South Carolina Selects IBM Smarter Cities Solution to Help Modernize and Improve Delivery of Vital Social Programs to Citizens
IBM recently announced that the State of South Carolina has selected IBM software, part of IBM’s Smarter Cities portfolio, to help modernize its statewide Medicaid eligibility system, transforming the delivery of vital health and social programs to its citizens. The solution is expected to improve program efficiencies while meeting big data challenges and opportunities as the State migrates from a largely paper-based approach to a more open, automated platform to manage eligibility requirements.
Promoting Better Health in Haiti with IBM SmartCloud
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti increased two American doctors' efforts to create a humanitarian, non-profit program named Colleagues In Care in an effort to provide education and training to those who were affected by the earthquake. With support from IBM, Colleagues In Care is utilizing SmartCloud to share medical information with this island, just three hours from the United States. From the gray avenues of New York City to the colorful streets of Port-au-Prince, and all around the world, doctors and technologists are collaborating to save lives.
Watch below for the story of two humanitarians and how their partnership with IBM is helping local Haitian doctors and patients.
New IBM Smarter Cities Software on the Cloud Helps Cities Transform
IBM recently unveiled new capabilities in its Smarter Cities software, delivering cloud-based analytics to help cities gain powerful insights into how to better serve their citizens.
Cities around the globe are confronted with growing populations, aging infrastructure, reduced budgets, and the challenge of doing more with less. The newest IBM Intelligent Operations software portfolio, based on open cloud computing standards, helps transform city operations to become more efficient. Designed in collaboration with city leaders, the software also applies predictive analytics to help cities budget for capital improvements and improve the efficiency of water utilities.
New Project Aims to Make New York’s Lake George the “Smartest Lake” in the World
IBM recently announced the launch of “The Jefferson Project at Lake George,” a three-year, multi-million dollar collaboration with the goal of understanding and managing complex factors—including road salt, storm water runoff and invasive species—threatening one of the world’s most pristine natural ecosystems and an economic cornerstone of the New York tourism industry. The collaboration partners expect that this world-class scientific and technology facility at Lake George will create a new model for predictive preservation and remediation of critical natural systems on Lake George, in New York, and ultimately around the world.
A unique view into the progress and potential for Australia's energy systems. This short video is a light-hearted introduction to the concept of a smarter planet... and what it means for our energy systems. Take a look at what is possible when a system is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.
A unique view into the progress and potential for Australia's transport and traffic systems. This short video is a light-hearted introduction to the concept of a smarter planet... and what it means for our traffic systems. Take a look at what is possible when a system is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.
Big Data Helps City of Dublin Improve its Public Bus Transportation Network and Reduce Congestion
IBM recently announced it is helping the City of Dublin use Big Data to identify and solve the root causes of traffic congestion in its public transport network throughout the city, which means improved traffic flow and better mobility for commuters. Integrating data from a citywide network of sensors with geospatial data means that city officials are able to better monitor and manage traffic in real time.
The Dublin City Council (DCC) delivers housing, water and transport services to 1.2 million citizens across the Irish capital. To keep the city moving, the council’s traffic control center works together with local transport operators to manage an extensive network of roads, tramways and bus lanes.
In a collaboration with IBM researchers, its road and traffic department is now able to combine Big Data streaming in from an array of sources – bus timetables, inductive-loop traffic detectors, and closed-circuit television cameras, GPS updates that each of the city’s 1,000 buses transmits every 20 seconds – and build a digital map of the city overlaid with the real-time positions of Dublin’s buses using stream computing and geospatial data.
Et globalt IBM-team ankom til København i sidste uge, for at give anbefalinger til, hvordan byen kan løse udfordringen om at blive CO²-neutral i 2025. Initiativet udspringer på den ene side af Københavns Kommunes CPH 2025 Klimaplan fra august 2012, hvor byen kommitter sig til dette mål, og på den anden side af IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge, hvor udvalgte byer får en donation bestående af konsulentbistand fra seks IBM-eksperter i tre uger.
Tilbage i november blev København sammen med 30 andre byer fordelt over hele verden udvalgt til at modtage IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge-donation i 2013. Udvælgelsen indebærer, at IBM stiller et globalt eksperthold til rådighed i tre uger for at udarbejde en plan for, hvordan København kan optimere energiforbruget ved hjælp af energidata og dermed nå målet om at blive verdens første CO²-neutrale hovedstad i 2025. Det er en ambitiøs målsætning, der kræver, at byen bruger sine ressourcer mere effektivt og intelligent end i dag.
Siden udvælgelsen i november har IBM i tæt samarbejde med Københavns Kommune arbejdet på at forberede de seks IBM-eksperters ophold. Ud over selve udvælgelsen af et IBM-team med komplementære kompetencer er der brugt tid på grundigt at sætte sig ind i Københavns problemstillinger på energiområdet, så teamet kunne møde velforberedte op til tre intensive uger. IBM-eksperterne vil arbejde tæt sammen med byens embedsmænd og andre eksperter på energiområdet for at analysere data og indsamle input. IBM-teamet leverer derefter baseret på disse data og IBM’s indgående ekspertise og erfaringer på energiområdet, detaljerede anbefalinger til, hvordan byen kan implementere og prioritere løsninger på byens energimæssige udfordringer.
Arkansas Department of Human Services Taps IBM Smarter Cities Solution for IT Healthcare System Overhaul
IBM recently announced that the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) will roll out an IBM Smarter Cities solution as part of the state’s plan to modernize how it delivers social and healthcare services to citizens. With Big Data analytics, social program management functionality and advanced security capabilities, the new system will reduce cumbersome processes that exist across numerous and disparate information silos.
IBM recently announced that
it plans to open a center of excellence in New York City to help financial services
firms adopt open-source virtualization technologies. The KVM Center of
Excellence in New York
is the second such center established by IBM in the past five months. The first
was opened in December in Beijing.
The center will help clients, software engineers and business partners to
quickly leverage open-source virtualization to build cloud-computing platforms.
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
(KVM) is virtualization software designed for Linux and Windows. Virtualization
is used for server and desktop consolidation and cloud computing. KVM is an
alternative to proprietary virtualization software and can help companies
realize significant cost savings and avoid vendor lock-in. According to data
from IDC, the worldwide virtual-machine software market was on track to grow to
over $3.6 billion in 2012, up from $3.0 billion the year before, a 19.3%
year-over-year growth. KVM is growing at 150% year over year in terms of unit
shipments, with over 100,000 servers already using it worldwide for
IBM Announces New Innovations to
Help Organizations Benefit from the Next Natural Resource: Big Data
Industry First Data Acceleration Technology and New
Hadoop System for Dramatic Advancements in Speed and Simplicity
IBM recently announced new
technologies designed to help companies and governments tackle Big Data by
making it simpler, faster and more economical to analyze massive amounts of
data. New data acceleration innovation results in as much as 25 times faster
reporting and analytics.
As organizations grapple with
a flood of structured and unstructured data generated by computers, mobile
devices, sensors and social networks, they're under unprecedented pressure to
analyze much more data at faster speeds and at lower costs to help deepen
customer relationships, prevent threat and fraud, and identify new revenue
This announcement, which
represents the work of hundreds of IBM developers and researchers in labs
around the world, includes an industry-first innovation called "BLU
Acceleration," which combines a number of techniques to dramatically
improve analytical performance and simplify administration.
Deutsche Telekom and IBM Collaborate
to Help Build Smarter Cities
Deutsche Telekom and IBM
recently announced a collaboration to provide an integrated solutions portfolio
that enables cities to make smarter use of their services through intelligent
data capture and analysis. The Smarter Cities solutions will build on IBM's
expertise from thousands of smarter city engagements combined with Deutsche
Telekom's global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) capabilities, which include M2M
solutions integration and advanced network connectivity.
The M2M communication
technology facilitates the automated exchange of information between terminal equipment
such as machines, vehicles and containers or with a central control center –
creating an inter-connectivity often referred to as the “Internet of Things.” By
using sensors embedded in a wide array of systems serving the public -- such as
a traffic lights, public transport vehicles or parking spaces -- M2M technology
can report on the status of the system being monitored via the Internet in
real-time. Combining this technology with IBM’s Smarter Cities expertise will
enable intelligent, real-time decision-making allowing for services such as
intelligent traffic management, route optimization, bus or train arrival
prediction, and parking space management.
The Smarter Cities solutions
from Deutsche Telekom and IBM will notably benefit municipalities as they
deliver significant cost efficiencies through better use of their existing
infrastructure and improved planning of resources. This will help cities more
quickly design and deploy next-generation intelligence systems that improve
sustainability. It will also improve the quality of life for citizens, who will
be able to anticipate traffic delays and bus or train arrivals when traveling,
find public parking spots more easily, and gain improved access to a wide array
of relevant city information and services, for example.
Dutch City Region of Eindhoven Works with IBM
and NXP to Improve Traffic Flow and Road
Real-Time Sensor Data from Vehicles and Road Traffic Data with IBM MobileFirst
Enables Officials to Monitor and Act on Unexpected Road Conditions
In this video, IBM, NXP and
partners demonstrate the first results of a smarter traffic pilot, conducted in
the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
The trial demonstrates how the connected car automatically shares braking,
acceleration and location data that can be analyzed by the central traffic
authority to identify and resolve road network issues.
Waterfund LLC recently announced that it has
signed an agreement with IBM to develop a Water Cost Index (WCI).
Scientists from IBM Research will apply Big
Data expertise, acting as a calculation agent, to analyze large and diverse
unstructured data sets. This will be used to develop of a WCI framework that
would estimate the cost of water in different regions around the world. With
its market and financial product expertise, Waterfund will work to structure
and commercialize the WCI.
Population growth, massive urbanization and
climate change are placing increasing demands on our limited water
supply. Forty one percent of the world’s population – that’s 2.3 billion
people – live in water-stressed areas; this number is expected to grow to 3.5
billion by 2025. And according to the United Nations, water use has been
growing at more than twice the rate of population increase over the last
With advances in technology — deep computing
and Big Data analytics linked to sophisticated sensor networks and smart meters
— IBM is helping clients and partners make smarter decisions about water
management. By monitoring, measuring and analyzing water systems, from
rivers and reservoirs to pumps and pipes, we can better understand the issues
around water. IBM is applying its expertise in smart systems and Big Data
to help companies, governments and citizens understand and more effectively
deal with these issues. As governments are increasingly forced to turn to the private sector to fund the construction and maintenance of complex water networks, the Rickards Real Cost Water Index™ will serve as a benchmark for helping measure hundreds of critical projects on a like-for-like basis. Index values will reflect estimated water production costs measured in US dollars per cubic metre for a variety of major global water infrastructure projects ranging from retail water utilities and wholesale water utilities to major transmission projects.
IBM Smarter Cities
Solution Enables Maryland
to Expand Health Insurance Options for Citizens
IBM recently announced that one of its
Smarter Cities solutions will be used by Maryland
for its state based health insurance exchange currently under development. The
company will deliver the eligibility and enrollment capabilities the State
needs to enable its citizens to find high quality, affordable health
Maryland has almost six million citizens according to the
latest U.S. Census data. In building the Maryland Health
Connection, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will work with the
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Department of
Human Resources to expand coverage and improve the quality of citizen health
benefits. The IBM solution -- including software, servers and storage -- will
support plan comparison, eligibility determination and benefit enrollment.
Maryland chose IBM for its ability to manage the unique
requirements of government administered social programs. With more than 3,000
social services processes and rules included, it allows agencies to quickly
introduce new programs and supports federal guidelines for Medicaid and public
IBM Doubles its Presence
and CIS Opening 10 New Branches
Part of a $6 million investment to
capture Russian regional growth opportunity in 2012
IBM recently announced the opening of 10 new branch
offices across Russia
and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as part of a major initiative
to capture regional business growth and increase its presence in the fastest
growing markets in the world.
The move is part of an incremental investment of $6
million that IBM will make this year in the Russia and CIS region to expand its
operations and increase its footprint to 22 offices. To strengthen its support
for clients and partners, IBM will also double its staff in the Russian regions
and CIS countries by the end of 2012. IBM will also strengthen its business
partner network across the region to over 4,000 partners this year.
Smarter Cities workshop An event for European Consultants and System
Integrators Date: June 28th - 29th at IBM
Cities today are confronting serious challenges that can
affect their economies, competitiveness and ability to deliver core services to
citizens. Cities are complex systems of systems, and the challenge they face
often touch multiple agencies, including operations, transportation, water,
public, safety, energy, buildings, education, healthcare and social services. City
leaders must address those challenges by fostering innovation, and creating new
opportunities from the harsh realities of aging infrastructures, declining
budgets, changing demographics and increasing threats.
This one-and-a-half day workshop, targeted specifically to
Consultants & System Integrators working with cities and regional
governments will go into the details of IBM Smarter
City key solutions that
can help increase the quality of services provided to citizens and business
while enhancing the efficiency of cities operations.
We will during this workshop
IBM Smarter Cities Strategy, solutions and best practices.
and demonstrate IBM
Center as well as other
Key Software solutions (tririga, Maximo EAM .. )
Building assets and demo
how to improve Energy efficiency with BAO
Big Data Challenges and a real case study based on Smart Metering
IBM Capabilities around Water Management
We look forward to meeting you in Montpellier. Limited seats available, please
register via your IBM Representative or Technical Advocate.
and ZSE Create Virtual Green Highway for Electric Vehicles E-Mobility
Project Identifies EV Charging Station Options between Two Cities
announces it has teamed with Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.
(ZSE), the largest distributor and supplier of electricity in
Slovakia, on a smart energy “feasibility” study that will help
prepare the capital city Bratislava for electric vehicles (Evs).
e-mobility technology, the study will help identify the possibilities
of connecting two neighboring metropolitan areas – Bratislava,
Slovakia and Vienna, Austria with a "green" highway. This
highway will interconnect the two cities with a network of public
charging stations for electric vehicles.
study is part of a larger pilot project - VIBRATe' (VIenna BRATislava
E-mobility), a first of its kind in Central Europe, with a goal to
reduce emissions with a smarter, energy efficient transportation
system. Currently, the average combustion engine produces about 45 kg
of CO2 per year during the route from Vienna to Bratislava.