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The Smart City Podcast
41 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Smart City Podcast - Larry O'Brien Interviews Andre Ristaino of ISA on Cybersecurity Issues in 2022
The ARC Smart City Podcast is back and this time we interview Andre Ristaino who is managing director at ISA, the International Society of Automation. Those in the world of smart cities may not be familiar with ISA, but most of those in the power and energy industry probably are. ISA creates and administers industrial and OT level standards that apply to critical infrastructure and manufacturing. Their standards are very widely adopted in these sectors not just in North America but around the world. ISA has put a huge amount of effort into developing cybersecurity standards used at the OT level. The ISA 99 standards committee first began its work on a comprehensive industrial and OT level cybersecurity standard back in 2002. The standard has since been adopted internationally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as the IEC 62443 Standard. ISA also supports a huge range of other cybersecurity-related efforts such as ISA Secure product certification, the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance, training programs, and liaisons with other standards bodies like NIST and NERC. ISA's cybersecurity standards and other related efforts like ISA Secure have huge potential for smart cities and critical infrastructure. They're already being adopted in the electric power, water and wastewater, and building automation sectors. This podcast gives a great overview of what ISA can do for you in the realm of cybersecurity, what the standards are, and some key resources for end-users and owner/operators of OT-level technologies and assets.
49 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Powering EV Fleets - a Conversation with ChargePoint VP of Fleet, Rich Mohr, hosted by Eduard Fidler
Vehicle Electrification has been gaining serious momentum lately for personal and commercial vehicles alike. Fleets are electrifying to reduce TCO and carbon footprint, improve driver/customer experience, and comply with a growing body of regulation. Private drivers mostly charge their vehicles at home, but rely on public charging networks to extend their range. Networks and fleets alike use software solutions to effectively manage and optimize energy use, govern access control, billing, customer perks and privileges, and more. In this episode, ARC Transport Analyst Eduard Fidler sits down with Rich Mohr, VP of Fleet at ChargePoint to talk about the state of fleet electrification and what makes a deployment successful
41 minutes | May 19, 2021
Larry O'Brien Interviews TCS on Smart City Platforms for Workplace Resilience
In this most recent episode of the ARC Smart City Podcast, we sit down with Sachin Gangwar and Yuvarajan U of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to talk about the value of smart city platforms, particularly about the impact of COVID-19 as a catalyst for digital transformation and increased adoption of IoT platforms for smart cities. TCS has its own smart city platform called IUX, which offers a comprehensive solution for workplace resilience. Many cities and enterprises are faced with a number of new challenges when it comes to managing worker health and safety in the midst of the pandemic. Suddenly, worker health and wellness have become a major factor in risk management for any organization. Even for organizations where worker safety is of particular concern because of potentially hazardous environments, COVID presents new challenges in preserving worker health and safety when it comes to shift scheduling, congregation avoidance, contact tracing, and publicly available health data. these are all different sources of data that must be integrated into a common environment so they can be viewed holistically and managed in a consistent and standardized manner. Smart city platforms can be a great way to implement workplace resilience solutions to ensure the health and safety of workers are preserved in both operational (OT) and enterprise environments. Sachin and Yuvarajan both discuss the burgeoning need for these solutions, not just today as a response to the pandemic, but in the future as well. With COVID, the workforce is also becoming more distributed, which will be a long-term trend even after COVID. This also presents new risks. from the podcast:"Employees will be working in a distributed manner going forward, because that is something which organizations have realized. And it's something which is working, it's the new normal Now, what it means is because the employees are working in a distributed manner, it becomes very important that you have to monitor the risk these employees will be facing, because they now would be working in different environments, environmental risk COVID being one of them. Other environmental risks will become very important to monitor, and you have to see the impact whenever such an event happens. So, our solution is mainly addressing that key concept about a distributed workforce, how you can actually assess the risk in a distributed workforce."On the relevance of workplace resilience solutions moving forward:"These solutions are still relevant beyond the COVID-19 situation. If you see these enterprises, municipalities, and all other organizations, we're learning how these were liabilities in their safety or compliance or operations or their customer interactions. All these vulnerabilities can destroy the chain of the business and can continue to do so during a crisis, whether it is a pandemic like COVID-19, or a natural disaster, or political or social unrest. And this pandemic menace stimulated the development of new solutions that leverage the insights of IoT and other data sources to understand and predict that are helping organizations to recover more quickly and build resilience."More information about the TCS IUX platform can be found here. ARC's Smart City Digital Transformation Council also did a recent webinar on TCS IUX that goes into a lot more depth and you can access more information about that webinar here.
36 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Larry O'Brien Interviews Sanjeet Pandit, Global Head of Smart Cities for Qualcomm
In this latest ARC Smart City Podcast, Larry O'Brien of the ARC smart cities team interviews Sanjeet Pandit, global head of smart cities and smart connected spaces at Qualcomm Technologies. Our conversation covers a broad swath of smart city technologies and applications, from smart city platforms to 5G and IoT. We talk about Qualcomm's capabilities and the technologies they offer, but most importantly we go over several use cases for smart city technologies, from addressing COVID-19 challenges to creating digital twins to the successful implementation of projects. We also go into the topic of how many cities are reorganizing to break down the siloes of functionality that exist between various departments in cities and critical infrastructure. It's a wide-ranging discussion with an industry veteran with a lot of insight, which is something we always try to bring you at the ARC Smart Cities Podcast. Here are a few words from Sanjeet on the General Spread of Advanced Technologies in the smart city space:"I think this has been a time where technology adoption has taken off in multiple use cases, it's not just about smart cities, but mostly it is more of a use case solving a rendered outcome-based deployments. We are seeing a resurgence in our cities trying to get more and more sustainable. Cities are adopting technologies that are much open approach, they want to make sure they're prepared for,( God forbid) the next pandemic. There has been a digital divide that has been very, very apparent during this difficult period that we all went through. Technology is now moving into spaces where people did not even imagine it would be there.On 5G and AI:"With the combination of 5G and AI, it's going to change the way we're looking at smart cities in general. In 5G, we're already seeing a lot of growth in privately deployed 5G networks, especially what you said about CCTV and video analytics, right. So, I think we have this kind of convergence of pretty powerful edge processing right now. "You can find out more about Qualcomm's smart city and connected space capabilities here: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/smart-citiesAnd check out the ARC smart cities blog here: https://www.arcweb.com/blog/smart-cities-viewpoints
49 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Utilities’ Role in the Electric Vehicle Transition – an Update from Eversource’s James Cater Hosted by Eddie Fidler
ARC transportation analyst Eddie Fidler sits down with James Cater, program lead for Electric Vehicles at Eversource, to discuss the utility’s ongoing efforts to boost EV adoption in New England through the Make Ready Program, among others.
41 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
The Top Smart City Technologies for 2021 - A Conversation with the Experts
Jim Frazer VP Smart Cities at ARC Advisory Group, is joined by Larry O'Brien ARC's VP of Cybersecurity as well as Richard Rys Senior Energy Analyst and Eduard Fidler, ARC's Transportation Analyst for a discussion on the most impactful Smart City technologies in 2021.
15 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
The Top Twenty - Political Factors that Impact Smart City Developments - Part 5 of a 5 Part Series
Jim Frazer explores twenty political factors that are driving Smart City projects and initiatives worldwide. In addition he discusses the upcoming ARC Smart City Forum's special FREE ticket offer for members of the ARC Smart Cities community. Please register for that here: https://bit.ly/3oIcpZJ
66 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
The Biden Administration's Transportation Policies 2021-2025 - A Conversation with the Experts
In this episode ARC smart city team analysts Eddie Fidler, Jim Frazer, Larry OBrien, and Rick Rys discuss changes to US transportation policies with the incoming administration and how these changes will affect smart city sectors including energy storage, drones, autonomous and connected vehicles, drones, vehicle electrification and mobility.
14 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
The Top Twenty - Environmental Factors that Impact Smart City Developments - Part 4 of a 5 Part Series
Jim Frazer explores twenty environmental factors that are driving Smart City projects and initiatives worldwide. In addition he discusses the upcoming ARC Smart City Forum's special FREE ticket offer for members of the ARC Smart Cities community. Please register for that here: https://bit.ly/3oIcpZJ
15 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
The Top Twenty - Economic Factors that Impact Smart City Developments - Part 3 of a 5 Part Series
Jim Frazer explores twenty economic social factors that are driving Smart City projects and initiatives worldwide. In addition he discusses the upcoming ARC Smart City Forum's special FREE ticket offer for members of the ARC Smart Cities community. Please register for that here: https://bit.ly/3oIcpZJ
15 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
The Top Twenty - Technological Factors that Impact Smart City Developments - Part 2 of a 5 Part Series
Jim Frazer explores twenty technological factors that are driving Smart City projects and initiatives worldwide. In addition he discusses the upcoming ARC Smart City Forum's special FREE ticket offer for members of the ARC Smart Cities community. Please register for that here: https://bit.ly/3oIcpZJ
14 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
The Top Twenty - Social Factors that Impact Smart City Developments - Part 1 of a 5 Part Series
Jim Frazer explores twenty social factors that are driving Smart City projects and initiatives worldwide. In addition he discusses the upcoming ARC Smart City Forum's special FREE ticket offer for members of the ARC Smart Cities community. Please register for that here: https://bit.ly/3oIcpZJ
12 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Join us at the ARC Virtual Smart City Forum with Jim Frazer
ARC Virtual Forums have become “must attend” events for industrial operations and IT management. And now the most influential gathering of thought leaders and technology evangelists in our industry, The ARC Industry Forum, is going virtual for 2021 and expanding to incorporate parallel Smart Cities and Supply Chain Management Programs.Companies and public agencies mean different things when they use the term "Smart Cities" or “Digital Transformation.” For some organizations, it means replacing manual, paper, and pencil processes with digital data and process support. For others, it means using IoT and unified dashboards. For some, it means applying machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in order to create actionable business intelligence. Private and public organizations worldwide are undergoing true digital transformation. The Coronavirus has highlighted the need for more agility to handle events both planned and unexpected. The pandemic and global trade wars have highlighted the necessities of resilience and sustainability. On the ground, field device networks, connectivity, artificial intelligence and machine learning are enhancing the ability to perform true demand-driven responses as well as granular forecasting. Clean Energy, Smart Cities, and Digital Transformation conjures many futuristic concepts and images! These are all explored at the ARC Industry Forum Smart Energy & Cities Program. The This Program kicks off with a free workshop on Smart City Planning using the IEEE Smart City P2784 standard. The program continues with session blocks that address the broad range of Smart City applications, including lighting, smart grid, electric and connected vehicles, building automation, and much more. Each session is comprised of multiple practitioner speakers, followed by a robust panel discussion which includes executives from leading suppliers. Woven through this series are detailed discussions of the transformative technologies that are driving astounding application developments and investment returns.Our presenters are practitioners with direct hands-on knowledge of successes and obstacles. All presentations are 100% educational and are carefully constructed to provide practical, usable, common sense guidance.
45 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Nokia Talks 5G & Smart City Platforms with Larry O'Brien
In the last episode of the year, we go out on a high note with a great discussion on the value of smart city platforms with Nokia -- a formidable smart city platform provider with its Integrated Operations Center. This discussion includes Arnaud Legrand, who leads Nokia's public sector marketing efforts, and Danial Mausoof, global head of enterprise sales. We discuss a range of topics, from how to build a good use case for the deployment of smart city platforms to how to obtaining funding for projects. In many cases, smart city platform projects don't successfully expand from the pilot projects where they were initially installed. We also discuss how to break these silos and achieve the true benefit of a smart city platform, which is to provide a common environment for visualizing and managing data from multiple systems functioning across city operational domains. We also talk about the looming impact of 5G on smart city platforms.
15 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Trends in Operator Training in Oil, Gas, Chemicals, and Nuclear Industry with Greg Dearwater of CORYS
ARC interviews Greg Dearwater from CORYS and discusses operator training in difficult market conditions in the refining and nuclear business. The discussion includes new trends and developments in 3D modeling (Virtual Reality) for console and field operators. Greg describes includes how to include scenarios that challenge operators for abnormal situations.
60 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
The Biden Administration's Energy Policy & Related Impacts on Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution as well as on Vehicle Electrification & Mobility
In this episode ARC smart city team analysts Eddie Fidler, Jim Frazer, Larry OBrien, and Rick Rys discuss changes to US energy policy with the incoming administration and how these changes will affect smart city sectors like power, energy management, and mobility.
54 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Powering the EV Revolution - a Conversation with ChargePoint SVP of Product Bill Loewenthal, hosted by Eduard Fidler
Vehicle Electrification has been gaining serious momentum lately for personal and commercial vehicles alike. Fleets are electrifying to reduce TCO and carbon footprint, improve driver/customer experience, and comply with a growing body of regulation. Private drivers mostly charge their vehicles at home, but rely on public charging networks to extend their range. Networks and fleets alike use software solutions to effectively manage and optimize energy use, govern access control, billing, customer perks and privileges, and more. In this episode Bill Loewenthal, SVP of Product at ChargePoint, shares how his company’s portfolio of solutions is helping power the EV revolution.
43 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Smart City Podcast - Larry O'Brien Interviews Anthony Veri of Integrated Network Concepts on Smart City Platforms
In this podcast, we talk with Anthony Veri of solution provider Integrated Network Concepts. Anthony has a wealth of knowledge and experience helping end-users select and install smart city platforms, and we talk about a range of issues, from the impact of COVID-19 and how it is accelerating digital transformation in smart cities to the selection, specification, and value proposition of smart city platforms. If you are considering the implementation of a smart city platform, or even if you already have one installed, you should give this episode a listen.
40 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Improving the Lifecycle Management of Critical Infrastructure with George Thomas of New Urbana
George Thomas discusses challenges and opportunities of the Smart City ecosystem with a particular focus on the three pillars of successful projects, the end-users, the suppliers and the finance community. Included is a detailed discussion of co-innovation as well as the structured facilitation required between these communities ion order to make collaboration projects scalable and repeatable.
46 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Smart City Networks Start with a Foundation of Connected Streetlights - Amir Hirsch, Telematics Wireless / ST Engineering
Amir Hirsch describes the dramatic impacts of streetlighting controls that go far beyond the control of lighting. Energy, water, and transportation systems and solutions are examined in-depth in this insightful podcast!
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