IBM builds operations centre for smarter cities
By Emeka Aginam
IBM on Monday announced the IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, a new technology solution designed to help cities of all sizes gain a holistic view of information across city departments and agencies.
By infusing analytical insights into municipal operations through one central point of command, the solution enable cities e to better anticipate problems, respond to crises, and manage resources.
The Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities, according to IBM will allow cities to use information and analytics to make smarter and more timely decisions, helping local leaders manage a spectrum of events, both planned and unplanned, such as deploying water maintenance crews to repair pumps before they break, alerting fire crews to broken fire hydrants at an emergency scene, or anticipating traffic congestion and preparing redirection scenarios.
Meanwhile, IDC Government Insights estimates the new Smarter Cities information technology market opportunity at $34 billion in 2011, increasing more than 18 percent per year to $57 billion by 2014.
“All cities are made up of a complex system of systems that are all inextricably linked The Intelligent Operations Center for Smarter Cities recognizes the behavior of the city as a whole, thus providing more coordinated and timely decision-making based on deep insights into how each city system will react to a given situation.
“With more than 2,000 smarter cities engagements worldwide, we are now applying best practices and solutions that can be scaled to cities of all sizes around the globe.” Anne Altman, general manager for Global Public Sector at IBM, said.
As the majority of the world’s population repatriates to metropolitan areas, key city systems such as water, power and transportation, IBM said, are being strained to breaking point. For citizens, a smarter city can mean automatically finding the fastest way to get to work, electricity and drinking water that can be counted on, and safer streets, to start with.