How digitalisation is changing Stockholm from the inside out

Street lamps linked to emergency services. Drones delivering milk to your door. It may sound like science fiction, but in Stockholm it may be closer than you think.

How digitalisation is changing Stockholm from the inside out
A vision for the city of the future. Photo: Skanska

As Stockholm prepares for 5G wireless technology, countless projects are already underway to help make it the world’s ‘smartest’ city.

But the digital revolution currently taking place in Stockholm isn’t limited to fast internet connections and mobile payments. Rather, new technology is transforming the very idea of what a city is.

“Thanks to digitalisation, office spaces, public transport, logistics…everything could look different in a new city,” says Mats Rönnbo, director of development at Swedish construction firm Skanska.

And how is Stockholm adapting to this fast-approaching digital future?

A few people on the front lines of helping Stockholm create the city of the future offered some of their thoughts on what's in store.

Read how Stockholm is leading cities' digital revolution

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Invest Stockholm.


Watch this Swede’s incredible marble machine play music

He's making a noise with a unique instrument that creates music using 2000 marbles.

Watch this Swede's incredible marble machine play music
Gothenburg musician Martin Molin with the unusual contraption. Photo: Samuel Westergren
The unusual wooden machine, crafted by musician Martin Molin, 33, makes tunes using marbles which travel along tracks and interact with drums, cymbals and a vibrophone.
Using engineering and physics expertise, the contraption is powered using a hand crank which kick starts the process, mobilizing a central wheel which shoots the small round balls into action.
The impressive music created sounds as if it has been produced by multiple musicians or a complex computer programme.
A video of the completed project, produced by fellow Swede Hannes Knutsson, had scored more than 55,000 views by 5pm on Wednesday, after being uploaded just a day earlier.
Meanwhile social media also cranked into action as fellow Swedes and global fans alike sounded off about the invention.

Molin, who hails from Karlstad in central Sweden, but is now based in Gothenburg and plays in the band Wintergatan, spent 14 months bringing his idea to life, despite first imagining it would only take two.
He recently joked on the project's website that the initiative had been far more tricky than he imagined.
“The closer the machine gets to be finished the harder it gets to finish it. It is strange how that happens, when the finish line is in sight, everything slows down automatically except the avalanche of new unforeseen problems,” he said. 
“We need to start making music now and spend less time picking up marbles from the floor soon soon soon. But it is happening.”