Development of a Smart Future under Society 5.0

A special issue of Data (ISSN 2306-5729). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Systems and Data Management".

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Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, 6000 Koper, Slovenia
Interests: management; human resources; industry 4.0; smart factories; smart cities; occupational health

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Department of Informatics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, 10020 Zagreb, Croatia
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World complexity science academy (WCSA), 40121 Bologna, Italy
Interests: industry 4.0; smart cities; social media; sustainable development

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University of Maribor, Maribor 2000, Slovenia
Interests: human resource management; risis management; risk management

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Dear Colleagues,

Society 5.0 is synonymous with the digital society of the future. It is a modern development concept that has grown into a global phenomenon and represents an opportunity to transform the economy and society with the goal of long-term sustainable development and economic growth. It will create a better society, with people at the forefront, while bringing together the real and the virtual world based on the development of Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 has matured and is on the verge of ushering the new period of Society 5.0. Indeed, the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 through the improvement of production processes and the introduction of robotics in processes have stimulated reflection on how all this will affect the situation outside the smart factories.

We expect manuscripts that can discuss different aspects of Society 5.0: a business aspect that includes innovation and the development of business models; a social aspect that includes the 17 sustainable development goals; and a technological aspect that includes the Internet of Things, robotics, advanced robots, cyber physical systems, augmented reality, simulation, horizontal and vertical system integration, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), cloud computing cybersecurity, trajectory data, big data, and big data analytics. The use of big data is expected to increase in the coming years and will play a major role in promoting the development of society. In general, all contributions regarding Society 5.0 and Industry 4.0 can be included in this Special Issue.

Dr. Maja Meško
Prof. Dr. Mirjana Pejić Bach
Dr. Mag. Vasja Roblek
Dr. Polona Sprajc 
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Keywords

  • society 5.0
  • industry 4.0
  • future development
  • smart cities
  • smart factories
  • big data
  • trajectory data
  • trajectory data analysis

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Transitioning to Society 5.0 in Africa: Tools to Support ICT Infrastructure Sharing
by Kennedy Nomamidobo Amadasun, Michael Short, Rajesh Shankar-Priya and Tracey Crosbie
Data 2021, 6(7), 69; https://doi.org/10.3390/data6070069 - 25 Jun 2021
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Society 5.0 represents an opportunity to transform the economy and create a digital society with the goal of long-term sustainable development and economic growth. There is a growing importance of boosting ICT as an effective and efficient means of achieving this transformation, and [...] Read more.
Society 5.0 represents an opportunity to transform the economy and create a digital society with the goal of long-term sustainable development and economic growth. There is a growing importance of boosting ICT as an effective and efficient means of achieving this transformation, and Target 9c of the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to ‘Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries’. Mobile telecommunication systems have become the most effective and convenient means of communicating in the world, and as such, they are revolutionizing business operations. Nigeria is the fastest growing telecommunication market in Africa, with approximately 298 million subscribers accommodated by over 53,000 base transceiver stations (BTSs) which are largely concentrated in urban areas. As a result of increasing subscribers, all mobile network service providers in Nigeria are building new BTSs, often without considering existing infrastructure. This has led to a proliferation of masts, defacing the environment and causing unnecessary environmental pollution as BTSs are largely powered by diesel generators. It is therefore becoming paramount for the telecommunication regulatory body in Nigeria to enforce principles of infrastructure sharing and the colocation of sites for all mobile network service provider BTSs to improve network availability, reliability, scalability, customer satisfaction and sustainability. This paper argues, through the development of ICT tools and their application to a case study, that infrastructure sharing and colocation of sites is not only feasible if supported correctly but also offers the potential to reduce operational and capital expenditure, reduce the number of BTSs required for the rapidly growing mobile telecoms industry in Nigeria and in doing so reduce environmental pollution. Full article
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Automation of Work Processes and Night Work
by Urška Kosem, Mirko Markič and Annmarie Gorenc Zoran
Data 2021, 6(6), 56; https://doi.org/10.3390/data6060056 - 26 May 2021
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Background: Automation of production processes is not just a simple replacement of a person in production, but it should lead to the success of an organization and contribute to the sustainable development of society and the natural environment. The aim of our study [...] Read more.
Background: Automation of production processes is not just a simple replacement of a person in production, but it should lead to the success of an organization and contribute to the sustainable development of society and the natural environment. The aim of our study was to find out whether the level of automation of production processes affects the proportion of night work hours of production workers and whether employers are willing to automate production processes to achieve a lower number of night work hours. Methods: We used a quantitative approach to collect primary data through the survey method. The questionnaire was completed by 502 large and medium-sized manufacturing companies in Slovenia. Results: We found no statistically significant correlation between the level of automation of production processes and the percentage of night work hours of production workers. We also found that the reduction of the proportion of night work does not appear to be the main motivator for the introduction of automation of production processes. Conclusions: Based on the results, we rejected the assumption that automation of production processes has a direct impact on the proportion of night work. Moreover, our study will benefit all those who are concerned with the automation of production processes and night work. Full article
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Industry 4.0 and Proactive Works Council Members
by Mari Božič, Annmarie Gorenc Zoran and Matej Jevšček
Data 2021, 6(5), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/data6050047 - 30 Apr 2021
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Background: Integrating Industry 4.0 technologies in organizations affects employees’ workplaces and working conditions. Works Council members play an essential role in this because as intermediaries of information between employees and management, they increase mutual trust and help introduce changes in the work environment. [...] Read more.
Background: Integrating Industry 4.0 technologies in organizations affects employees’ workplaces and working conditions. Works Council members play an essential role in this because as intermediaries of information between employees and management, they increase mutual trust and help introduce changes in the work environment. This article discusses the Works Council members’ autopoietic endowments that are necessary for their proactive activity, which we discuss as building blocks for creating constructive relationships with management and quality energy in an organization. As such, we were interested in examining whether the autopoietic endowments of Works Council members influenced the type of relationship with the Works Council and management, and whether this relationship affected Works Council members’ organizational energy. Methods: A questionnaire was developed, piloted and distributed to Works Council Members, and 220 completed questionnaires were returned. Results: We found that the higher the level of self-awareness, the better the relationship between Works Council members and management. Moreover, poor energy represented poor relationships, and poor relationships signified a higher degree of resigned inertia and corrosive energy. Conclusions: Our research provides managements with insights into the relationship between employees and management, and the quality of their organizational energy. Full article
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Innovation Trajectories for a Society 5.0
by Fabio De Felice, Marta Travaglioni and Antonella Petrillo
Data 2021, 6(11), 115; https://doi.org/10.3390/data6110115 - 10 Nov 2021
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Big Data, the Internet of Things, and robotic and augmented realities are just some of the technologies that belong to Industry 4.0. These technologies improve working conditions and increase productivity and the quality of industry production. However, they can also improve life and [...] Read more.
Big Data, the Internet of Things, and robotic and augmented realities are just some of the technologies that belong to Industry 4.0. These technologies improve working conditions and increase productivity and the quality of industry production. However, they can also improve life and society as a whole. A new perspective is oriented towards social well-being and it is called Society 5.0. Industry 4.0 supports the transition to the new society, but other drivers are also needed. To guide the transition, it is necessary to identify the enabling factors that integrate Industry 4.0. A conceptual framework was developed in which these factors were identified through a literature review and the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) methodology. Furthermore, the way in which they relate was evaluated with the help of the interpretive structural modeling (ISM) methodology. The proposed framework fills a research gap, which has not yet consolidated a strategy that includes all aspects of Society 5.0. As a result, the main driver, in addition to technology, is international politics. Full article
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The Interaction between Internet, Sustainable Development, and Emergence of Society 5.0
by Vasja Roblek, Maja Meško, Mirjana Pejić Bach, Oshane Thorpe and Polona Šprajc
Data 2020, 5(3), 80; https://doi.org/10.3390/data5030080 - 08 Sep 2020
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(1) Background: The importance of this article is to analyze the technological developments in the field of the Internet and Internet technologies and to determine their significance for sustainable development, which will result in the emergence of Society 5.0. (2) The authors used [...] Read more.
(1) Background: The importance of this article is to analyze the technological developments in the field of the Internet and Internet technologies and to determine their significance for sustainable development, which will result in the emergence of Society 5.0. (2) The authors used automated content analysis for the analysis of 552 articles published in 306 scientific journals indexed by SCII and/or SCI - EXPANDED (Web of Science (WOS) platform). The goal of the research was to present the relationship between the Internet and sustainable development. (3) Results: The results of the analysis show that the top four most important themes in the selected journals were “development”, “information”, “data”, and “business and services”. (4) Conclusions: Our research approach emphasizes the importance of the culmination of scientific innovation with the conceptual, technological and contextual frameworks of the Internet and Internet technology usage and its impact on sustainable development and the emergence of the Society 5.0. Full article
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