Digital solutions are transforming industries by providing companies access to data, and the insights that can be garnered from that data in real time. Information displayed on dashboards can be shared immediately across and among large organizations. These solutions are built with intelligence on a cloud platform, and they use analytics to turn data into actionable insights that enable our clients to make more informed decisions that drive improved sustainability.
Our water solutions help water agencies monitor and manage water usage and operations more effectively. Our energy solutions help utility companies increase the predictability and use of renewable energy sources, and they enable building managers to conserve energy in buildings. Our Smarter Cities® solutions help governments and utilities deliver more efficient services to citizens by improving the productivity of waste management and recycling processes. Our agriculture and food solutions help improve crop yield, food safety and reliability.
IBM’s portfolio of solutions has been developed across all IBM organizations and in collaboration with other companies and institutions.
OmniEarth Inc., an environmental analytics company, is using IBM Watson cognitive capabilities to turn satellite and imagery data into actionable insight that is being used to help water conservation efforts in California and other drought-stricken areas. With IBM Watson Visual Recognition, OmniEarth can process data 40 times faster than it could before, sorting through an estimated 150,000 images on a parcel-by-parcel basis in 12 minutes. By pinpointing potential water-using activities at the granular, land-parcel level with Watson, OmniEarth is helping water authorities target areas where water may be wasted. Some of OmniEarth’s customers have already identified areas where overwatering or leaks are occurring, and have reported a 15 percent reduction in water use since the service was implemented. The Watson-based OmniEarth solution has been used by over 90 agencies in California.
PhotonStar Technology Ltd., a British company and leader in intelligent building solutions, partnered with IBM to create a commercial, retrofittable building management system based on low-cost wireless monitoring and live weather data. Using the IBM Watson IoT™ platform, PhotonStar pioneered a new solution called halcyon cloudBMS — cognitive software that collects energy use and building occupancy metrics, consolidates them on the cloud for remote monitoring, and compares them to the local weather forecast. Building managers anticipate weather conditions and adjust temperature, lighting, heating, and cooling parameters to eliminate wasted energy. The cloud-based solution also allows operators to manage a collection of buildings and building sites simultaneously. It can save up to 50 percent of heating costs by triggering proactive decisions based on real-time weather conditions. For example, the management system heats buildings when cold weather is moving in or is expected overnight. In addition, the solution enables automatic window shade lowering or raising according to changes in sunlight and temperature.
Hera SpA, a multi-utility operator in water, energy, and environmental services in Italy, partnered with IBM Global Business Services to reinforce its equipment planning, sustain its waste management processes, and more efficiently serve its 5 million customers. The IBM team helped Hera design an optimized waste management and recycling solution, HergoAmbiente, based on SAP for Utilities software and featuring the SAP Waste and Recycling software component. IBM used SAP to automate Hera’s entire waste management process, managing 700 vehicles, 300,000 waste containers, more than 2,000 waste disposal orders per day, 18,000 routes and 140 destination landfills.
IBM consultants also built a mobile solution using IBM WebSphere® Application Server. The introduction of mobile technologies and sensors, connected to a central computer system, provides HergoAmbiente users with on-demand insight into the number of waste disposal orders, vehicle locations, filling percentage of waste containers, waste type collected, and percentage of streets cleaned. With real-time information, HergoAmbiente has been able to optimize the emptying frequency of containers and redesign the routes of operators based on the actual filling level of the containers. Citizens can also directly collaborate in enhanced service delivery and efficiency by sending Hera reports on bins, abandoned waste and street cleaning, and by alerting the company to any other waste management issues via a mobile application.