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IBM Launches New Era of Smarter Buildings


LAS VEGAS, - 22 Feb 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is creating smarter buildings, offices, and urban infrastructure worldwide.

With intelligence embedded into the physical assets of an organization, IBM is helping clients create a command center to manage not only their data center and IT design, but also the physical assets as diverse as water mains, office equipment, door locks, printers, heating systems and fire hydrants.  

IBM's expertise in systems management, analytics and sensors is unmatched for bridging the physical and digital worlds and creating new intelligent infrastructures critical for buildings to operate more efficiently. Buildings account for 80 percent of New York City's carbon emissions each year, for example, and buildings emit more emissions into the environment than our cars do.  

A smarter building can quickly sense and respond at every system level possible. By joining its software, research and services expertise together with industry-leading partners, IBM is helping clients:

"Smarter buildings are key to the economic and environmental sustainability of urban environments," said Rich Lechner, vice president, Energy and Environment for IBM, "Real-time infrastructure data coupled with analytics can enable better economic decisions and environmental outcomes. Together with an array of partners, we are delivering this value to clients today."

IBM is working with companies like Johnson Controls and Ricoh to make buildings smarter:  

IBM also announced new customers using IBM technology to create smarter buildings at world-class facilities that require utmost precision and maintenance:

IBM is also applying its Research capabilities to deliver predictive and spatial analysis for smarter buildings, critical for campuses, building complexes, factories and cities.  IBM Maximo software gives clients the ability to visualize and manage their assets within their building walls and beyond a city's limits, and act on critical data about the status of their company, city, utility or building's resources. IBM Global Business Services also offers a range of smarter buildings services including solution implementation and integration services.

Last year IBM created an industry alliance called the Green Sigma™ Coalition with companies specializing in metering, monitoring, automation, data communications and software to provide smart solutions for energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas management.  The coalition members are working with IBM to integrate their products and services with IBM's Green Sigma™ solution.

IBM is adding smarter buildings solutions to its own operations. For example, IBM is implementing smarter building analytics through Green Sigma™. Anchored on IBM Tivoli and Maximo software, this solution immediately alerts site operations teams when mechanical systems are not performing to a desired specification, which has led to higher building reliability and faster response times that drive energy savings. IBM's intention is to implement these processes across internal operations worldwide.

Smarter Buildings for a Smarter Planet

IBM is delivering technology that manages office buildings, warehouses, factories, power plants, laboratories, campuses, apartments, resorts and all types of buildings to save costs, better manage systems, and reduce carbon emissions.  IBM software, hardware and services help create, manage and maintain the world's most intelligent and interconnected infrastructures from smarter buildings, cities, utilities, offices, transportation systems and operations in every industry.

For more information about the Green Sigma coalition visit:   http://www.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27814.wss

For more information please visit www.ibm.com/smarterplanet and http://www.ibm.com/ibm/servicemanagement/index.html

For photos, videos and more, please visit the Tivoli Pulse press kit here, www.ibm.com/press/pulse

To join the discussion on the IBM Smarter Planet blog, visit http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2010/02/smarter-buildings-for-a-smarter-planet.html

Contact(s) information

Colleen Haikes
IBM Media Relations
415-545-4003
chaikes@us.ibm.com

Emily Horn
IBM Media Relations
415-545-2634
horne@us.ibm.com

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