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Speaking of smarter cities...here's your chance to build one
Delaney Turner 270002T14M firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ibmsoftware cityone
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A quick addition to my last post about Smarter Cities. Turns out my colleagues over in the Websphere division of IBM Software Group have built an entire browser-based game that brings the challenges facing our urban infrastructures into vivid detail, then challenges you to fix them.
Without, of course, having the outcomes actually be real.
CityOne is a virtual simulation that challenges you, the decision-maker, to make real-world decisions for real-world outcomes.
As my blogging colleague TurboTodd explains:
CityOne is a gaming environment that presents a unique opportunity for business leaders, city planners and government agencies to develop and budget improvements that address the challenges facing today’s global cities.
Delivered as a simulation game, players have the opportunity to explore more than 100 real-world scenarios to transform cities through technologies that reduce traffic congestion, save water, streamline supply chains and tap alternative energy sources through a series of crisis scenarios.
In all of the missions, players must determine the best way to balance the city’s financial, environmental and sociological interests. They are challenged with improving the city by attaining revenue and profit goals, increasing customer satisfaction, and making the environment greener with a limited budget.I could write more about it, but seeing as Todd's already done such a fantastic job, I'd suggest reading his take on it instead. Also, I'd also recommend you try it out, too. After all, when was the last time you could legitimately play while at work?