IBM’s view of the smart and resilient city

Posted on April 21, 2015  /  0 Comments

Was surprised the Rio operations center from 2010 is still Exhibit 1. Has nothing much happened since? I can’t find any reports in the past tense about Bangalore water supply other than the para below. Guess it is still work in progress.

A different view of resiliency considers the creation of “smart” infrastructure that is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, and provides the owners with adaptive capacity, the foundation for resilience.

Consider Rio de Janeiro’s use of technology to mitigate a threat posed by persistent and deadly flash flooding. Today, the city of Rio, with the help of IBM, has created an Intelligent Operations Center that integrates information from 30 separate agencies for a unified response to floods, landslides and other natural disasters. Through the use of flood modeling, advanced weather technology and micrometeorology, the IOC provides precision forecasting that helps city officials plan for, and response to, emergencies more timely and effectively.

The application of information technology has also helped city planners in Bangalore, with the help of IBM, to improve the water supply to its 9 million inhabitants through the installation of hundreds of Doppler meters, linked by cellphones to a SCADA system to better manage flow, detect leaks and create pressure balance in the system so more citizens have access to reliable water.

Technology is also being used in numerous cities to fight social ills like crime. Software designed for police, IBM i2 Coplink, consolidates data from multiple sources to generate tactical leads that help prevent crime and catch offenders. The use of predictive analytics is just one of many technological solutions helping to create more sustainable and resilient communities.

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