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Smarter Cities

Smarter Cities

Consider the rate at which cities are changing and growing today. It's estimated that the urban population increases by 2 people every second.  Rapid urbanization, strained infrastructure, and enormous amounts of data are placing new demands -- and creating opportunities -- for cities.  IBM is working with cities around the world to use advanced technologies, like analytics, to help identify ways to tackle urbanization challenges, improve sustainability and deliver better services to their citizens.

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News releases
Date Title
03 Mar 2015 Vodafone Spain Announces Vodafone Connected City Initiative
20 Nov 2014 Barcelona Metropolitan Area Selects IBM Smarter Cities Technology To Help Manage Parks and Beaches
19 Nov 2014 Veolia and IBM Join Forces to Deliver New Digital Urban Solutions To Transform Water, Energy and Waste Management Services for Cities
23 Sep 2014 Kerala Water Authority Uses IBM Big Data & Analytics Technology for Seamless Water Distribution in Thiruvananthapuram
08 Sep 2014 IBM Helps São Paulo Unify Traffic Data and Services for Nearly 4,000 Miles of Highways
11 Jun 2014 Palava, India’s Next Big Planned City, Builds Smarter City Foundation with IBM
07 Jul 2014 City of Madrid Implements Large Smarter Cities Environmental Analytics Project
25 Jun 2014 Qatar Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ Selects IBM for Smarter Infrastructure
02 Jun 2014 IBM and AECOM Announce First Cities to Pilot UN Disaster Resilience Scorecard
29 May 2014 The Department of Science & Technology and IBM Collaborate to Build an Intelligent Operations Center for the Philippines
28 May 2014 IBM Unleashes New Tools To Accelerate Data-Driven Cities
28 May 2014 City of Minneapolis Turns Analytics into Insight with IBM
24 Apr 2014 Georgia’s Flint River Partnership Taps IBM for Data-Driven Agriculture Solutions
14 Apr 2014 IBM technology underpins project to make British Columbia’s the “smartest coast on the planet”
31 Mar 2013 Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award Names IBM Best-in-Class Global Smart City Integrator
24 Mar 2014 Norwegian Public Roads Administration Turns to IBM to Enhance Traffic Management
21 Feb 2014 Bangalore Water Taps IBM for Big Data Analytics
18 Feb 2014 AT&T And IBM Join Forces To Deliver New Innovations For The Internet of Things
19 Nov 2013 Frost and Sullivan Names IBM Leading Game Changer in the Smart City Business
19 Nov 2013 IBM Helps Cities in Basque Region of Spain Build A Sustainable Community and Turn Data into Insight
07 Nov 2013 Brazil’s GRU Airport Teams with IBM to Transform Operations and Services
31 Oct 2013 IBM, City of Fort Lauderdale Collaborate to Bolster Anti-Crime Resources
26 Sep 2013 New IBM Smarter Cities Software on the Cloud Helps Cities Transform
19 Sep 2013 IBM to Help Transform Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor with Creation of Smarter and Sustainable Cities
17 Sep 2013 Yarra Trams Keeps Melbourne Tram Network on Track With IBM
05 Sep 2013 City of Lisbon, Portugal and IBM Demonstrate Use of Smarter Cities Technology To Enhance Emergency Preparedness
21 Aug 2013 IBM Named an IDC MarketScape Leader for Business Consulting for U.S. Smarter Cities Projects
15 Aug 2013 Da Nang, Vietnam Turns to IBM to Transform City Systems
13 Aug 2013 Report: IBM Brings All The Pieces of the Smart City Puzzle Together
24 Jul 2013 Dublin City University to Introduce Students to Master in Analytics and Big Data with IBM Smarter Cities
16 Jul 2013 Report: IBM Named #1 Among Smart City Suppliers by Navigant Research
18 Jun 2013 France’s Nice Côte d’Azur Region Taps IBM to Help Build a Smarter, Sustainable City
16 May 2013 IBM helps transform Thames Water using Big Data Analytics in preparation for future growth
17 May 2013 Big Data Helps City of Dublin Improve its Public Bus Transportation Network and Reduce Congestion
13 Mar 2013 Commonwealth of Massachusetts, City of Boston, Boston University & IBM Partner to Build a ‘Smarter Planet’
08 Mar 2013 France’s Montpellier District Turns to IBM to Help Build City of the Future
04 Mar 2013 Miami-Dade County and IBM Establish Public-Private Partnership on Smarter Cities Initiative
22 Feb 2013 Deutsche Telekom and IBM Collaborate to Help Build Smarter Cities
21 Feb 2013 Dutch City Region of Eindhoven Works with IBM and NXP to Improve Traffic Flow and Road Safety
30 Jan 2013 IBM Report Identifies Ways Nashville Region Can Improve Transportation, Economic Growth
28 Jan 2013 IBM Helps Cities Nationwide Make the Grade for K-12 School Districts
17 Jan 2013 City of Cologne Completes Smarter Traffic Pilot with IBM
14 Nov 2012 IBM and City of Lyon, France to Create Transportation Management Center of the Future
13 Nov 2012 Fast Growing Dutch City Applies IBM Analytics to Improve Services to Citizens
13 Nov 2012 Nuremberg City Council Drives Efficiency with IBM Analytics Technology
13 Sep 2012 IBM Helps Cities Worldwide Measure Public Social Sentiment on Critical Issues
27 Jun 2012 IBM, Notre Dame, Emnet Help South Bend, Indiana Protect Public Health, Reduce Pollution with Smarter Cities Cloud Analytics
27 Jun 2012 City of Davao and IBM Collaborate to Build a Smarter City
27 Jun 2012 Veolia Transdev and IBM Collaborate to Improve Urban Transport in Cities
09 Apr 2012 Citi Partners with Streetline and IBM to Provide $25 Million Financing for Cities to Adopt Smart Parking Technology
24 Feb 2012 City of Zhenjiang, China and IBM Collaborate to Build a Smarter City
21 Nov 2011 IBM Helps India’s Wave Inc Build Smarter Township
09 Nov 2011 City of Rio de Janeiro and IBM Collaborate to Advance Emergency Response System; Access to Real-Time Information Empowers Citizens
09 Nov 2011 IBM Selects Five Brazilian Startup Companies to Help Build Smarter Cities
09 Aug 2011 IBM and City of Portland Collaborate to Build a Smarter City
09 Aug 2011 IBM to Help Cities Predict Long-Term Effect of Municipal Policies
06 Jun 2011 IBM Applies Analytics to City Operations; Helps Build Smarter Cities
02 Mar 2011 IBM Helps Cities Take the Guesswork Out of City Services
01 Mar 2011 Cities Get Smarter with IBM's Location-based Analytics
27 Dec 2010 City Government and IBM Close Partnership to Make Rio de Janeiro a Smarter City
13 Dec 2010 IBM Helps Corpus Christi Build a Smarter City
04 Oct 2010 City of Dubuque Teams with IBM to Provide Citizens Smarter Water Services
21 Jul 2010 Memphis Police Department Reduces Crime Rates with IBM Predictive Analytics Software
05 May 2010 IBM Helps Finnish Transport Agency Manage Finland's Road Network
07 Dec 2009 IBM and City of Chesapeake Build a Smarter City
23 Jun 2009 IBM and SFPUC Team to Help Reduce Water Pollution in the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean
12 Jan 2009 Fire Department of New York Selects IBM for Intelligent Fire Safety System


  • City of Madrid Taps New Smarter Cities Technology

    City of Madrid Taps New Smarter Cities Technology

    Date added: 07 Jul 2014

    Through IBM’s subsidiary INSA, the City of Madrid will begin using an innovative technology platform, Madrid Intelligent MiNT, which will help improve communications with citizens, anticipate issues and coordinate resources more efficiently. (Credit: City of Madrid)

  • Miami Dade County Water Sustainability Module

    Miami Dade County Water Sustainability Module

    Date added: 04 Mar 2013

    The Miami-Dade County Water Module alerts the Tropical Park Manager to leaky pipes in real-time to prevent water waste. Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is using IBM's Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) software to save an estimated $1 million in water costs this year. This savings will be directed into services for residents including after-school programs and swim lessons for 10,000 kids this summer. (Credit: IBM)

  • Portland Heater

    Portland Heater

    Date added: 28 Jan 2013

    Buildings used by the Portland, Oregon, public school system are on average nearly 70-years-old. This heater is an example of some of the aging infrastructure the schools are dependent on to maintain a safe and comfortable learning environment for students. With IBM Smarter Building technology Portland Public Schools are improving modernization efforts and more efficiently prioritizing repairs. (Photo courtesy of Portland Public Schools)

  • Portland Cracked Windowsill

    Portland Cracked Windowsill

    Date added: 28 Jan 2013

    This cracked windowsill at a school building in Portland, Oregon, is an example of the types of structural repairs needed across Portland Public School buildings. With IBM Smarter Building technology Portland Public Schools are reducing facilities management costs by 15 percent while improving speed of modernization by 46 percent. (Photo courtesy of Portland Public Schools)

  • Portland Building

    Portland Building

    Date added: 28 Jan 2013

    This is a picture of one of the 81 buildings used by the Portland, Ore., public school system. On average these buildings are nearly 70-years-old. Using IBM Tririga, Portland Public Schools can prioritize building modernization efforts, a critical element when determining budgets for repairing aging infrastructure. (Photo courtesy of Portland Public Schools)

  • Suncoast


    Date added: 28 Jan 2013

    With nearly 178,000 students and 4,500 acres of land, the School District of Palm Beach County is the 11th largest school district in the United States. This is a picture of Suncoast High School in Palm Beach County--a math, science and engineering magnet school, rated by Newsweek as one of the top ten public high schools in the country. The School District of Palm Beach County is using IBM Smarter Building technology to increase profits generated from their non-school hour building and room rental program. Since rolling out the IBM solution, the program has increased leasing revenue and is expected to generate $4.5 million this year, providing a much needed source of funding for the district.

  • Clark Country School District

    Clark Country School District

    Date added: 28 Jan 2013

    Clark County School District in Nevada is the fifth largest school district in the country. This map indicates the locations of the 392 schools and administrative buildings across the 8,000 square mile school district. IBM Maximo software has streamlined CCSD's method for prioritizing, responding and repairing more than 110,000 work orders generated each year across the school district. (Photo courtesy of Clark County School District)

  • IBM CEO Sam Palmisano and SVP Ginni Rometty Receive Key to the City of Rio de Janeiro

    IBM CEO Sam Palmisano and SVP Ginni Rometty Receive Key to the City of Rio de Janeiro

    Date added: 09 Nov 2011

    IBM Chairman, President and CEO Samuel J. Palmisano (left), and IBM Senior Vice President and incoming President and CEO Ginni Rometty (right), receive a key to the city of Rio de Janeiro from mayor Eduardo Paes. IBM became the first corporation to receive the honor following the successful launch of the Rio Operations Center. IBM is hosting its Smarter Cities Forum in Rio today to help government and business leaders learn how to tackle the challenge of mass urbanization

  • Rio Operations Center

    Rio Operations Center

    Date added: 04 Oct 2011

    IBM worked with Rio to design a command center that integrates over 20 city departments to improve emergency response management and collaboration across the city. Predictive analytics capabilities use information to decide how to best react to current events and how to best plan for what is likely to happen in the future in order to minimize impact on citizens.

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    Rio Operations Center 3

    Date added: 28 Dec 2010

    The Rio Operations Center, which will be located in Cidade Nova, will integrate and interconnect information from multiple government departments and public agencies in the municipality to improve city safety and responsiveness to various types of incidents, such as flash floods and landslides.

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Vineeta Durani
IBM Media Relations

Holli Haswell
IBM Media Relations