How Smart Cities, E-Governance Help Urban Resilience
Smart Cities are fast becoming one of the world’s most critical industries as more countries invest in technologies to improve the delivery of government service.
In its simplest essence, a smart city is all about providing people a better quality of life by using different types of electronic methods and sensors to collect data. The insights gained from that data are utilized to manage assets, resources, and even services efficiently, helping governments to improve their operations across the city. It also enables e-governance or the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in all the processes to enhance the government’s ability to address the needs of the public.
By 2025, smart city development worldwide is estimated to create business opportunities worth $2.46 trillion, as revealed by a report released by tech research firm Frost and Sullivan. This trend is driven by the uncertainties of the post-pandemic work, which will compel cities to focus more on developing collaborative, data-driven infrastructure to provide healthcare and public security, as well as resilience to natural disasters.
Laying the Groundwork
In the Philippines, the national government has been pushing the adoption of smart city technologies. For instance, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), being the country’s primary agency promoting the adoption of eGovernment Services (ICT-ES), has developed the E-Government Masterplan (EGMP) 2022.
This plan outlines DICT’s intent of developing the country’s e-government systems through the digital transformation of services, such as public health, education, and other programs that cut across the whole of government. By doing so, DICT aims to create a networked and collaborative environment for improved public service delivery.
Additionally, as the ongoing pandemic accelerates innovation, some local governments have laid their plans for their smart city initiatives, especially on e-governance. Baguio City, for instance, has recently announced its investments to transform into e-government using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and other web-based telecommunication technologies, such as crowd density monitoring and real-time weather prediction, to improve the delivery of public service.
Aside from Baguio, the New Clark City in Pampanga, Davao, Cebu, and Manila have also previously laid the groundwork to make their areas smarter through the adoption of e-governance technologies.
The need for the adoption
For Vertiv, a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, the digital transformation and e-governance initiatives of all the cities in the country, just like the other smart cities across the globe, provide an opportunity to make the entire Philippines more resilient challenges like the current public health crisis or natural calamities.
Last year, the country was identified as one of the most vulnerable to climate change by the Global Peace Index of the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) due to its high exposure to natural hazards, such as typhoons, landslides, floods, and droughts, as well as its heavy reliance to its climate-sensitive natural resources.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) also noted that more tropical cyclones are entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) than anywhere else in the world. Recently, the Philippines experienced five typhoons in a row—Quinta, Rolly, Siony, Tonyo, and Ulysses—which all made landfall in the country within at least a month. All these typhoons left trails of devastation, which include physical injuries, casualties, and damages to agriculture and other properties.
“Following this devastation, preparedness for typhoons and other calamities has never been more important, for instance, in getting necessary data where they can draw insights to efficiently conduct pre-evacuation of residents in flood-prone and vulnerable areas. And as IT becomes integral, government agencies must have a ready infrastructure in place to ensure that services go on unhampered and citizens have access to services they need,” said Jason Lim, country manager of Vertiv Philippines.
Tackling Infra Challenges
As technology adoption of big data, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) matures, Lim said that governments are now turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics in their technology initiatives. These trends will enable the no-collar workforce or the increased use of cognitive assets, bots, and other technologies to support the existing workforce. Instead of replacing people, technology will augment the existing labor force in the drive to become a sustainable, hyperconnected society.
Meanwhile, the increasing reliance on IT will turn the spotlight on ensuring the integrity and security of personal data being collected by different government agencies. Investments in hardware and software protection against cybercrimes will become a priority. That is why it is integral for governments to rethink their strategy to include data sovereignty and protection as part of their e-governance initiatives.
“The IT infrastructure should be designed not only to support critical operations, but it must also have robust monitoring and management framework for secure operations, intelligent notifications, and alerts to enable immediate action in case of emergencies,” added Lim.
Governments also need a strong IT backbone that provides agility, productivity, and efficiency to government operations. This consolidation simplifies government operations through cross-agency platforms, eliminating operational redundancies. A robust data center is also needed to support the increasing use of online applications to connect citizens and businesses.
To help local governments in tackling these IT infrastructure challenges, Vertiv brings together cutting-edge E-Governance Solutions to ensure uninterrupted operations, optimal performance, and scalability of data centers, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities needed in creating smarter and more resilient cities.
To learn more about how Vertiv supports the continuity of today’s vital business and government applications, visit Vertiv.com.
Vertiv 2022 Company of the Year
The award recognizes companies that exemplify visionary innovation, market-leading performance, and unmatched customer care
Vertiv (NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has been recognized as Asia-Pacific Data Center Power Solutions Industry 2022 Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan. The award recognizes companies that exemplify visionary innovation, market-leading performance, and unmatched customer care.
Frost & Sullivan applies a rigorous analytical process to evaluate multiple nominees for each award category before determining the final award recipient. The process involves a detailed evaluation of best practices criteria across two dimensions for each nominated company.
“Frost & Sullivan acknowledges that Vertiv’s global business infrastructure adds immense value to its brand image and testifies to its offerings’ exclusivity. With a solid regional and international presence, the company efficiently delivers local market-centered, global quality solutions and quickly meets customer needs. The accessibility of engineering and support staff locally represents Vertiv’s commitment to outstanding customer ownership and service experiences in all regions,” said Iqra Azam, best practices research analyst at Frost & Sullivan.
Vertiv designs, manufactures and supports solutions that enable reliable and efficient management of critical digital equipment. The portfolio is regularly refreshed with upgraded and new offerings, in an effort to align solutions with changing customer needs. In 2022, the company expanded its power distribution portfolio with
Vertiv™ Powerbar iMPB, a modular busbar system for seamless, on-demand power upgrades in different data center environments – an addition made possible by the 2021 acquisition of E+I Engineering Ireland Limited and its affiliate, Powerbar Gulf LLC.
The company also introduced its
Vertiv™ Liebert® APM Plus uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, designed to minimize energy utilization and carbon dioxide emissions. This high-density, modular, and transformer-free UPS provides up to 97% power efficiency in double conversion mode and up to 99% efficiency in eco-mode. Furthermore, in June 2022, the company launched the Vertiv™ Geist™ rack transfer switch (RTS), a new product line that allows redundant power delivery to single-corded devices.
Frost & Sullivan recognized five principles that Vertiv follows in the development and delivery of its offerings: high efficiency, high reliability, low impact, low touch, and circular economy. Vertiv produces critical infrastructure power, thermal management, and IT management products, enabling users to conserve their space, water, and energy consumption. The company also works with customers on data center designs and system architectures to match their sustainability goals.
Frost & Sullivan stated that they believe Vertiv is well-positioned to drive the data center power solutions space into its next growth phase, capturing market share and sustaining its leadership in the coming years.
“We are deeply honored by this recognition from Frost & Sullivan,” said Anand Sanghi, president, ASI (Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia, and India) at Vertiv. “Our research and development team is laser-focused on developing solutions that excel on technology innovation to help our customers address their ever-evoling data center challenges.”
To know more about Vertiv and its power solutions offerings, visit Vertiv.com.
Q1: What is Vertiv?
A: Vertiv is a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions. They design, manufacture, and support solutions that enable reliable and efficient management of critical digital equipment.
Q2: What award did Vertiv receive?
A: Vertiv has been recognized as the Asia-Pacific Data Center Power Solutions Industry 2022 Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.
Q3: What does the award recognize?
A: The award recognizes companies that exemplify visionary innovation, market-leading performance, and unmatched customer care.
Q4: How does Frost & Sullivan determine the award recipient?
A: Frost & Sullivan applies a rigorous analytical process to evaluate multiple nominees for each award category. The process involves a detailed evaluation of best practices criteria across two dimensions for each nominated company.
Q5: What did Frost & Sullivan say about Vertiv?
A: Frost & Sullivan acknowledged that Vertiv’s global business infrastructure adds immense value to its brand image and testifies to its offerings’ exclusivity. They praised Vertiv’s solid regional and international presence, efficient delivery of local market-centered solutions, and commitment to outstanding customer ownership and service experiences.
Q6: What are some of Vertiv’s notable solutions?
A: Vertiv introduced the Vertiv™ Powerbar iMPB, a modular busbar system for seamless, on-demand power upgrades in different data center environments. They also launched the Vertiv™ Liebert® APM Plus uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system, designed to minimize energy utilization and carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, they introduced the Vertiv™ Geist™ rack transfer switch (RTS), enabling redundant power delivery to single-corded devices.
Q7: What principles does Vertiv follow in its offerings?
A: Frost & Sullivan recognized five principles that Vertiv follows: high efficiency, high reliability, low impact, low touch, and circular economy. Vertiv’s products help users conserve space, water, and energy consumption, and they work with customers on data center designs and system architectures to align with sustainability goals.
Q8: What did Frost & Sullivan say about Vertiv’s future prospects?
A: Frost & Sullivan believes that Vertiv is well-positioned to drive the data center power solutions space into its next growth phase, capturing market share and sustaining its leadership in the coming years.
Q9: What did Anand Sanghi, president of ASI at Vertiv, say about the recognition?
A: Anand Sanghi expressed deep honor and appreciation for the recognition from Frost & Sullivan. He highlighted that Vertiv’s research and development team is focused on developing innovative solutions to address customers’ evolving data center challenges.
Q10: Where can I find more information about Vertiv and its power solutions offerings?
A: To learn more about Vertiv and its power solutions offerings, you can visit their website at Vertiv.com.
Keeping Your Data Centers Cool from Extreme Heatwave in the Philippines #Vertiv
Last March, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued an El Niño Watch, warning the public about the possible repercussions of the dry season in the Philippines. Notifying the start of the summer season, Pagasa warns that heatwaves can worsen, especially with the changing weather conditions because of climate change. Last April 10, Pagasa computed the highest heat index in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, and Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, which went up to 47 degrees Celsius.
El Niño is a cyclical climate phenomenon that occurs in the Pacific Ocean and can significantly impact weather patterns. In the Philippines, El Niño is often associated with prolonged periods of drought and high temperatures, which can pose significant challenges for data center operators.
“Dealing with the extreme spike of temperatures should not be taken lightly. This is when data center operators must be vigilant in monitoring their facilities. If not taken seriously, providers risk losing their reliability and connectivity,” said Pamela Albar, Associate Director for Channels & Enterprise Sales, Vertiv Philippines.
For data center operators to keep their cool, here’s how they can protect their operations from extreme temperature spikes during summer.
Run as many cooling units as possible. It’s better to double or triple the operation of your cooling units to keep the refrigerant pressures as low as possible so operators can prevent trips on high pressure. By running the cooling units simultaneously, they can minimize the load on each data hall.
If cooling systems are not running at their total capacity, it can result in equipment overheating and potentially cause costly downtime. Cooling units are designed to remove heat from the data center environment. If they are not functioning correctly, the equipment can suffer from thermal stress, leading to premature failure or reduced performance.
Regular maintenance is a must. With the increased temperature, data center cooling units must double its usual work. This means the units must undergo frequent checking and maintenance, especially the condenser coils.
Condenser coils are responsible for releasing heat absorbed by the refrigerant in the evaporator coil. When it is blocked with dirt and dust or covered with rust, it reduces its heat-transfer capability and becomes ineffective when the ambient temperature climbs. Dirty coils can also cause a system shutdown due to uncontrolled high pressure. This endangers not only the facility but also the operations during a critical time.
Invest in high-quality cooling systems. It is expected for data centers to experience unpredictable temperature changes, which is why the facility needs to have the best cooling system. Operators must invest in high-quality equipment to increase its lifespan, maintain a stable temperature environment, and reduce the risk of thermal stress.
It also enhances the facility’s performance, ensuring the data center’s reliability. Consequently, investing in high-quality cooling systems is more cost-efficient because they are energy-efficient, lowering operating costs.
Some types of cooling systems that data center facilities can invest in are immersion, water-free, and evaporative free cooling systems designed to deliver reliability and efficiency in high-temperature environments.
As architects of continuity, these solutions are offered by Vertiv, making them a reliable helper in upgrading thermal systems and creating a maintenance plan to keep the facility cool, particularly during the El Niño phenomenon. The company also provides cutting-edge, sustainable, and innovative solutions that improve the performance and scalability of data centers, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities.
To learn more about how Vertiv supports the continuity of today’s vital business, visit Vertiv.com.
Edge Computing in E-commerce: A New Driver for Industry Growth
Nowadays, businesses from the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector and beyond are rapidly penetrating the internet, specifically e-commerce, to gain profit and audience.
According to a study by Modern Intelligence, the Philippines’ E-commerce market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1 percent and is now seen as one of the main drivers for economic growth.
However, it is crucial for retailers, even MSMEs, to be flexible and be adaptive to evolving business trends and consumer demands. One of the ways retailers can do this is through technology.
“Technology has redefined today’s ecommerce market. From the supply chain all the way to customer experience, technology now plays a major role in ensuring that retailers are able to provide the best service to their customers across a variety of platforms, including web, mobile and in-store. Ensuring the flexibility, adaptability and agility of the IT backbone across all areas of the retail business is a must for businesses to have a competitive advantage,” said Pamela Albar, Associate Director for Channels & Enterprise Sales, Vertiv Philippines.
Here’s how retailers can harness technology to transform their businesses:
Enable retailers to be more agile. The e-commerce industry is fast-moving, and retailers must be agile when they enter the market. The idea of agility is the ability of a business to quickly add new features and functionality that will allow them to support the consumer’s demands and enable a more streamlined process.
When retailers embrace agility, they are giving their businesses a better chance in a competitive industry with speed, flexibility, and continuous improvement in mind. They can do this by embracing modern applications and innovation solutions or infrastructures like Vertiv’s point-of-sale (POS) and desktop solutions that ensure reliable and secure checkout connectivity or keep their security and emergency systems running. They can integrate technologies like desktop uninterruptible power supply (UPS), network closet or small room solutions, and UPS for emergency systems offered by Vertiv.
Improves security to protect the customer experience. One of the biggest threats for retailers when entering the e-commerce scene is the massive risk of data leaks, malware, and fraud that can damage the brand’s reputation and processes. If things get out of hand, they can also experience massive business losses, such as lost revenue and customers.
Securing the IT backbone, including the hardware, can mitigate these attacks and improve the security of a business. It can also help retailers manage their network and simultaneously avoid data breaches on their classified and non-classified projects. Vertiv’s IT management solutions like Cybex™ secure desktop KVM, Vertiv™ Avocent® ACS console server, and IT management software can adequately fulfill these tasks.
Allow retailers to improve their performance. In the competitive environment of e-commerce, performance matters. If retailers do not improve their infrastructures, they risk experiencing network and customer data breaches and massive system downtime.
To protect their operations, they must fortify their IT infrastructure using Vertiv’s power, cooling, and monitoring solutions. This includes installing efficient UPS, thermal management, and rack distribution units. All these should be monitored with comprehensive service and technical support.
The growth retailers can experience when they enter the e-commerce scene is something they should take seriously. But as the industry continues to evolve, the pressure to keep up with it is there. That is why Vertiv is here to assist retailers, especially MSMEs, to expand and transform their digital solutions and help them be part of the change in the Philippine e-commerce industry.
As architects of continuity, Vertiv offers solutions that cover pre-configuring, pre-testing and pre-validating it against its unique requirements. It also provides cutting-edge, sustainable, and innovative solutions that improve the performance and scalability of data centers, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities.
To learn more about how Vertiv supports the continuity of today’s vital business, visit Vertiv.com.
Q: What is the expected growth rate of the e-commerce market in the Philippines?
A: According to a study by Modern Intelligence, the Philippines’ e-commerce market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1 percent.
Q: How can retailers be adaptive to evolving business trends and consumer demands?
A: Retailers can be adaptive to evolving business trends and consumer demands by embracing technology. This includes using modern applications and innovation solutions or infrastructures like Vertiv’s point-of-sale (POS) and desktop solutions that ensure reliable and secure checkout connectivity, integrating technologies like desktop uninterruptible power supply (UPS), network closet or small room solutions, and UPS for emergency systems offered by Vertiv, and fortifying their IT infrastructure using Vertiv’s power, cooling, and monitoring solutions.
Q: How can technology enable retailers to be more agile?
A: Technology can enable retailers to be more agile by giving their businesses a better chance in a competitive industry with speed, flexibility, and continuous improvement in mind. Retailers can embrace agility by quickly adding new features and functionality that will allow them to support the consumer’s demands and enable a more streamlined process.
Q: How can technology improve the security of a business in the e-commerce industry?
A: Technology can improve the security of a business in the e-commerce industry by securing the IT backbone, including the hardware, to mitigate attacks and improve the security of the business. Vertiv’s IT management solutions like Cybex™ secure desktop KVM, Vertiv™ Avocent® ACS console server, and IT management software can adequately fulfill these tasks.
Q: Why is performance important in the e-commerce industry?
A: Performance is important in the e-commerce industry because if retailers do not improve their infrastructures, they risk experiencing network and customer data breaches and massive system downtime. Retailers must fortify their IT infrastructure using Vertiv’s power, cooling, and monitoring solutions to protect their operations.
Q: How can Vertiv assist retailers, especially MSMEs, in the Philippine e-commerce industry?
A: Vertiv can assist retailers, especially MSMEs, in the Philippine e-commerce industry by providing cutting-edge, sustainable, and innovative solutions that improve the performance and scalability of data centers, communication networks, and other critical IT facilities. Vertiv offers solutions that cover pre-configuring, pre-testing, and pre-validating it against its unique requirements and provides comprehensive service and technical support.
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