IBM Delivers New Tools to Empower Smarter Cities
IBM broadens its Smarter Cities offerings with new software and cloud-based services to help cities wrangle big data to provide better services.IBM announced that the cities of Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, are working with Big Blue to make data-driven decisions to transform the way they provide water, transportation and emergency management. The systems, software and services giant also announced the availability of three new cloud-based Smarter Cities management centers for transportation, water and emergency management. The new centers enable cities to begin to use their own data, as well as open data, to attain new insight into citizen services and improve decision-making for city leaders. “For the first time, we have the tools that can be applied broadly across city departments to give us greater flexibility to see reality and turn data into decisions,” said Otto Doll, chief information officer for the city of Minneapolis, in a statement. “In any city, an issue may reside in one department, but the answer lies in another. Analytics can enable a city to tell meaningful stories about what is going on in real-time through data.”
Minneapolis, Montpelier and other cities around the world are increasingly using data to make better decisions and allocate resources to respond to challenges in city infrastructure. From improving traffic management, responding rapidly to incidents, using effective communication channels with citizens and ensuring sustainable natural resources, data and analytics are providing new insight to create more effective cities. IBM has isolated the most pressing challenges and is bringing together a new way to help municipalities use big data and analytics via the cloud.