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"A smart city can not exist without smart management" 

Updated: Jun 10, 2019

"The prevailing view is that sensors, cameras, and networking are what make the city smart, but must also be a central engine to manage the smart city," said Meir Givon, CEO of GIV Solutions.


"Many people think that a smart city is sensors, cameras, and networks, that these are the things that make the city smart, but it's smart if there is a central engine capable of managing the information and enabling a smart life cycle of infrastructure and assets," said Meir Givon CEO of GIV Solutions.



Givon made the remarks at a conference held Wednesday morning at the Sheraton Hotel in Tel Aviv, in which people and computers were produced and attended by hundreds of professionals and customers. The event was held for 15 years by GIV Solutions and the presentation of Infor EAM - the system that GIV represents and implements exclusively in Israel.


In his words, Givon defined what a city is: "In the eyes of the residents, a city is a place of residence and service, and a municipality is a place of work, but a city is a territory that the municipality is responsible for. Will be done in the most qualitative manner, and this is the management of billions of shekels. "


"A smart city means wise management, decisions and a smart platform that can support decisions," Givon added. "The system must represent the real world and include all the projects, which is critical in every organization, especially in smart cities, and it applies not only to smart cities but also to factories, academic campuses, water corporations and more."


Givon noted that "If an organization wants to be dynamic and flexible, it needs to have a system that enables the implementation of the processes, a smart system based on laws and data, and as a result, it can learn all the time and change the rules as needed. Pro-active processes through which potential problems can be identified and dealt with before they occur. "


"One of the most important aspects is decision making that integrates the engineering, maintenance, service, logistics, and other considerations, and that there is no contradiction, in which every department in the organization decides differently in the field for which it is responsible," he said. "There should be integration not only between the different disciplines in the organization, but also throughout the life cycle, to allow administrative changes, and an organization that designs the system and intends to leave it unchanged for a few years does not live the reality."


What is the solution between computing and plants?

GIV Solutions was founded in 2001 and currently dominates many countries in the world, with branches in Israel, South America, and China. Apart from Infor's solutions, the company offers consulting and project management assistance.


Givon said, "GIV Solutions was established to provide IT management solutions in ERP, CRM, project management and consulting." He added that "we are trying to grow something that needs to be created, to create something new and quality, to cultivate it, to grow fruit, to enjoy it and use it to move on, so our products are nurturing and growing our employees."


The company, says Givon, specializes in the field of EAM - management of computer processes in organizations, and "provides a solution to all the stages required in the execution of a project." Among its clients are IDF and police headquarters cities, the Welfare and Education Ministries, Israel Railways, Bank Leumi, Rafael, the Weizmann Institute, water corporations and factories. In addition, the company supports theater and art, including Fringe plays.


"We started the relationship with Infor in 2007 and we represent them from 2008," Givon said. "We are implementing solutions all over the country, and these are tailor-made solutions to specific industries."


He noted a series of solutions, including GIV City - Just In Time for operation (a concept that the company expanded from the world of production to the worlds of planning and management). The system enables, among other things, monitoring of buildings and infrastructure, and receiving warnings of possible problems "before anyone notices it," Givon said. Other solutions are GIV Campus, which is adapted to the world of academia, and GIV Rail, for the management of rail operations. It also offers a bridge management solution (BMS) in the technical, maintenance, engineering and economic aspects. The solution is approved in Israel and according to the British CSS standard.


The future - in the world of skimmers

Givon later spoke about the future innovations in the field and said that, as in other fields, he is in the collection of information from sensors and various equipment such as scouts. We are not only photographing but receiving in the interface from the passenger the flight path, analyzing the faults and returning on the same flight path after a time interval and examining the model of engineering deterioration of the bridge. "


We've recently done a bridge engineering work with bridge reviews in China, managing reviews and information within the system, saving time and helping organizations become more efficient. We are now opening the service to the Israeli market. "


Givon noted that "the engineering review and management services will be carried out by the engineers of the customers and the software by us, with the click of a button allowing us to view the review and analysis of the conclusions. , For example, a year or two, and compare the reviews. "


"The challenge is to reach places beyond our comfort points, high places and underwater," he concluded. "We are currently carrying out research and development on the subject."

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