Green Sigma Coalition

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-02-23 Print this article Print


"Smarter buildings are key to the economic and environmental sustainability of urban environments," Lechner said in a statement. "Real-time infrastructure data coupled with analytics can enable better economic decisions and environmental outcomes. Together with an array of partners, we are delivering this value to clients today."

IBM is working with companies such as Johnson Controls and Ricoh to make buildings smarter. Johnson Controls is working with IBM to optimize energy usage and improve security and comfort for clients in more than 150 countries. The new smart building solution will help clients improve asset performance, sustainability, productivity and safety across buildings and portfolios of buildings

Ricoh is working with IBM on an advanced device and printing management system that infuses office devices with real-time tracking and monitoring to help firms significantly reduce their print-related costs, improve service and cut back on carbon footprints. Gartner estimates that organizations that manage their fleets of printers, copiers and fax machines can save between 10 and 30 percent of their print costs.

IBM also announced new customers using IBM technology to create smarter buildings at world-class facilities that require utmost precision and maintenance:

  • Galveston National Laboratories, one of two National Institutes of Health-funded bio-containment laboratories in the United States, is using IBM software to ensure the proper function and maintenance of all equipment within its facility. This helps ensure biomedical equipment like air-flow handlers, decontaminating showers and door seals and locks are working properly to assure safe and secure operations.
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest public power company in the United States, is using IBM software to manage and maintain IT and physical assets across its power facilities, including fossil, hydro, nuclear and wind energy.

In other areas, IBM also is applying its IBM Research capabilities to deliver predictive and spatial analysis for smarter buildings, critical for campuses, building complexes, factories and cities. IBM Maximo software gives clients the ability to visualize and manage their assets within their building walls and beyond a city's limits, and act on critical data about the status of their company, city, utility or building's resources. IBM Global Business Services also offers a range of smarter buildings services including solution implementation and integration services.

In 2009, IBM created an industry alliance called the Green Sigma Coalition with companies specializing in metering, monitoring, automation, data communications and software to provide smart solutions for energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas management. The coalition members are working with IBM to integrate their products and services with IBM's Green Sigma solution.

IBM also is adding smarter buildings solutions to its own operations. For example, IBM is implementing smarter building analytics through Green Sigma. Anchored on IBM Tivoli and Maximo software, this solution immediately alerts site operations teams when mechanical systems are not performing to a desired specification, which has led to higher building reliability and faster response times that drive energy savings. IBM said its intent is to implement these processes across internal operations worldwide.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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