IT & Network Infrastructure : 25 Things You Might Not Know About IBM's Smarter Planet Strategy

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-10-19
 
 
 

25 Things You Might Not Know About IBMs Smarter Planet Strategy

by Darryl K. Taft

25 Things You Might Not Know About IBMs Smarter Planet Strategy

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IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano helped formally launch Smarter Planet with a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City on Nov. 6, 2008.

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IBM and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are using medical equipment, satellite communications and remotely supported electronic health-record technology so residents of Tristan da Cunha—the world's most remote inhabited island, in the south Atlantic—can receive care from medical experts anywhere in the world.

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The Russian Hydrometeorological Research Institute is using an IBM System z mainframe and storage technology to study the processes of water and energy exchange between the Earth surface and lower layers of the atmosphere. The data could help forecast climate change.

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According to the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, global counterfeit drug sales will grow at almost twice the rate of legitimate pharmaceutical commerce by 2010. IBM is providing technology that can make every bottle of medication traceable from the manufacturing floor to distributors, pharmacies and hospitals.

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Using IBM technology, authorities can reduce the impact of food-borne illnesses by tracing food from the farm or manufacturing floor to supermarkets.

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Water seems to be the most abundant resource available on Earth. Actually, 97 percent of all water is saltwater; 2 percent is held in snow and icebergs; and only 1% is freshwater. One of every five people on the planet lacks ready access to safe drinking water. The United Nations warns that that figure could grow to one in every three by 2025. IBM is working to optimize water usage and management as part of its Smarter Planet initiative.

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As part of IBM's Smart City project in Shenyang, China, IBM will analyze data from the city's sewage and plumbing systems to determine where water is being wasted and how access to clean drinking water can be improved.

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IBM is collaborating with the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in New York on a technology-based monitoring and forecasting network for the Hudson River.

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IBM is helping Vietnamese seafood companies use Radio Frequency Identification technology to track exports. The project will allow distributors and retailers to track the origin of Vietnamese seafood exports, helping to ensure seafood's freshness upon its arrival in global markets.

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Implanet, a manufacturer of implantable medical devices including knee and hip implants, is using IBM sensor technology to track medical devices from Implanet to hospitals and make it easier for patients to learn about potential recalls.

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IBM is working with the New York City Police Department to research crime trends and produce reports through the Crime Information Warehouse. Officers and analysts can detect crime patterns as they are forming, enabling precinct commanders to take proactive measures to stay ahead of these trends.

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IBM's Smarter Planet initiative is on Twitter at http://twitter.com/smarterplanet.

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IBM's Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, sends teams of 8-10 employees from around the world to emerging markets for a month. By 2010, 1,500 employees will work pro bono with local organizations and small businesses to provide skills necessary to improve the local economy and foster job creation.

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AISO.net, a 100 percent solar-powered Web hosting company based in Romoland, Calif., overhauled its data centers with IBM System x servers and cut its power consumption by more than half.

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IBM recently introduced the IBM Smart Analytics System, designed to give companies insight to anticipate business conditions, capture new opportunities and avoid risks.

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IBM has a business consulting service—Green Sigma for Water—that pinpoints, measures and monitors water usage and creates process improvements to reduce water use. IBM pilots have achieved 30 percent reductions in water usage.

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IBM is working with the country of Malta to establish an end-to-end electricity and water smart utility system.

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Using advanced analytics, Chinese transportation giant COSCO was able to cut logistics costs by 23 percent and CO2 emissions by 15 percent.

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IBM has established a Global Center of Excellence for Water Management in Amsterdam to help governments develop enhanced prediction and protection systems for low-lying coastal areas and river deltas. Also, IBM and Cisco today are teaming on a pilot to help the Dutch utility Nuon and the city of Amsterdam make smarter use of energy by enabling consumers to make more informed decisions about their energy consumption. The pilot program is part of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative, in which citizens, governments and companies are working together to make more efficient use of energy, water and mobility to create a more sustainable city.

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IBM this year conducted 158 in-person interviews with CIOs of midsize companies to better understand their views on the role of IT in making businesses run smarter.

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IBM is partnering with New York-based Tumblr to launch the Smarter Cities Scan , a social media project in crowdsourced research and open knowledge exchange. The initiative is using advanced IBM analytics technology to scan participants' input to build a public blueprint for Smarter Cities. The output will be available to cities and grassroots groups to use as a foundation for projects to make urban centers smarter via a Smarter Cities Open Model .

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IBM is collaborating with more than 250 universities in 50 countries that are offering courses or degree programs in Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME). SSME is a new academic discipline designed to produce students with the combined business and technology skills needed to enter today's work force ready to contribute immediately to their countries' economic and innovation agendas. SSME educates people about these complex systems and networks that serve customers better, creating what IBM calls a smarter planet—building a smarter health care system, smart grids and smarter cities.

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IBM, the City of Shenyang, and China's Northeastern University are working on a "smart city" collaboration effort focused on enabling Shenyang to improve the lives of its citizens by meeting its environmental responsibility goals. The team has established the Shenyang Eco-City Research Institute-Collaboratory-to advance technology solutions that enable cities to conserve natural resources, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthy environment in which citizens can live and work. A Collaboratory is a laboratory where IBM researchers co-locate with a university, government or commercial partner to share skills, assets and resources to achieve a common research goal.

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IBM has created an advanced, integrated network video monitoring systems for Chicago's Navy Pier. The project increases video security capabilities at Navy Pier and integrates new and existing safety resources to safeguard people and property. IBM's Smart Surveillance Solution (SSS) technology developed by IBM Research allows video analytics to monitor the waterway and alert security personnel when unauthorized boats approach restricted areas. In addition to local monitoring from the Pier's command center, the complete monitoring environment is also accessible by the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), the City's 911 and incident management center, and by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Marine Unit, the City's first responders for water-related incidents.

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IBM and a group of leading utilities—the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition—handed over stewardship of their Smart Grid Maturity Model to the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI). As progressive utilities around the globe modernize power grids with digital technology, executives want to know that making the grid smarter is the right thing to do and they want to know how to do it.

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