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Analyzing the future of cities

Just as you can look at a newspaper photograph and see both the image and the tiny individual dots that give it its shapes and shadings, city leaders look at their municipalities in terms of both the big picture and the individual citizens that comprise it.

The majority of us live in cities, and the percentage is growing. Municipal leaders who run the complex network of diverse people, expected services and aging infrastructure are on a constant search for more efficient ways to analyze data, anticipate problems and coordinate resources in their cities.

As centers of business, culture and life, cities are logical places to integrate many of the Smarter Planet principles and innovations in public safety, transportation, water, building, social services and agencies. A new kind of solution, the IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities (also available for cloud (US)) synchronizes and analyzes efforts among sectors and agencies as they happen, giving decision makers consolidated information that helps them anticipate—rather than just react to—problems. By using these tested approaches, cities can manage growth and development in a sustainable way that minimizes disruptions and helps increase prosperity for everyone.

 

Public safety
The key to a city's quality of life is being managed in smarter ways



Smarter Cities POV
Read "Smarter, More Competitive Cities"


 

Smarter Cities systems

 

Government
As governments infuse the basic systems of our planet with intelligence to stimulate economies and benefit citizens, we start to ask: Can the operations of government itself become smarter?

Public safety
Cities large and small are turning to advanced computing capabilities such as data analytics, visualization and sensor networks to enhance public safety systems.

Healthcare
Using tools like electronic medical records, wireless computing devices and health support networks, innovators are making our systems smarter and more affordable.

Energy
With smarter grids, utilities can manage the flow of power through their systems. And consumers can manage their appliances and use of energy at the household (or even automobile) level.

Traffic
Our rapidly urbanizing planet depends on getting people and things from here to there. Our cars keep getting smarter. So how about our roadways?

Education
A new school of thought: educate yourself on key trends in learning, advances in computing and the economic factors that are reshaping our educational systems.

Water
Sensor networks, smart metering and advanced computing and analytics are helping to ensure the flow of clean, plentiful water around the planet.

Rail
Imagine a rail system infused with enough intelligence to increase capacity and utilization and reduce congestion. Fortunately, we don't have to wait to begin seeing such impacts.

Buildings
If a building's systems interoperate, they can be managed centrally, even intelligently. With all their impact on the planet, it's time for buildings to get smart.


 

Innovative cities

With insight from more 2,000 Smarter Cities projects, IBM has developed the expertise and capabilities to help cities of all sizes become smarter.

 

In Florida, fans who attend Miami Dolphins football games and other events at the Sun Life Stadium will find more organized traffic, better services and an improved experience thanks to on-the-spot data analysis provided through an Intelligent Operations Center on the IBM SmartCloud.

The Mediterranean island nation of Malta (US) became a smart grid pioneer, working with IBM to update electric meters, water meters and IT operations. As a result, Malta is becoming more self-sufficient and sustainable, and is a model for transforming the entire energy value change.

 

IBM Helps Zhenjiang Build a Smarter City

In China, the City of Zhenjiang (US) is using an Intelligent Operations Center to monitor and help transform its public transportation system. Watch the video.

IBM Helps Rio Become a Smarter City

Rio de Janeiro is transforming its emergency response system to prepare to host the World Cup and Olympics. Watch the video.

 

IBM can help city and industry leaders increase the vitality and competitiveness of urban environments with solutions that can optimize the entire city, improve the quality and efficiency of services, and reduce waste and expense associated with inefficient processes and uncoordinated, duplicated execution.