IBM and city officials of Dubuque, Iowa, announce a partnership in which IBM will use its technology to help the community consume resources such as water, electricity, gas and oil more efficiently and reduce its impact on the environment. The alliance is part of IBM's larger Smarter Planet initiative, which uses IBM technology to address sustainability issues.
IBM is bringing its technology to Dubuque,
Iowa, to help the city become smarter in
how it distributes and consumes its resources.
The partnership between the IT vendor and the city of 60,000 people is part
of IBM's Smarter Planet initiative, which
aims to use technology resources to help communities reduce the impact on the
environment while still delivering the services residents need.
For Dubuque officials, a key goal
will be getting the best information they can on the city's delivery and usage
of resources, according to Robert Morris, vice president of IBM
"The goal of this collaboration is to develop and pilot a systematic
mechanism to give consumers and businesses the information they need to make
informed decisions about how they consume resources like electricity, water,
natural gas and oil," Morris said in a statement Sept. 17.
Dubuque has made sustainability
a city priority over the past three years, and already has a project under way
to replace water meters citywide and to use a device called an Unmeasured Flow
Reducer to help consumers and businesses find sources of water waste, such as
water leaks. It also is putting $10,000 a year toward fixing leaks and reducing
water costs for consumers, and is offering a rebate program for fixing leaks
found by the new system.
In the first phase of the partnership, IBM
will build a real-time monitoring platform that will give Dubuque
officials an integrated view of their energy management system. IBM
also will integrate its technology with Dubuque's
water management system.
IBM on Aug. 25 opened a technology
services delivery center in Dubuque
that will have 1,300 employees by the end of 2010.
The announcement comes a day after IBM
unveiled a smart grid platform designed to help utility companies become
more efficient and to give software makers a place to build their applications.