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Smarter Cities

More than half of the people on Earth live in cities, and urban populations are projected to double by mid-century. IBM is helping cities around the world tackle serious urban issues and improve the quality of life of their citizens.

Smarter Cities Innovation and Data

Cities generate a wealth of data -- the challenge is to turn it into useful information. This debate assesses how city governments, businesses and communities can collaborate to get the most value out of technology and use data to deliver better, more efficient services.

Dave Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Sunderland City Council
Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham, Birmingham City Council
Alexandra Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Cities
Pol Mac Aonghusa, Research, IBM

Smarter Cities Getting Started

A smart city vision requires a clear, collaborative roadmap, strong leadership and communities. This debate looks beyond the smart city hype to what cities can do now to create and deliver more innovative, low-carbon services in a budget-constrained environment.

Lorraine Hudson, Smart City Team Manager, Bristol City Council
Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, Peterborough City Council
Joey Tabone, Chief Executive Officer, Start
Mary Keeling, Manager, Economic Analysis, Smarter Cities, IBM

Sunderland Software Centre

Sunderland Software Centre, supported by IBM, has been designed to grow the local software sector by creating the right environment for software and technology businesses. 

Transport infrastructure is one of the main contributors to the increase of carbon emissions. But decarbonising the industry is likely to be challenging given that transport demand has continued to rise. In this video, the Economist Intelligence Unit investigates how to make transport more sustainable.

Sustainable transport from Energy Realities Videos on Vimeo.

IBM UK Smarter Cities YouTube playlist

IBM UK Smarter Cities Twitter: @CitiesIBMUK

Join the conversation on the Smarter Planet blog

Visit the UK Smarter Cities site here.

IBM Smarter City Online Game

Why city transport is set to become 'smarter' - BBC interview

News releases
Date Title
22 Jun 2015 As Hurricane Season Approaches, IBM and The Weather Company Collaborate on Emergency Management for Cities
13 Jan 2015 IBM Extends Award Winning Grant Program for Cities and Regions
10 Jan 2014 OhioHealth and IBM Scientists Join Forces to Prevent Infections in Hospitals
19 Nov 2013 Frost and Sullivan Names IBM Leading Game Changer in the Smart City Business
07 Oct 2013 IBM Extends Acclaimed Grant Program for Cities and Regions
26 Sep 2013 New IBM Smarter Cities Software on the Cloud Helps Cities Transform
13 Aug 2013 Report: IBM Brings All The Pieces of the Smart City Puzzle Together
12 Aug 2013 Made in IBM Labs: IBM Drives the Future of Renewable Energy with New Wind and Solar Forecasting System
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
20 May 2013 IBM Analytics Help Arad Group Manage Big Data for Water Meter Solutions
17 May 2013 Big Data Helps City of Dublin Improve its Public Bus Transportation Network and Reduce Congestion
15 May 2013 IBM helps transform Thames Water using Big Data Analytics in preparation for future growth
04 Mar 2013 Miami-Dade County and IBM Establish Public-Private Partnership on Smarter Cities Initiative
28 Nov 2012 The UK Ministry of Defence Uses IBM Technology to Create Smarter, Greener Buildings
14 Nov 2012 Belfast Earns IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant
14 Nov 2012 IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants to Improve Urban Life
25 Oct 2012 IBM Establishes the Smarter Energy Research Institute to Advance the Utility of the Future
17 Oct 2012 Contract awarded for new DIO Infrastructure Management Solution
27 Jun 2012 City of Davao and IBM Collaborate to Build a Smarter City
27 Jun 2012 IBM, Notre Dame, Emnet Help South Bend, Indiana Protect Public Health, Reduce Pollution with Smarter Cities Cloud Analytics
27 Jun 2012 Veolia Transdev and IBM Collaborate to Improve Urban Transport in Cities
11 Jun 2012 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team Proposes Strategy For Safer, More Efficient and Convenient Public Transport in Greater Rabat
11 Jun 2012 Charleston Police Department Aims to Reduce Crime Using IBM Predictive Analytics
07 Jun 2012 IBM Smarter Cities Technology Helps NYC Envision Solar Energy Leadership through CUNY Ventures
09 Apr 2012 Citi Partners with Streetline and IBM to Provide $25 Million Financing for Cities to Adopt Smart Parking Technology
27 Mar 2012 IBM and Hydro One Team to Improve the Power Grid in Ontario
16 Mar 2012 Birmingham awarded IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant
15 Mar 2012 IBM Names Worldwide Recipients of 2012 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants to Improve Urban Life
07 Mar 2012 IBM Analytics Help Sonoma County, California Conserve Water
05 Mar 2012 IBM Transforms The Louvre into Europe's First Smarter Museum
24 Feb 2012 City of Zhenjiang, China and IBM Collaborate to Build a Smarter City
25 Jan 2012 IBM to Help Rochester, Minn., Police Department Fight Crime
25 Jan 2012 Las Vegas Metro Police Department Expands Public Safety Operations with IBM Crime Analytics Software
24 Jan 2012 IBM and VELCO to Build Next Generation Communications Network for Vermont Energy Grid
23 Jan 2012 Cities Outlook 2012 Tips The Cities That Will Offer The Silver Lining To The Gloomy National Economic Forecast
05 Dec 2011 IBM Extends Smarter Cities Initiative through Acquisition of Cúram Software
22 Nov 2011 New Affordable Warmth Dividend To Help Vulnerable Elderly Glaswegians
22 Nov 2011 IBM survey suggests that Glaswegians consider air quality, safety and security and cooperation between public and private sectors top priorities for their city
14 Nov 2011 City of Sunderland Selects IBM to Deliver UK's First Smarter City on a Cloud
09 Nov 2011 City of Rio de Janeiro and IBM Collaborate to Advance Emergency Response System; Access to Real-Time Information Empowers Citizens
28 Sep 2011 IBM and Streetline Address One of the Great Unsolved City Problems: Parking
28 Sep 2011 IBM Global Parking Survey: Drivers Share Worldwide Parking Woes
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
22 Jun 2011 IBM survey reveals Londoners believe better cooperation between public sector services would improve the way the city is run
09 Jun 2011 IBM and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collaborate to Preserve Works of Art
09 Jun 2011 IBM and Tulane University Usher in a New Era for Smarter Buildings in New Orleans
06 Jun 2011 IBM Applies Analytics to City Operations; Helps Build Smarter Cities
13 Apr 2011 IBM, Caltrans and UC Berkeley Aim to Help Commuters Avoid Congested Roadways Before their Trip Begins
09 Mar 2011 IBM Names First Recipients Of Smarter Cities Challenge Grants
09 Mar 2011 Glasgow named an IBM Smarter city
02 Mar 2011 IBM Helps Cities Take the Guesswork Out of City Services
27 Dec 2010 City Government and IBM Close Partnership to Make Rio de Janeiro a Smarter City
27 Jul 2010 Coventry City Council and IBM successfully demonstrate new approach to public engagement
16 Mar 2010 Peterborough Launches Smarter City Project to Transform City Systems and Drive Economic Growth


  • 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: 17 Apr 2012

    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: 17 Apr 2012

    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.

  • IBM Rio Operations Center 1

    IBM Rio Operations Center 1

    Date added: 17 Apr 2012

    The new Operations Center in Rio provides the incident commander and responders with a single, unified view of all the information that they require for situational awareness.

  • IBM Rio Operations Center 2

    IBM Rio Operations Center 2

    Date added: 17 Apr 2012

    At the new Rio Operations Center, the incident commander's view provides a summary of everything happening around the city on a video wall, including surveillance cameras, maps, simulations, news updates, resources and information about incidents.

  • Rio Operations Center 3

    Rio Operations Center 3

    Date added: 17 Apr 2012

    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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