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ARC's Smart Cities Advisory Service provides the intelligence you need to incorporate the latest developments in digital transformation, industrial internet of things, operations management, asset management, automation, and cybersecurity.
The concept of a smart city is not new, but it is still nascent and the definition remains quite heterogenous. Broadly, a smart city is connected, intelligent and optimized by a municipality to reduce costs, increase safety, attract investment, be sustainable, and enhance livability. To get there will require smart governance, the education of a smart workforce and smart citizens, the digital transformation of assets, and the deployment of sensor networks with ubiquitous multimodal connectivity.
Cities and the infrastructure that connects and moves people are becoming much smarter. There are a range of technologies that have emerged to make cities, buildings and facilities smart, connected, and safe. These include geospatial and geosystems that can capture physical context and create virtual cities where the fusion of perception and reality is used to create an augmented digital reality. Physical safety is enhanced using this next-generation technology to provide security and to coordinate multiple agencies such as police, fire, emergency management, and communications. This would include command and control centers that enable inter-agency communication and collaboration using advanced technologies like mobile wireless centers, unifying physical security monitoring (video cameras, perimeter security, etc). These smart technologies include intelligence gathering for threat assessment, UAVs/drones, mobile robots, etc. You can leverage technologies such as virtual mapping and large scale virtual modeling for cities and facilities.
Smart Cities & Infrastructure Topics Covered
ARC has a team of analysts whose focus is researching, analyzing, and consulting in all areas related to infrastructure and smart cities including:
- Automation & Smart Sensors
- Digital Transformation
- Energy Management & Sustainability
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Logistics & Supply Chain
- Operations Management
- Predictive Asset Management
- Safety and Cybersecurity
- Smart Buildings and Facilities
- Smart Transportation
- System Architecture
- Technology Evaluation and Selection
- and more...
Our experienced team of analysts and consultants does more than write reports and analyze market trends; we also offer personal contact and expert consultation customized to your specific needs. You can gain from ARC's thought leadership through our Advisory Services.
Advisory Service clients enjoy direct and immediate telephone and email access to all of ARC's industry experts. The senior ARC consultant assigned to your account, backed by ARC's entire research team, will be an invaluable addition to your staff. You can get answers to questions on emerging technologies, enterprise applications, plant automation, as well as strategic issues. Here are some examples of questions you can ask our analysts:
- What technologies and products fit my industry and should be adopted?
- How should I go about selecting suppliers?
- What type of partnership contract should I sign?
- What method should I use to cost justify my projects?
- Which technologies provide the best ROI?
The ability to speak directly with the ARC analysts is one of the most valuable features of ARC's Advisory Services. The information and assistance you receive is customized to your requirements. ARC can provide an impartial expert viewpoint to help you make strategic decisions. Advisory Service clients also receive preferential rates and priorities for consulting services covering a wide range of activities including vendor qualification, executive technology briefings, product specification, strategic planning, alliances, acquisitions, and market research.
ARC's market research efforts give us a unique perspective and ability to answer wide ranging questions. As an Advisory Service client you will be able to tap into a wealth of product knowledge and industry experience for assistance in making your strategic decisions. If you are involved in the planning, budgeting, specification, or selection of automation products and enterprise applications, ARC can help you make informed, cost-saving decisions.
Your strategy review session with ARC analysts will have an agenda that is tailored to meet your particular needs. In your strategy session, ARC typically presents an assessment of technology and industry trends affecting your business. Then, your team presents their strategic plan. An informed discussion provides the opportunity to gather strategic direction that improves and extends your business initiatives. Also, the ARC team has a better understanding of your needs so they can better serve you. During the Strategy Session, we can:
- Update your executives and staff on the latest trends in technologies, markets, and supplier directions
- Consider the impact of emerging technologies
- Review business practices and organization to meet today's challenges
- Discuss the benefits of new applications in enterprise or manufacturing systems
- Examine integrating enterprise applications with plant control systems
- Obtain an external view free of internal bias
ARC's analysts thoroughly understand enterprise, supply chain, internet of things, and automation systems with both researched industry knowledge as well as hands-on familiarity. Our people have years of personal experience working the business issues you face.
ARC Insights and Views are delivered weekly or as news happens to not only alert you to important events, but also to provide ARC's unique perspective on the impact they will have on the industry.
The dynamic nature of the industrial market can cause changes with immediate impact on your enterprise and automation projects or plans. ARC Insights and Views alert you to important events and trends, with analysis on its impact and recommendations for success. Breaking information can be the difference between costly mistakes or profitable new approaches.
ARC Insights and Views are delivered weekly in PDF format to all Advisory Service clients. They are also available on-line in the Client Only Portal.
ARC Strategies, Best Practices, and Solutions Guides are easy to read, yet packed with valuable information. The reports are praised by Advisory Service clients as being worth the price of the service in themselves. ARC Strategies and Solutions Guides provide in-depth coverage of applications, new technologies, or leading suppliers. ARC Best Practice reports identify the best practices used by the leading manufacturing companies related to specific topics of interest to our clients.
The reports are delivered monthly in PDF format to all Advisory Service clients. They are also available on-line in the Client Only Portal.
What technologies should you adopt and what suppliers should you work with to help position your company to take advantage of the latest round of technology changes while prioritizing your investments wisely? ARC Technology Evaluation and Selection Guides can help a technology selection team find common ground, with lower risk and in far less time.
ARC Advisory Service clients receive free forum tickets which can be used for any of ARC's forums. ARC conducts several executive forums each year around the world. These forums are designed to provide a strategic vision to help industry executives follow the direction of the industry, as well as provide a technology focus for IT, supply chain, engineering, maintenance and operational managers.
Please visit our Upcoming Events section for information on upcoming ARC Forums.
ARC analysts are well known for their expertise and are frequent speakers at many industry leading events. Would content from a premier analyst organization add credibility to your next presentation? Supporting slides from ARC Advisory Group will make your presentation more convincing. Prospects, customers, peers, and your management will value the inclusion of strategic direction from an independent analyst.
ARC analysts put extensive research and creativity into their presentations. Used to advise clients on strategic direction in ARC's world renowned Strategy Forums, these presentations are focused on the cutting-edge issues in enterprise, industrial internet of things, and automation systems. They are available for viewing by our Advisory Service clients on the Client Portal. With appropriate annotation, our clients have permission to use these slides in their presentations. Now, your search for the 'perfect slide' will be easier.
A subscription to ARC's Advisory Services includes access to a collaborative, on-line resource dedicated to ARC's clients. ARC Client Portal contains a vast amount of information based on extensive research conducted over the past decade. This includes all weekly and monthly reports, ARC Forum presentations, and more. Specific information can be easily found via the site's powerful search capabilities.