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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An event for European Consultants and System
Date: May 3rd - 4th, location: IBM Montpellier, France
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 infrastructure,
declining budgets, changing demographics and increasing threats.
Cities and regional governments need to:
Leverage information to make better decisions
Anticipate problems to resolve them proactively
Efficiently coordinate resources
Provide efficient, effective and sage transportation
Increase water quality and service
Ensure public safety, improve health and well-being of
Enhance the operational efficiency of buildings, reduce
energy consumption and make sure facilities are reliable and
Improve social services outcomes
This one-and-a-half day workshop, targeted specifically
to Consultants & Systems 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
We will during this workshop:
Present IBM Smarter Cities Strategy, solutions and best
Present and demonstrate IBM Intelligent Operations
Center as well as other Key Software solutions
Present Smarter Building assets and demo
Demonstrate how to improve Energy efficiency with BAO
through a real Case Study
Present Big Data Challenges and a real case study based
on Smart Metering
Present IBM Capabilities around Water Management.
We look forward to meeting you in Montpellier. Limited
seats available, please register via your IBM Representative or
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.
IBM is announcing intent to acquire Cúram Software Ltd. – the leading
provider of solutions for social programs
In a move that extends IBM leadership in Smarter Cities,
IBM announced intent to acquire Curam Software Ltd., the leading provider of
solutions for social programs, including health & human services, workforce
services, and social security organizations – bolstering Smarter Cities
and the citizens they serve.
Cúram software is used in more than 80 government agency projects around
the world to provide the timely access to the right social programs, deliver
integrated services through those programs, and drive improved outcomes and
reduced costs. The citizen-centered solutions address the increasing complexity
and growing needs for social programs while delivering efficiency and improved
Cúram’s capabilities and expertise will advance the IBM Smarter Cities
initiative, which focuses on driving sustainable growth by leveraging
information to make better decisions, anticipating problems to resolve them
proactively, and coordinating resources and process to operate effectively.
This acquisition will extend IBM’s ability to provide transformative business
solutions and services to cities and governments globally.
Together, IBM and Cúram will help leaders around the world achieve
breakthrough efficiency and new levels of citizen-centered service – delivering
improved outcomes, total integrated service delivery and total cost reduction.
“We are committed to helping leaders in cities and governments at all
levels improve efficiency and deliver improved outcomes, and increasingly
improve the lives of their citizens,” said Craig Hayman, General Manager of IBM
Industry Solutions. “People are facing increasing needs for social and health
programs and leaders must innovate to improve delivery amid great demand. We
are honored to provide solutions that help leaders deliver real value to the
people they serve.”
Since 1999, IBM and Cúram have collaborated on federal, state, local,
and provincial-level social programs solutions around the world. Cúram’s
software is certified for use with the IBM Government Industry Framework and
has been part of IBM Global Business Services’ Integrated Case Management
solution since 2001.
Cúram, which means “care and protection” in Irish, is based in Dublin, Ireland,
with offices throughout North America, Europe, Australia,
In addition to end-to-end solutions for social programs, the acquisition of
Cúram brings the expertise of 700 employees. After the closing, Cúram will be
integrated into the Industry Solutions division of the IBM Software Group.