You have all seen the marketing ads: smarter health care, smarter traffic, smarter cities… On the one hand it's a cool marketing campaign, but it also speaks to desperately needed solutions in our world that has so many challenges. Personal expenditures on health care push millions below the poverty line each year. 1 in 5 people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water. Congested roadways in the US alone are responsbile for 4.2 billion lost hours of productivity and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel. But hold on, buildings, if uncorrected, will, by 2025, use more energy than any other category of "consumer!"
The work my black belt team of architects does, plays a key role in these Smarter plays. We have software frameworks for each smarter planet solution that provide architectural and
standards based guidance. These frameworks provide for a consistent, scalable , and repeatable
approach. Frameworks like Health
Integration Framework for smarter health care, or Solution Architecture for Energy
what does smarter really mean and how is
now have the ability to measure, sense and monitor the condition of almost
everything. In this last decade, we have rapidly reached a tipping point, if you
will, of the proliferation of technology needed to do this and at the right
performance and price point. Have you have
heard the commercial' "it is , do you know where your children are? "
Well now it is 2010 and If you don’t know where they are , get a
There is now a billion transistors for every human being on the planet. Sensors are being embedded everywhere—across entire ecosystems—supply-chains, health care networks, cities… even in livestock and natural systems like rivers. There are 30 billion RFID tags already embedded into our world , and 85% of new automobiles now contain event data records.
So what does smarter really mean?
leverages this instrumentation, these sensors, integrates, correlates, and
enriches it, and makes intelligent use of it. Smarter enables an industry's line of business to sense &
respond to opportunities and risks in ‘real time.’ Smarter is a result of business process
management, event processing & business optimization capabilities…So you
can see why I might say
is not just about managing IT anymore, it is about managing the world and we
have the technology to do it. Probing, Monitoring, event enrichment, asset
management, storage, secure access, dashboard views…these are the key . Oh yeah, and you need to scale to millions of end points and 10’s of millions of events and make sense of it in a timely
Let's talk about Smarter Buildings. (Something you will hear more about this week at the global Pulse event in Las Vegas.)
In this case a chiller in one of the buildings on campus fails. The building management system sends a notification to Omnibus, Impact enriches the event with asset, location, contact information from Maximo and initiates a work order in Maximo. Based on the severity is also generates an urgent email to the Facilities Manager with the work order that has automatically been created. The Fac Mgr uses his personalized dashboard containing KPIs and work orders, checking to see if the chiller was due for preventive maintenance, and then assigns to a technician to fix. The technician received the work order, performs the work and records labor costs, material costs etc. which are reflected in the asset lifecycle costs. The Chiller is now operational.
Ok, cool, but let's talk about this GHG problem from buildings, as they become the largest energy consumer on the planet. Let me again give an example. We have actually deployed chillers in IBM linked to hourly weather forecasting algorithms and samplings in order to leverage temperature and humidity change to lower operating costs and use of natural resources. And yes, in some cases we can even shut down chillers (as opposed to 24x7 operation.) This can be applied to many instances where we box in people and equipment , lock the windows, and run the boilers and chillers and hvacs, regardless of what mother nature is doing on the other side of that glass. We have the technology, it is just a matter of applying it. Fortunately there is a strong set of business partners and ibm technology that is available.