Infrastructure services make a city "livable." These fundamental services, both necessities and comforts for citizens and businesses, include utilities such as water and energy, as well as transportation and environmental areas.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, along with three industry partners, released a report on municipal infrastucture in 123 communities across the country. The inaugural Canadian Infrastructure Report Card 2012 examined the current status of four primary asset categories of municipal infrastructure, including municipal roads, drinking water systems, wastewater, and storm water networks; the ratings for these infrastructure assets were "fair" or "poor.
According to the FCM, the report's overall findings indicated that "...Canada's municipal infrastructure is at risk, with more than half of municipal roads requiring significant repairs and one in four wastewater plants needing major upgrades." The report stressed the need for municipalities have an asset-management system in place, and to move quickly to address these issues and avoid further delay:
- Total value of the municipal water, wastewater, storm water and road systems across the country = approx. $538 billion
- $50.7 billion of which was identified as being in poor or very poor condition
- A further $121.1 billion worth of infrastructure is in fair condition
- Estimated replacement cost of the roads in fair to very poor conditions is $91.1 billion
- Total value of infrastructure in a fair or worse state equates to approximately $13,000 per Canadian household
Energy and water
The smart grid uses digital sensors, advanced communication networks and sophisticated analytics to help utilities understand demand in near real time, more effectively manage supply and demand, and put greater control of energy usage into the hands of consumers. Visit IBM's Smart Grid site and explore energy solutions for cities.
Flexible, efficient smart grid technology is being developed to create lower-cost, reliable electricity for the future.
In Denmark, the island of Bornholm held a pilot program that used wind energy to power electric vehicles.
Smarter water management creates a holistic view of water and wastewater across departments, silos and systems by aggregating, integrating and visualizing key data such as consumption, quality, flow and pressure. Visit the Smarter Water Management site and explore water solutions for cities.
IBM Intelligent Water helps utilities improve service, manage assets, maximize productivity and reduce costs for customers.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a community with six golf courses conserves water with the help of IBM analytics.
Sustainable cities embrace a new objective: optimize operations to minimize environmental impact and improve social outcomes in a manner that also maximizes performance. Visit Sustainability on a smarter planet and explore environmental and sustainability solutions for cities.
Recology takes a smarter computing approach to waste collection, using an analytics-based strategy to save landfill space.
The Syracuse University data center—maybe the world’s greenest—will use 50 percent less energy after working with IBM.
Into and around the city, people and goods are always moving. Intelligent transportation systems improve capacity, enhance travel experiences and make moving anything safer, more efficient and more secure. Traffic managers gain citywide visibility to help alleviate congestion and rapidly respond to incidents. Visit the Smarter Transportation site and explore transportation solutions for cities.
In China, the City of Zhenjiang is using an Intelligent Operations Center to monitor and help transform its public transportation system.
A smarter mobility solution could mean less congested roads, better infrastructures and more pleasant commutes.
Intelligent Urban Transportation
Predicting, managing and integrating traffic operations in smarter cities