IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team delivers recommendations for a digital and carbon-neutral Geraldton

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Geraldton, Australia - 06 Sep 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced its recommendations for the City of Greater Geraldton in Western Australia to support its vision of becoming a digital and carbon-neutral city. The IBM team delivered its recommendations to facilitate smart energy and digital opportunities including proposing a ‘Virtual Power Plant’, which is a network of distributed, clean energy generators to improve power capacity and help manage consumer energy costs.

“Geraldton is projected to grow rapidly over the next decade, with more than AUD$27 billion of planned investments for the region. We have set ourselves a significant goal to be a carbon-neutral region by 2029 and we have work to do since the mining industry is our main economic driver of the region,” said Mr Ian Carpenter, Mayor of the City of Greater Geraldton.   “The increasing availability of broadband across the community gives us the opportunity to become a more sustainable, entrepreneurial hot spot with a global presence.”

As one of 33 worldwide IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant recipients in 2012, City of Greater Geraldton was awarded access to six of IBM's top experts to spend three weeks immersed in the city to analyse and advise how to become an even better place to live and work. The recommendations address the City’s ambitions for the future balanced with the enhancement of its reputation including:

“Geraldton has the opportunity to lead, and set the example for other natural resources focused cities, on how technology can be used to balance rapid growth with quality-of-life.  We have been impressed by the City’s progressive vision, openness and commitment to become a smarter city,” said David Yip, Technical Leader IBM Smarter Planet and Cities Solutions and IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team member in Geraldton.

"We are excited about the potential growth of Geraldton over the next decade, but we want to ensure we build a sustainable future for our community by maintaining a good balance between economic prosperity and quality of life. The recommendations the IBM team have developed will enable us to fast track our progress to achieve our vision for the Greater City of Geraldton” concluded Mr Ian Carpenter, Mayor of the City of Greater Geraldton.

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge

The IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a competitive grant program in which IBM is awarding a total of $50 million worth of technology and services to 100 municipalities worldwide through to 2013. Geraldton is one of 33 cities worldwide to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge in 2012 and it is the second Australian city to receive the grant, with Townsville named a winner in 2011. 

The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM's Corporate Citizenship program and IBM’s International Foundation. IBM has been a leader in corporate social responsibility and citizenship for 100 years. To find out more about IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants, please visit and

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