IoT & Smart Cities Advisory Services

Charles Reed
& Associates

We provide clients with insights into the IoT, Smart Cities, PropTech & Connectivity (e.g. 5G, LPWAN, eSIM) ecosystems to define go-to-market strategies, understand the competitive landscape, evaluate emerging technologies and identify innovative solutions and vendors.
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Keep up to date with Charles’ latest insights on the IoT and Mobility industries.

22 Mar 2021

CRA’s interview with Smart City UA’s Yuriy Nazarov. Quick synopsis… Which cities in Asia are driving the most innovation? What is the main contrast between the applications of technologies in Singapore and in Ukraine? What lessons Ukraine can learn from Singapore?

08 Mar 2021

Confused by all the NOISE around 5G and want to know what’s REAL and what’s HYPE? I’ve got you covered with this “5G Podcast Primer”. We hear a lot about how 5G will transform the way we work, live and play, but the question is, will 5G live up to the expectations? To help answer […]

22 Feb 2021

Smart City Rankings can be fun to read - and a good marketing tool - but they aren't an accurate reflection of how smart a city is.

29 Jan 2021

Many people are concerned that China is catching up to the West in terms of technology. My concern isn't that China is catching up, it is that China will leave us behind. This is the video of CRA's presentation from The Things Conference - the world's largest LoRaWAN event - on 28 January 2021.


Who is CRA?

25 Jan 2021

Charles Reed Anderson is one of Asia’s leading technology industry innovators and thought leaders. His in-depth knowledge of emerging technologies, combined with his understanding of the market demand, provides him with a unique ability to separate industry hype from reality.

16 Jan 2021

Keep up to date with the latest 5G, IoT & Smart Cities industry trends with CRA's TechBurst Asia podcast. 

20 Dec 2020

CRA's keynote from the Urban Technology Alliance event, Global Smart City Trend 2020, in December 2020. 

26 Oct 2020

5G has been a topic that is widely discussed globally. However, do we really understand its capabilities and potential? It is time to take a look into how 5G can match the demand generated by Industry 4.0 and drive new processes across businesses.


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Learn how we leverage a strategic approach to help our customers address the challenges they faced as the IoT-enable their businesses.


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Catch Charles presenting at leading industry events across Asia and beyond.

21 Nov 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
Charles will share his latest PropTech & Smart Cities insights and answer an important question - is the industry ready to move beyond the hype?
19 Nov 2019
Barcelona, Spain
Charles will share his latest Smart Cities & PropTech insights at the world's largest Smart City event in Barcelona.
11 Sep 2019
The technologies that enable IoT are racing ahead - but companies still struggle to leverage them to deploy IoT solutions that deliver tangible value. It's people, not technology, that are holding the industry back from reaching its potential.
27 Jun 2019
Charles will be hosting a fireside chat at the JLL Smart Cities suite discussing the latest JLL/CRA Smart Cities research report.
25 Jun 2019
Seoul, Korea
Charles will present his latest Smart Cities research at Seoul's leading CIO event.
15 May 2019
Berlin, Germany
Charles will present on the latest PropTech industry developments and discuss which solutions have the capability to transform the real estate industry
26 Mar 2019
Taipei, Taiwan
Charles will be presenting his latest Smart City research in his keynote titled "Smart Cities 2019: A New Way Forward".
15 Nov 2018
Marina Mandarin, Singapore
Charles' keynote will discuss the emerging technologies and solutions that are behind the PropTech revolution.

"Charles is the go-to person for insights into Asia's Smart City & IoT ecosystem."

Hoon Sahib Soh Special Representative (Country Manager), World Bank Group Korea

"Charles’ knowledge and industry network in IoT is unparalleled in Asia."

Michael Gryseels Executive Vice Chairman - True Digital Group , Chief Digital Officer - C.P. Group

"Charles is a great thought leader on IoT and what it takes for companies to succeed in the marketplace."

Jonathan Ng Chief Executive, Digital Capabilities Center, McKinsey & Company

"Charles’ knowledge of the Asian IoT landscape is unparalleled. His ability to synthesise and provide pragmatic actionable insights in a clear & humorous manner sets him apart."

Gerhard Loots Executive - Global IoT Solutions, Telstra

"Unrivalled domain expertise, industry influence and insight."

Anthony Bartolo Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer, Avaya

"When it comes to bringing industry insights on a broad range of topics, one really does not need to look further than Charles. He has a solid understanding of the complex landscape of technology and trends across south-east Asia. Along with his expertise, he brings forward a view that is honest reflection, which is much needed in an industry that is often bullish and biased on their products. "

Danial Mausoof Vice President, Global Head, Enterprise Services Sales, Nokia

"It is always amazing to listen to the countless examples of applications and solutions Charles has picked up through his interactions with the IoT industry’s movers and shakers. Especially impressive is his ability to crystallise large amounts of information into actionable insights for the benefit of his clients. If you need somebody to make sense of the IoT, Charles is your guy."

Thomas Jakob Regional President Asia Pacific, Bosch.IO

"Charles has been very observant with the trends of international IoT industries, and that makes the conversation with him full of precious knowledge and great insights. We are glad that he has paid attention on the efforts and development of smart city work in Taipei City and given us not only positive comments but also significant advices. Charles is a great ambassador who employs his witty sense of humour when delivering his pointed views to IoT, mobility and digital fields."

Charles Lin Deputy Mayor, Taipei City, Taiwan

"Charles brings a refreshing perspective to the world of IoT and is not taken in by the hype. He is often a contrarian and in a market driven by hype, this is stimulating. Charles presents his findings with detailed quantitative research and knowledge that goes beyond your typical analyst. His understanding of the market from “sensors to platforms” is unparalleled in the analyst world. Charles would be my "go to" guy for market perspectives on IoT."

Saj Kumar Regional Business Leader - Manufacturing, Microsoft Asia

"Charles is definitely the thought leader on IoT, mobility and digital transformation in Asia Pacific who I typically check in with. He has a strong understanding of the global business & execution models that relate new technologies to digital disruption and how these apply to the Asian market. His analytical and foresight to think a few steps ahead are essential to businesses like ours that are looking to increase their value to customers. He is a great professional and I highly recommend working with Charles."

Bernard Leong Head of Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence ASEAN, Amazon Web Services

"Charles has possibly the most unique & candid insights into IoT in Asia. He grasps the changing landscape and does not mince words when it comes to stating facts. "

Chirayu Wadke Head of Business Development , Google Coud - JAPAC

"It is rare to come across an IoT “thought leader” who not only understands the latest technology trends and their impact on the global and Asian markets, but also has the ability to explain them in a simple and powerful way. Charles’ pragmatic approach to explaining how the latest IoT trends and technologies will impact the business and operating models of companies across the IoT ecosystem allows him to deliver realistic, actionable insights to his audiences. Charles is without a doubt the best IoT keynote speaker in the market."

Silvia Yu CEO, Red Peak Asia

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