Technology Enhanced Infrastructure or TEI will rule the world

The concept of TEI focuses on the dynamics and interrelationship between Event Detection, Data Management, Analytics, and Asset Management as they relate to the lifecycle of any infrastructure asset. This interrelationship is depicted in Figure 1. In this context, “technology enhanced” refers, in part, to the deployment of digital devices into virtually every component and processes of an infrastructure asset, that in the past operated either without monitoring or depended on analog-based monitoring and maintenance.

Digital sensors can be embedded, attached, or positioned remote to an asset. Sensors not only monitor but, allow humans to control and manage the temperature, pressure, vibration, humidity, air quality and movement on an increasingly diverse array of physical objects and the processes to install, repair and replace them. In the event of a data or protocol anomaly, digital sensors will signal out electronically to alert occupants, owners, and operators of possible system intrusion or impending component failure. The potential value proposition to industry and society is incalculable at this time.


Sensors are becoming smaller, cheaper, with significantly lower energy requirements, while providing higher capabilities (e.g. local, instantaneous, automated decision-making) at the infrastructure edge. As a foundation to this new world of distributed intelligence, IoT-enabled microchip sensors are being embedded into factory robots, electric substation transformers, shipping port container movers, street lighting systems, commuter train speedometers, home appliances, HVAC systems, slabs of freshly poured concrete, radiant floors, thermal walls, pollutant free ceilings, and safety windows, each providing sensory data and visibility into virtually any distributed endpoint and infrastructure component imaginable. A panelist at the summit described IoT chips as “placing a whole PC motherboard onto intelligent, sensing devices.”

CMG Smart Infrastructure Advisory (SIA) is designed to help Chairmen, Board Directors, City Council, Mayors, City Managers, City Management, CEOs, COOs, CTOs, CIOs, CFOs and Senior Executives drive their own transformation towards Smart Utilities, Smart Cities, and Smart Buildings.

Smart Utilities have emerged as a large megatrend and they service one or multiple cities and communities throughout their services territories along with many commercial, industrial, and residential customers. Smart Cities are emerging as another large megatrend which own many buildings and service citizens and visitors in many buildings and homes. Smart Buildings, a large megatrend of the 20th century is transforming again, are finally getting actively integrated with Smart Utilities and being actively planned and managed by Smart Cities.

As these three trends come together, the possibilities for innovation, shared infrastructure, cost reductions, new business models and unrivaled customer experiences await to be discovered. CMG has the global and local expertise to help you unlock all the value with our knowledge library of over 500 use cases.


We have mapped those 500 use cases to our 18 frameworks to deliver the answers to use cases, technologies, vendors, business models, business cases, policy models, and best practices for:

-Strategy and Scenario Planning
-Go-To-Market Planning
-Business Optimization and Transformation
-Smart City Roadmap
-Smart City Governance
-Regulatory Design
-Smart Grid Roadmap
-Smart Grid Governance
-Smart Factory
-Smart Buildings
-Big Data
-Blockchain Energy
-Telecom / Internet of Things
-Cloud Computing
-Distributed Energy and Microgrid Planning
-Virtual Power Plant Planning
-Smart Cyber Security & Compliance
-Distribution Management System Lifecycle Management

Our advisory services for Smart Utilities, Smart Cities, and Smart Buildings have focus on:

-Corporate Strategy, IT Strategy, OT Strategy, IT/OT Management, Technology Governance, Technology Assessment, Technology Architecture, RoadMap Development, Innovation Management, Regulatory Design, Use Cases, Business Models, Business Cases, Marketing Strategy, Product Strategy, Services Strategy, Market Development, Channel Development, International Development, Go-To-Market Planning, Pitch Development, Funding Strategy, and M&A Strategy.

Our technology focus is on the vortex of multiple systems that accelerate the automation for each of these domains:

-Smart Grids, Microgrids, Smart Pipes, Smart Metering, Smart Devices, Energy Storage, Distributed Generation (CHP, solar, wind, fuel-cells), Electric Vehicles, Energy Management Systems (e.g. SCADA/EMS, ADMS/DMS, OMS, DRMS, DERMS, BAS/BMS/BEMS, HEMS, etc.), Network Management Systems, Lean Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Enterprise Software, Embedded Software, Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Security, Telecom Networks and Internet of Things.

We have developed many strategic plans that include the competitive product analysis and vendor comparisons per product category along with the use cases, technologies, vendors, business cases, business models, and best practices.

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