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Smarter Cities

The insight to identify, transform and progress

Changing conventions: city leaders
Moving beyond policy-based decisions to reshape cities with insights gained from data

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Infrastructure. Operations. People.

What makes a city? The answer, of course, is all three. A city is an interconnected system of systems. A dynamic work in progress, with progress as its watchword. A tripod that relies on strong support for and among each of its pillars, to become a smarter city for all.

Smarter cities drive sustainable economic growth and prosperity for their citizens. Their leaders have the tools to analyse data for better decisions, anticipate problems to resolve them proactively and coordinate resources to operate effectively.

As demands grow and budgets tighten, solutions also have to be smarter, and address the city as a whole. By collecting and analysing the extensive data generated every second of every day, tools such as the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (US) coordinate and share data in a single view creating the big picture for the decision makers and responders who support the smarter city.

Smarter buildings and urban planning

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Planning and management (US)

  • Long-term insights based on comprehensive data analysis, followed up through efficient daily management, help a city stay vital and safe for its citizens and businesses. Learn more about planning and management solutions (US) for smarter cities.

Infrastructure (US)

  • Fundamental services—such as roadways, mass transit and utilities—make a city desirable and livable, but the key to keeping them viable is readiness for constant change. Learn more about infrastructure solutions (US) for smarter cities.

Human (US)

  • Smarter cities use the system of systems to their advantage when supporting the needs of each citizen through social programs, healthcare and education. Learn more about human services solutions (US) for smarter cities.


Innovative cities

"Dublin is home of the Smarter Cities Technology Centre which is part of IBM Research- Ireland lab. The lab conducts research in collaboration with top universities, cities, and industry partners. Their research focuses on advancing science and technology for intelligent urban and environmental systems, with a focus on creating analytics, optimizations, and systems for sustainable energy, urban water management, transportation, and the underlying city fabric that assimilates and shares data and models for these domains.

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

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A cloud-based, meter-driven portal helps Dubuque residents save money and resources with better utility-usage information.

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In Hawaii, the City and County of Honolulu took its IT systems to the next level to better serve its citizens and employees.


See what they did

Smarter Cities Forum: Rio
Senior government and business leaders discussed how to encourage economic development, modernise infrastructures and create a new urban model.

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City Forward
In one site, you can share data, examine the analysis and discuss the challenges of cities—yours or around the world—with people who share your interest.

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Smarter Cities Challenge
Over three years, the Smarter Cities Challenge is helping 100 cities worldwide address vital issues with US$50 million worth of IBM technology and expertise.


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The social side of Smarter Cities