Pennoni Perspective Volume 22 • Issue 4 • Winter 2018/19 - Page 7

The study estimated that cities in the beginning stages of smart energy maturity would be able to realize a usage reduction per capita of $29.86 per year. How can our work with smart grids/OPTICS/Utilities Watch help impact this further? Energy efficiencies have been one of the biggest areas of improvement for innovative technologies. Energy savings are possible through operational savings in both existing and new equipment, the installation of alternative energies, Combined Heat and Power systems (CHP), microgrids for redundancy, and management of your energy spend through software such as Pennoni’s OPTICS™ or Utilities Watch. Energy is an excellent proving ground for our adaptive procurement technology. We also believe that a holistic approach, including the tuning and management of equipment and utility services before and after the meter is the ideal way to best manage energy. In the next three years cities expect a 141.7% increase in autonomous vehicles. How can we apply our smart solutions to prepare cities for this increase? We can debate “when” autonomous vehicles will be deployed but we cannot debate the fact that they will be deployed. There is more time being spent worldwide on the development of AVs than any other smart system. Since deployment is inevitable, the question is how do we best prepare? At Pennoni, we are looking at our transportation systems of the future and how they will need to change to accommodate the AV, while also considering urban planning, vehicle charging stations and techniques, fleet management, and vehicle sharing. As long as we view AVs in the context of the larger network of mobility choices, we can help shape the way people move by ensuring these mobility solutions integrate as seamlessly and logically as possible. Technologies will continue to accelerate in capability and ubiquity and it is Pennoni's job to recognize, understand, and embrace these trends in the design work produced to support the continued maintenance and expansion of the built world. How can we help our clients further their development in the use of data and data analytics when it comes to our facilities management offerings? The first rule of a Smart City is the use of data. Data has been coined the “new gold”. The use of this data through analytics allows our clients to make proactive rather than reactive choices in their marketplace. By adopting modern facilities management technologies, we can help clients better manage their assets, space, leases, fixed costs, and other associated items in a way never before possible. By making this data spatially aware, it allows for contextual visualization and ensures our clients have a last- ing ability to ask and receive answers to the very questions that drive major strategic decisions for their organization. Why are smart cities initiatives important for our clients? Smart Cities are those that best engage with their constituency and employ the latest technologies available. Pennoni prides itself on our ability to be at the forefront of these technologies and then to recommend to our clients which ones would best fit their needs. Public and private organizations of all sizes continue to seek ways to deliver high value products and services, while maintaining balanced financial operations. While the objectives vary greatly, all of the above organizations have unprecedented opportunities to modernize and improve operations with the availability of IoT over 4G (soon 5G), the drop-in costs of cloud computing and storage, as well as the ubiquity of mobile devices and smart infrastructure. Concerns about cybersecurity is rated as the largest obstacle cities face when implementing smart city plans. How are we taking this into consideration when providing smart solutions to our clients? We owe our clients resiliency in all respects. The security of data systems is treated no differently. When we encounter projects that require advanced computerization and control (such as SCADA), we take all necessary precautions and ensure that our third-party vendors understand the associated risks and deliver securely designed solutions that address current and future concerns. PENNONI | 7