IBM Raises the IQ of School Buildings in Smarter Schools Initiative
Most people have technology—particularly their smartphones—within arm's reach at all times. However, the technology that could have the most impact is the technology most never see or touch; it's just making lives better behind the scenes. Five years ago, IBM launched Smarter Planet with the idea that the world is becoming intelligent, instrumented and interconnected. There are trillions of sensors today monitoring, tracking and communicating, and as a result, everything from a mechanical valve to the most sophisticated electrical grid is going to be improved by technology. IBM this year is expanding its Smarter Planet vision into new areas, including public school systems. IBM in March announced new projects with three public schools to help them offset budget cuts and operate more efficiently. The school districts of Palm Beach Country in Florida, Portland Public Schools in Oregon, and Clark County School District in Nevada are using IBM Smarter Building technology to reduce operating costs, generate new revenue and increase their returns on capital investments. Through IBM software and analytics, the schools can monitor and manage their physical assets more effectively. This slide show looks at some of the ways IBM is working to foster smarter schools.