT.

CEO Viktoria

Per-Åke Olsson, CEO
Viktoria Swedish ICT

The global transport system is facing enormous challenges - on its way towards sustainable mobility. When trying to get rid of oil dependency, minimize killed and injured in traffic and heavily reduce emissions and congestions, we truly believe that IT and Communication technology (ICT) can and will make a difference. The global digitalization trend is a great opportunity to make the world a better place for everyone. By focusing Sustainable Mobility, enabled by ICT, for more than eight years now, Viktoria Swedish ICT has established a position as a dedicated and skilled partner to the transportation sector, when it comes to sustainability issues.

CEO Sics

Christer Norström, CEO
SICS Swedish ICT

The digitalization of society is well underway in Sweden and we are now heading for the next level. When all the objects we use and the environments in which we move are equipped with sensors and actuators, incredibly large amounts of data will be generated – and analyzed. To date, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg of the new generation of business opportunities that will arise from these analyses: early warning systems, recommendation systems, smart energy management, maintenance monitoring, life science - all services underpinned by the ability to make smart decisions based on the statistical conclusions of very large data sets.

CEO Interactive Institute

Anette Novak CEO
Interactive Institutes Swedish ICT

The digital revolution is picking up pace and complexity. Concurrently, ICT is increasingly becoming an invisible facilitator, empowering individuals and organizations to do what they want to do.
Former obstacles, hindering human interaction, like distance, language and lack of knowledge, are eroding. 
As a result, power is rapidly shifting to the consumers, to the citizens – challenging traditional structures, companies and business models.

This is an exciting era, where the capacity to embrace change is crucial for anyone who wishes to stay in competition. An era where partnering with excellence and edge is a pivotal factor.”


Our Expertise is Our Core Business

The strength of Swedish ICT is that we are a group of specialized institutes offering specific expertise and solutions based on Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Access to key knowledge and key technology is essential to create renewal in industry and society.

Swedish ICT conducts research and innovation in several of these key areas ranging from sensors and actuators, communication networks and data analytics to visualization, interaction design, service and business model innovation.

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ICT and Innovation Expertise • Pre-studies • Research, Development and Innovation Projects • Advanced Test and Demonstration Milieus • Small Scale Production • Our Comprehensive Network • Seminars and Workshops

Our Cross-boundary offering

Digitalization will play an increasingly important part in the solutions to our common challenges in industry and society. Digitalization itself creates new business opportunities and will have a heavy impact on developing our future society.

In order to strengthen and clarify our cross-boundary offering, addressing these opportunities and changes, we have established a number of focus areas. We call them Swedish ICT Business and Innovation areas.

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With our combination of research excellence and industry experience, we enable innovation by gathering different disciplines and actors to effectively work together and provide cross-functional solutions.

Internet and Telecom, Security and Automation and Industrial Processes are core of our operation. eHealth, Smart Citites, Sustainable Mobility and Internet of Sports are application areas were ICT undoubtedly is a key driver for innovation and areas we focus at together within Swedish ICT.


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Strategic Initiatives

Together with partners from industry, public sector, stakeholder organizations and academies Swedish ICT work to find solutions to our common challenges and to take advantage of opportunities to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness.

The Swedish Innovation Agency VINNOVA has initiated a number of programs to support activates for cross-border collaborations with a challenge-driven approach and to formulate research and innovation strategies for Sweden. We work in over 30 of these strategic projects and initiatives, and is the coordinator of 7.

Making the smart home a reality

The idea of the smart home is not new, and there are a range of smart services on the market. The problem is that they are often based on incompatible technology platforms, and sold at a price point that is prohibitive for the average consumer. There is still work to be done in order to make a true smart home, in which everything works together seamlessly and cost efficiently. A new project, Sustainable Open Solutions for the Smart Home, will address these issues, with the goal of making the smart home a reality.

The project brings together 25 partners, including municipalities, housing associations and small and large businesses in order to create an open, universal technological platform for services, as well as common business models. “It hasn’t been difficult to recruit partners for this project,” explained Claus Popp Larsen, project manager at Swedish ICT. “There is great interest in offering smart, cost-effective solutions for the home, in both public and commercial spheres.” More than 100 apartments in six locations will be included in the project and a common “smart home” platform will be created.

https://www.acreo.se/projects/smarta-hem

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Sweden Invests in Smarter Electronic Systems

“Smarter Electronic Systems,” an extensive new strategic innovation program for the development of smart electronic devices and systems was launched 2014 – mobilizing industry, academia and public sectors to strengthen Sweden's competitiveness within hardware and key enabling technologies. Acreo Swedish ICT coordinates the program.

Electronic devices and systems are significant export products as well as enablers of industrial growth and sustainable development in Sweden. Electronic devices and systems are found in just about everything, from coffee machines and cars to hydroelectric power and space stations. The innovation program aims to create growth for Sweden, and is led by a board with leading representatives from both industry and academia.

http://www.smartareelektroniksystem.se

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Process Industrial IT and Automation

Sweden is at the forefront of research in the area of process industrial IT and automation. To enhance the competitiveness of Sweden the area was acknowledge 2013 as a strategic innovation area for the nation. SICS Swedish ICT Västerås coordinates the program.

http://sip-piia.se

Agenda

eHealth at Home

Swedish ICT with partners has devised an action plan for positioning Sweden at the forefront of development and implementation of services and products to support home care for the elderly and chronically ill.

Several trends indicate that we are moving from institutional care to a growing focus on the individual caretaker at home. Sweden has a strategic opportunity to pioneer solutions that may be required throughout the developed world, and a unique opportunity to build an industry for a much larger market than just Sweden. The action plan points out a number of areas and challenges to address if Sweden is to strengthen its position, such as: increased collaboration, education and training, investments, standards, an open market place, test beds and venues. If we succeed to handle these areas, eHealth not only solves the future health and social care needs in Sweden, but also creates a new market that fits the Swedish business profile very well.

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Agenda

Game – Shaping One of the World’s Fastest Growing Industries

Swedish game developers are among the best in the business, across all platforms, competing in a global industry that, according to Gartner, will surpass $100 million in sales in 2014.

Gaming is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Sweden has a roster of both talent and established companies, with continued growth in the emergence of new companies. Interactive Institute Swedish ICT have now taken the first step toward positioning gaming as its own research and innovation area, by establishing a national strategic agenda: Game. We have gathered actors, with the goal of creating a long term plan for harnessing our advantages within the area of gaming and strengthening Sweden’s potential for competitiveness in the future.

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Agenda

Future Media Distribution

The goal is to create a solid research and innovation program aimed at ground-breaking renewal and a sustainable development in the area of media distribution. The program intends to clarify the challenges for Swedish industry in order to exploit the opportunities in the ongoing global media revolution. Swedish ICT coordinates the work.

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Future Sports and Sports Experiences

Together with actors from the whole ecosystem of sports we have started a collaboration to define a national strategy to enable innovation combining ICT and sports. Swedish ICT coordinates the work.

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Testbeds and Demonstrators

Testbeds and demonstrators are vital elements for innovation as well advanced laboratories and the possibility of small scale production. The infrastructure for innovation within Swedish ICT is open to all actors and offered with extensive knowledge and professional operators.

The Electrum Laboratory maintains a multitude of laboratories, covering most aspects of nano- and microtechnology. In our flexible facilities both single samples and batches are equally welcome. We handle separate steps to full sequences in fabrication and characterization. We offer access to sophisticated software for calculation and simulation. Our personnel are available to help you to master the wide world of nano- and microtechnology.

https://www.acreo.se/labs-and-testbeds

Fiberlab is a uniquely equipped laboratory for research, development, manufacture, and characterization of advanced optical fibers and preforms. Built in 2001, it is a modern facility custom-built for specialty fiber R&D and production. Acreo is your perfect R&D partner on specialty fibers. Our capabilities include advanced coating technologies, microstructured fibers and silica capillaries, and doped core preforms. We also provide reliable and high quality production resources to partners in Europe and world-wide.

https://www.acreo.se/labs-and-testbeds

The Integration Catalyst for Residential ICT, a physical test and development environment for ICT enabled residential homes. It is designed primarily for the integration of technology and services in energy, home automation and e-health. In its first edition the facility consists of four modules that represent walls in a normal home integrated with ICT of different kinds. It is an active research environment for future projects within energy, home automation, and e-health and a venue where researchers can work together, and above all, a place where research and industry can meet.

https://www.sics.se/groups/people-technologies-ppl

Acreo National Testbed, is a meeting place for a wide spectrum of actors working with ICT R&D. It is open to everybody that wish to test their equipment or service in a sophisticated environment with real end users. This includes analysis of end users internet traffic patterns and behavior; advanced high-capacity internet services; studies and evaluation of equipment. The testbed contains many interconnected activities such as: behavior, access, services, distribution, sensors, robustness convergence and connectivity.

https://www.acreo.se/labs-and-testbeds

The Visualization Table is a platform for interaction with, and visualization of massive data sets in 3D. It has the size of a dining table and you sweep the surface with your fingers to experience and explore objects in intricate 3D detail. The visualization system, based on software, CT and MRI transform physical objects into digital entities. Anything that can be scanned can be visualized. So far it has been used within medicine as The Virtual Autopsy Table, at museums as the Inside Explorer, for urban planning as the Urban Explorer and for collaborative design review at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery.

https://www.tii.se/groups/c-studio

Sustainability at the Core of Our Research

Swedish ICT’s role is to promote sustainable growth in Sweden - research results are to be transformed into innovations that contribute to increased competitiveness and development in industry and society, as well as an improved quality of life.

Our mission indicates a clear focus on sustainability issues: We shall work with research and innovation that creates value and meets the needs and demands of business and society. We shall work toward sustainable development, using its resources responsibly and contributing to solutions to major global challenges.

In order to meet our mandate, it is crucial for us to have access to a robust pool of talent expertise. It is therefore important to work toward being an attractive employer that is able to both recruit and retain employees, while actively contributing to the industrial knowledge-base and investing in competence building.

To understand the needs and demands of business and society we have a continuous, active dialogue with stakeholders such as clients, partners, owners and employees, in order to identify improvement methods and development areas.

To strengthen our work with sustainability we are engaged in a project driven by our owners RISE, with a focus on sustainability issues. The work in 2014 included a situation analysis, stakeholder analysis, and an initiative to define what sustainability means for us as research institutes.

The group’s overall sustainability goalswere revised in 2014. The updated goals and Swedish ICT’s sustainability work was presented to the Board in March 2014. Our subsidiaries also have local goals, based on their own strategies and policies. Somewhat dependent on the specific direction of the different branches of the organization and individual projects, they place emphasis on different issues. But the aim is always to highlight the sustainability-related aspects of the project results.

“Digitalization and Sustainability – two fields of expertise, which are at the core of our business and research, and that we constantly need to re-interpret and re-invent. Swedish ICT, a group of four research institutes working with ICT (Information and Communication Technology), affects the community and environment primarily through research projects and the results they deliver. For some companies ICT expertise is core business but ultimately ICT is an enabling technology for most industries, and can help identify viable solutions to meet global challenges. Sustainability is thus a key element of our research projects.”

Hans Hentzell, CEO Swedish ICT

Goals 2014 -2015

  • Adopt a common policy for ethical guidelines that set the framework for decisions about which projects the companies within Swedish ICT should participate in.
  • At the group level, systematize client surveys, employee surveys, salary inquiries and development of common policies.

Activity Examples 2014

  • Common stakeholder analysis has been completed and a basis for a definition of what sustainability means for a research institute is underway, along with the other organizations within the RISE network, which includes Swedish ICT, Innventia, SP and Swerea.
  • Goals have been revised based on the needs identified in the implementation of the situation analysis for Swedish ICT in the RISE sustainability project.
  • Customer surveys have been conducted across Swedish ICT’s companies using the same tool, which allows for systematic monitoring and improvement.
  • In 2014, Acreo Swedish ICT has invested in improved CRM system and intranet. At the group level, we have further developed the common external web and started a coordination project to look at common payroll and accounting systems.
  • Swedish ICT’s Board participated in sustainability work and goals at the board meeting in March 2014.
  • The HR group was involved in sustainability efforts, and in 2014 decided which tools to use for managing salary and employee satisfaction.
  • In Swedish ICT’s Annual Report, some of the projects which have a direct or indirect focus on sustainability are highlighted. These results can also be found in the RISE Annual Report and impact report.

GRI Report

Swedish ICT Research AB (Swedish ICT) has been a part of the CSR report provided by RISE AB 2008 and 2009. For the year 2010 Swedish ICT made its first independent CSR report, this is the fifth report.

Meet our researchers

Researcher

Maria Nilsson, Senior Researcher, Viktoria Swedish ICT

I study how people perceive new technology and how that affects their interaction with it.

Researcher

Carl Heath, Senior Researcher, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT

To carry out creative work in the borders of interaction design, learning and technology.

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Cristina Rusu, Associated Professor and Senior Researcher, Acreo Swedish ICT

In the FP7 project (EU-project) WIISEL we developed a continuous gait monitoring system for elderly.

Researcher

Simon Duquennoy, Senior Researcher, SICS Swedish ICT

My focus is on IP-based connectivity for constrained devices.

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Highlights 2014

January-March

  • The first live demonstration of the PEMM-demo got huge attention at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

    Acreo Swedish ICT
  • "Managing Technological Change in the Digital Age: The Role of Architectural Frames” accepted for publication in Journal of Information Technology.

    Viktoria Swedish ICT
  • A diplo-hackathon with 30 international high-stakes delegates was arranged framing a “Stockholm protocol for Digital Diplomacy”.

    Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
  • Best Paper Award at EWSN 2014, went to a paper co-authored by Liam McNamara, researcher at SICS Swedish ICT

    SICS Swedish ICT
  • A deal with Siemens AG in Germany was closed, advancing the visualization of their gas turbine.

    Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
  • Open Stockholm Award 2014 was arranged by the City of Stockholm with Per-Åke Olsson as a member of the jury.

    Viktoria Swedish ICT
  • In heavy competition - Printed Electronics Arena-Manufacturing becomes an EU Open Pilot Line demonstrator.

    Acreo Swedish ICT
  • SICS Open House with 300 guests.

    SICS Swedish ICT
  • Kista 5G Transport Lab opens – a key to fulfilling the promise of the Networked Society.

    Acreo Swedish ICT

April-June

  • The two spin-off companies Gavagai and Thingsquare made it on the “33-list” of Sweden’s most promising startup companies.

    SICS Swedish ICT
  • A new operation was started in Uppsala, focusing on open innovation and innovation management.

    Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
  • A special interest session on Maritime Informatics was organized at ITS World Congress in Detroit, USA.

    Viktoria Swedish ICT
  • The 2014 Wallenberg Prize goes to Printed Electronics.

    Acreo Swedish ICT
  • A framework agreement was signed with the City of Stockholm (3D-visualization).

    Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
  • New Swedish Strategic Innovation Program for Smart Electronic Systems – coordinated by

    Acreo Swedish ICT

July-September

  • A national strategic agenda “eHealth at home” was launched and a well-attended seminar on the same theme was arranged by

    Swedish ICT in Almedalen
  • Spinoff DP Patterning signs multi-million contract with Mühlbauer.

    Acreo Swedish ICT
  • Big Data, Wearables, Gamification and eHealth at home –

    Swedish ICT themes at Digital Health Days

October-December

  • A workshop was held for Stockholms stad urban planning department (300 persons).

    Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
  • The European Guide on Broadband investments was published.

    Acreo Swedish ICT
  • The KK-Foundation invests 29.5 million in research focusing on Big Data Analytics.

    SICS Swedish ICT
  • The Swedish Coordination Council for Smart Grid presented its final report to the Swedish Government.

    Interactive Institute and SICS Swedish ICT

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Financial Ratios

Swedish ICT Consolidated Income Statement

Jan-Dec (KSEK) 2014 2013
Operating income
Net turnover 448 837 432 339
Other operating income 8 141 4 029
456 978 436 368
Operating expenses
Other external costs -130 992 -147 946
Personnel costs -294 517 -291 884
Depreciation of tangible assets and intangible assets -4 223 -6 034
Share of associated companies result in the group -11 204 0
OPERATING PROFIT/LOSS 16 042 -9 496
Result from Financial Investments
Shareholders equity 67 633 52 599
Minority interest 513 1 319
Provisions 248 148
Advance payments from customers 139 704 124 130
Current liabilities 79 794 74 954
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 287 892 253 150

Swedish ICT Consolidated Balance Sheet

ASSETS (KSEK) 2014-12-31 2013-12-31
Intangible assets 6 748 12 710
Tangible assets 10 080 10 435
Financial assets 1 829 2 509
Inventories, Work in progress 68 353 77 467
Accounts receivables – trade 40 217 52 948
Other receivables 24 317 18 933
Cash and bank balances 136 348 78 148
TOTAL ASSETS 287 892 253 150
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Shareholders equity 68 146 52 599
Provisions 248 148
Advance payments from customers 139 704 124 130
Current liabilities 79 794 74 954
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 287 892 253 150

SUBSIDIARY REVENUE 2014

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REVENUE BREAKDOWN 2014

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SWEDISH ICT OVER THE YEARS

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Download the annual report for 2014 (English, PDF)

Download the leagal annual report 2014 (Swedish, PDF)


We are Swedish ICT

Swedish ICT is a group of world-class research institutes within Information and Communication Technology – ICT. The group compromises Acreo Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Viktoria Swedish ICT. We are a non-profit-distributing research organization. Owned by the Swedish Government through RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden(60%) and two stakeholder associations with members from the Swedish industry (40%).

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Located in 12 cities in Sweden, we employ some 400 researchers. We offer the public sector and private industries: ICT expertise, Pre-studies, Research and Innovation projects, Advanced testing environments and Our comprehensive network.

Our role is to work for sustainable growth in Sweden. Research results are to be converted into innovations that contribute to greater competitiveness and renewal in industry and society, and better quality of life. We do this in close collaboration with industry, public sector and academia.

We combine research excellence with industry professionals, offering specific ICT expertise and cross-functional solutions by gathering different disciplines and actors to effectively work together.

We are an independent partner for your research, development and innovation projects. There are many ways of collaborating with us: together in direct funded projects or public funded projects, as a partner in our competence centers, by using our testbeds and laboratory facilities, or by taking part in our outreach activities.

Governance. Acreo, SICS and Interactive Institute are wholly owned by Swedish ICT Research AB (parent company), Viktoria, is 91% owned. Majority-owned subsidiary companies for SICS are SICS East Swedish ICT AB – formerly Santa Anna – (91%) and SICS Swedish ICT Västerås AB (100%).

The CEO of Swedish ICT Research AB reports to the board which consists of 11 members. Two members are employee representatives. Board members are nominated by an election committee formed with representatives from each of the owners.

The CEO has a management group that consists of the vice president, the four CEOs of the research institutes, and the directors of finance, communication and business and strategy development. The board, together with the management group, is responsible for the general planning and development of the Swedish ICT group.

Policies for different issues are formulated at group level and implemented at the institutes as well as support functions are coordinated at group level. Swedish ICT coordinates and handles contacts with governmental organizations and owners. Specifically, Swedish ICT handles the strategic use of the core funding for developing new capabilities within the group and development of the group Business and Innovation Areas.


Boards of the institutes are elected by the board of Swedish ICT Research AB. Customers and partners engaged in different forms of cooperative projects and a yearly customer survey are examples of an ongoing dialogue that provides valuable input on customer needs and to the direction of future research.

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Management group Swedish ICT: Hans Hentzell CEO Swedish ICT Research AB, Rolf Leidhammar Business and Strategy Development Swedish ICT Research AB, Leif Ljungqvist CEO Acreo Swedish ICT AB, Christer Norström CEO SICS Swedish ICT AB, Anette Novak CEO Interactive Institute Swedish ICT AB, Lena Nilsson Executive Assistant Swedish ICT Research AB, Per-Åke Olsson CEO Viktoria Swedish ICT AB, Lars-Erik Ridderström CFO Swedish ICT Research AB, Jenny Normark Sperens Director of Communications Swedish ICT Research AB, and Staffan Truvé Vice President Swedish ICT Research AB.

Board members Swedish ICT: Ulf Wahlberg Ericsson AB (Chairman), Catarina Coquand Malmö University, Sabine Koch Karolinska Institutet, Anders Bruse recently from TeliaSonera AB, Martin Heiman Volvo 3P, Olof Sandén RISE AB, Dan Jangblad SAAB AB, and Hans Hentzell Swedish ICT Research AB. Employee Representatives: Anna Malmström Acreo Swedish ICT AB, Anders Ericsson Acreo Swedish ICT AB, Åsa Rudström SICS Swedish ICT AB, and Thomas Ringström SICS Swedish ICT AB.

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