Smart Cities Viewpoints

Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing operational excellence.

Sep
11
2019
Wasay Rashid — Industry Trends

Saudi Arabia’s New Economic Cities

Economic Cities are a strategic project for the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia.  ‘Vision 2030’ is driving the efforts to diversify and modernize its economy.
Aug
23
2019
Jim Frazer — Industry Trends

Building Smart Cities - Solving the Implementation Paradox

The Smart City Implementation Paradox describes the situation that the Smart City ecosystem finds in widely divergent situations worldwide. In short, while there is a plethora of very compelling applications, many with very short financial paybacks – the adoption rate of these solutions has been increasing however at a rate that is far below even the most conservative forecasts. One approach to surmount this obstacle is to have a much better, very comprehensive understanding of the communities that drive the decision-making – or decision-delaying, along with their underlying user needs.
Aug
23
2019
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

ARC-IEEE Webinar Series: Smart City Planning

The smart cities team at ARC will be conducting a series of webinars with the IEEE exploring various topics related to smart cities, buildings, and infrastructure.  The first of these is coming up soon, Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 11 AM Eastern Time and will feature the head of our smart cities practice, Jim Fazer.  Jim will talk about the process of building smart cities with the IEEE Smart City Planning and Technology Standard P2784.  Upcoming sessions focus on energy, cybersecurity, electric vehicles, lighting, software platforms, and much more
Aug
13
2019
Eddie Fidler — Industry Trends

Diesel Price Volatility Drives Fleet Electrification

ARC Advisory Group has been writing about the compelling case for fleet electrification over the last year including here, here, and here. In short, companies are starting to turn to electric powertrains to avoid the various pitfalls of diesel (and gasoline for lighter-duty vehicles)
Jul
25
2019
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

Developing Effective Smart Building Cybersecurity

Smart cities and critical infrastructure both face major cybersecurity-related challenges.  Today’s rapid adoption of IoT technologies, the convergence of IT and OT environments, drive toward ubiquitous connectivity, and resource constraints are all major challenges when it comes to implementing a good cybersecurity program for smart cities and infrastructure.  The 2019 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida featured a dedicated track on smart cities and infrastructure.  Here, end-users shared their experiences in justifying and implementing smart building cybersecurity.    
Jul
24
2019
Eddie Fidler — Industry Trends

The Promising Potential of Community Solar

To meet climate goals, nations will need to reduce power gen emissions by both increasing energy efficiency and developing renewable energy resources.  Community solar technology can help get us closer to this goal.  
Jul
15
2019
Wasay Rashid — Technology Trends

Railway Express: RFID in Rail Transport

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is an effective technology for automatic equipment identification that can greatly enhance information visibility and availability. It is the leading automatic identification technology used in the transportation industry. 
Jul
10
2019
Eddie Fidler — Technology Trends

Smart Parking Systems at the 2019 ARC Industry & City Forum

At the 2019 ARC Industry & City Forum in Orlando, I chaired an illuminating session on the future of the parking industry. I was joined by leaders from SP+, CloudParc, and Walker Consultants to discuss trends and trajectories in the space. Speakers shared their perspectives and experiences in the industry and joined a panel discussion, which concluded with audience questions.
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