Learn Why Smart City Platforms Could be Right for Your City at ARC Forum

By Larry O'Brien

Industry Trends

Smart city platforms are a relatively new offering to the market. They are a true "system of systems," able to consolidate data from different sources and formats to get a true and holistic picture of everything that is happening in a city with a "single pane of glass" environment.  I can't think of a city that wouldn't benefit from having a smart city platform in place, and they are highly scalable, able to handle smaller applications expand.  Many end-users, however, are still unaware of what a smart city platform even is or what kind of benefits it can provide, from social benefits to citizens to environmental and economic benefits.  At the ARC Forum on Wed. Feb. 17 at 10 AM ET, ARC will host an in-depth session on smart city platforms that will include some industry-leading experts from cities, infrastructure corporations, solution providers, and suppliers that will break it all down and show the benefits already being realized.  You can view the main ARC Smart City Forum landing page here and you can register here.  

ARC Forum Smart City Platforms

What Are The Benefits of Smart City Platforms?

Like industrial and commercial enterprises, cities and communities face increased pressure to cut costs and be more efficient.  Smart city plat-forms offer the potential to reduce maintenance costs and the installed cost of systems.  Energy and maintenance savings are often the low-hanging fruit.  Energy usage is of prime importance to municipally owned utilities and rural electrical cooperatives.  Both purchase power from power generating entities like investor-owned utilities or generation and transmission (G&T) co-ops.  

End users in the smart cities sector are increasingly looking at their sys-tems from a lifecycle cost perspective.  At the OT level, operational cost is typically more than three times as much as the installed cost of a sys-tem.  Smart city platforms can support predictive maintenance strate-gies that can reduce these costs considerably.  And because they offer common tools for reporting and visualization, the platforms can make it easier to implement these programs from the top down.  Implementing a smart city platform can help reduce municipal waste, lighting, and other costs by over 30 percent.  On the engineering side, smart city plat-forms have the potential to significantly reduce project implementation and startup costs.  

This session will be moderated by ARC Vice President of Research Larry O'Brien Speakers include:

Tibor Schwartz is Senior Advisor at QIC Global Infrastructure.  Tibor joined QIC Global Infrastructure in early 2017, currently managing 19 direct assets with A$15B funds under management.  His focus is on supporting the active core asset management strategy, driving sustainable improvement in operations, technology and process innovation, assessment, and selective adoption of emerging technologies across the investment portfolio.  Tibor has 30 year experience from leading fund managers, ICT and management consulting including QIC, Telstra, Ericsson, Vodafone, NBN, Partners in Performance, and serving clients in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific across a range of industries.  He co-founded and led the Digital Practice serving clients in transport, energy & utilities, telecoms, ICT, and agriculture.  He co-founded the Wireless Broadband Alliance which has become an important place for collaboration for the top 100 technology and telecom companies globally.

Amber Kohlberg is a Management Analyst at the City of Columbus, Ohio.  Amber has  5 years of financial management/accounting work experience.  She has been working for the City of Columbus since 2019 in the Parking Services division.   Amber’s area of expertise is financial and data driven analysis to inform company decisions.

Anthony Veri is Director of Smart Cities and Mobility at Integrated Network Concepts.  Anthony has over 18 years of experience in communications and IT, his last 5 years have been focusing on smart technology, wireless networks, and cybersecurity.  Having a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he leverages lean and continuous improvement methodologies to drive smart decision making, new efficiencies, and reduced defects and waste.  Anthony is vendor agnostic, which opens the doors for best solution planning and design when it comes to smart cities and smart buildings.  His relationships and training with Tech Giants, SMBs, and Startups gives him vast knowledge of leading and future technology.

Panelists include: 

Matt Willenbrink is Chief Commercial Officer at Fybr.  Matt has over 25 years of experience positioning technology for success.  With broad experience in strategy, business development, marketing, product management, and digital development, Matt uses a systems approach to consistently deliver results. Throughout his career, he has worked with multi-national clients, such as Microsoft, Kraft Foods, American Express, and Monsanto, in addition to early adopters of emergent and disruptive technologies —all with a proven track record of creating an enhanced market presence and company growth.  He is also an author/presenter on subjects encompassing the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, business transformation, IoT, digital strategy, and technology trends in the maker and smart city spaces.

Robert Hylton is Co Founder and COO of Transpara.  Robert is a technology industry entrepreneur and executive with over 25 years of experience in the software industry. Transpara is the 3rd company with the same management team, including one that was sold to Rockwell and the other to OSIsoft. Additionally, Robert spent 10 years at Microsoft leading global product, marketing, and sales teams. At Transpara, he is responsible for all sales, marketing, and commercial activities in addition to his active role in the user experience design of the software.



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