Theo Kanter is Dutch and moved to Sweden in 1980 after an engineering degree and was employed by Ericsson. He has worked as a researcher and research manager at various companies in the Telia and Ericsson spheres. After the dissertation in 2001 at the Royal Institute of Technology in computer communications, he has been senior researcher at Ericsson Research and a visiting researcher at Wireless @ KTH. His research focused on user and sensor information for smart wireless Internet services that could be used via heterogeneous communication infrastructure.


“We were way ahead of our time then. Sweden had not even access to 3G at the time. But now it has started to happen - all that we wrote about in the early 2000s,” says Theo Kanter.

It's about research primarily in the wireless communications, multimedia and sensors (at the user, at home or in the environment) that can be combined in mobile and broadband services to make them intelligent, reacting to what we are doing or going on around us and give us new interactive experiences.

2008 Theo Kanter became professor at mid-University, where he is responsible for Sensible Reality research with a research in the intersection ubiquitous connectivity, multimedia, sensors. Theo’s research is focused on services and the use of the platform is created.

“We also study how services behave and how we can link it all together including smart objects”, says Theo Kanter. “We study such things as art and democracy are affected, and we are interested in smart energy.”

In the studies of services researchers use Acreo broadband testbed. The research has already produced visible results, such as smart objects, smart energy and smart travel. Research generates huge amounts of data, and Theo Kanter will work with Professor Henrik Boström at DSV to analyze data sets and find patterns to make intelligent decisions.

“ Within DSV I also interact with Rebecca Forsberg within interactive digital theatre to provide opportunities for remote participation. Another area is e-government for citizens to participate in the democratic process. Or if providing elderly with care that better match today's needs,” Theo Kanter explains.

Internet of things
Research within the Future Internet - what is called Internet of Things. It's about smart sensors with wireless connectivity to the network. Internet as we know it today will still be here, but what is new is that it be expanded with more connected artefacts as a way of integrating the real and digital world.

“We have discuss what the common infrastructure should be”, he emphasizes. “We need standardization of the area. What immediately comes to mind is the European standards body ETSI and IPSO Alliance”.

DSV’s contribution to the next generation of Internet can be research on services. DSV has the researchers, the availability of the test beds through collaboration with Ericsson and Acreo, e.g. in Norra Djurgårdsstaden, and has experience in analyzing large amounts of data generated. We need a strategic dialogue at DSV, and Theo expects to provide strategic perspective for future applications. And Theo Kanter has high hopes for the future.

“In Sweden we have a head start through the link with the expanded mobile networks that provide us with broadband internet access. There is a strong interest within the EU, and we at DSV have a good opportunity to build a strong position. We now have to show that we have multiple answers,”Theo Kanter concludes.

This interview in Swedish.