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The most livable cities in the world in 2008. 1. Vancouver, Canada, 2. Melbourne, Australia, 3. Vienna, Austria, 4. Perth, Australia, 5. Toronto, Canada, 6. Helsinki, Finland, 7. Adelaide, Australia / Calgary, Canada, 9. Geneva, Switzerland / Sydney, Australia / Zürich, Switzerland. Based on five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, economist.com, April 28, 2008.

Sustainable Cities

India needs sustainable cities

Every minute during the next twenty years, 30 Indians will leave rural India for urban areas. India will need some 500 new cities. If there were ever a time to focus on the smart growth of our urban areas, that time is now.

As populations grow at a fast rate, they are placing greater demands on the city infrastructures that deliver vital services such as transportation, healthcare, education and public safety.

A recent study put the social cost of city congestion in Australia at $11.1 billion when all environmental and economic implications are taken into account.

Adding to the strain are ever-changing public demands for better education, greener programs, accessible government, affordable housing and more options for senior citizens.

Replacing the actual city infrastructures is often unrealistic in terms of cost and time. However, with recent advances in technology, we can infuse our existing infrastructures with new intelligence. By this, we mean digitising and connecting our systems, so they can sense, analyse and integrate data, and respond intelligently to the needs of their jurisdictions. In short, we can revitalise them so they can become smarter and more efficient.

"If Australia is to maintain our prosperity, our cities must become more productive, more competitive, more innovative. At the same time they must be sustainable.We must remember that all of the above is a means to an end - the end is to make our cities more liveable and to improve the quality of life and sense of community for all who live in them. "
Anthony Albanese speech, Minister For Infrastructure, October 2008

What does a smarter city look like?

IBM Smarter Cities Executive, Catherine Caruana-McManus, discusses the key characteristics of a smarter city.

Hear Gerry Brownlee, NZ Minister for Earthquake Recovery, envision what the cities of the future will look like.

Water: A Finite Resource

IBM Smarter Cities Business Development Executive Shalome Doran examines how we can best utilise existing networks and minimise loss and leakage moving forward.


Hear from Anna Rose Founder & Chairwoman of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, with her views on how to move the environment debate forward and establish a consensus on positive action.

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Smarter transportation
Some cities start by transforming their transportation systems. Stockholm, Dublin, Singapore and Brisbane are working with IBM to develop smart systems ranging from predictive tools to smart cards to congestion charging in order to reduce traffic and pollution.

We have an opportunity to enhance/strengthen New Zealand's education system to; empower students, teachers and administrators, and develop a workforce with high value, global skills. In New Zealand, the IBM KidSmart Early Learning Programme is giving preschoolers the opportunity to experiment with information technology while improving literacy and numeracy skills.

Smarter policing and emergency response
New York, Syracuse (PDF,180KB), Santa Barbara and St. Louis are using data analytics, wireless and video surveillance capabilities to strengthen crime fighting and the coordination of emergency response units.

Smarter power and water management
IBM is working with local government agencies, farmers and ranchers in the Paraguay-Paraná River basin, where Sao Paulo is located, to understand the factors that can help to safeguard the quality and availability of the water system.

Malta is building a smart grid that links the power and water systems, and will detect leakages, allow for variable pricing and provide more control to consumers. Ultimately, it will enable this island country to replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources.

Smarter governance
New Mexico's capital city, Albuquerque (PDF), is using a business intelligence solution to automate data sharing among its 7,000 employees in more than 20 departments, so every employee gets a single version of the truth. It has realised cost savings of almost 2,000%.

Three local UK councils have adopted a new IBM business model that could change the way local government is managed. Through Southwest One (PDF), IBM will manage the IT infrastructure, procurement, customer service and workforce development functions, allowing agencies to focus on delivering critical services to citizens. The model can expand to include up to 30 public sector agencies.


 

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Smarter transportation
Some cities start by transforming their transportation systems. Stockholm, Dublin, Singapore and Brisbane are working with IBM to develop smart systems ranging from predictive tools to smart cards to congestion charging in order to reduce traffic and pollution.

Smarter policing and emergency response
New York, Syracuse (PDF,181KB), Santa Barbara and St. Louis are using data analytics, wireless and video surveillance capabilities to strengthen crime fighting and the coordination of emergency response units.

By 2050, 70 percent of people will be living in cities. There will be at least 27 'megacities' of 10 million people, compared to 19 today.
Cities are perfect for promoting change and renewable energies. Cities can serve as innovation platforms, creating clusters of business around green energy - Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parlament, Reuters, February 10, 2009

Welcome to TheSmarterCity
Not a vision of tomorrow, but a vision of today. A collection of smart ideas from all over the world, all in one place.

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Smarter power and water management
IBM is working with local government agencies, farmers and ranchers in the Paraguay-Paraná River basin, where São Paulo (link resides outside of ibm.com) is located, to understand the factors that can help to safeguard the quality and availability of the water system.

Malta is building a smart grid that links the power and water systems, and will detect leakages, allow for variable pricing and provide more control to consumers. Ultimately, it will enable this island country to replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources.

Smarter governance
In New Mexico, Albuquerque (PDF, 142KB), is using a business intelligence solution to automate data sharing among its 7,000 employees in more than 20 departments, so every employee gets a single version of the truth. It has realized cost savings of almost 2,000%.

Three local UK councils have adopted a new IBM business model that could change the way local government is managed. Through Southwest One (PDF,200KB), IBM will manage the IT infrastructure, procurement, customer service and workforce development functions, allowing agencies to focus on delivering critical services to citizens. The model can expand to include up to 30 public sector agencies.

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