IBM’s SmarterCities for a Smarter Planet

Last week, some key people from IBM’s Smarter Cities Program sat down with reporters and bloggers from NYC to explain what they do and what they are about.  The video below comes from an impromptu interview with Robert Morris,  the Vice President of Services Research.  (Apologies for the background noise; we were at the US Open!)

I will let Mr. Morris do the bulk of the talking, for now, and conclude this post with just a few thoughts.  First of all, I am fascinated by some of the technologies and solutions bundled up in the Smarter Cities package.  The smart traffic system and the  intelligent power grid are two particularly interesting and cutting edge projects within the universe of urban sustainability initiatives.  I also have a strong appreciation for their emphasis on the interconnectedness of systems and for the parallel recognition that built infrastructure must be networked, interdependent and intelligent.

The process by which particular solutions are chosen, implemented, and paid for, however, is something that I am curious to learn more about.  One of the IBM representatives explained that the Smarter Cities program begins with intiating conversations and dialogue about the pressing ecological issues at hand and, to this end, they will be hosting a jam-packed and star-studded forum in NYC later this autumn.  We here at CISC couldn’t agree more; communication and dialogue are curicial elements to any successful movement toward greater sustainability.  At some point, however, products and services are purchased and the issue of how to navigate the (often blurry) lines between public, private and non-profit interests in a way that remains transparent and accountable becomes important.

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  2. CUNY bloggers: I wanted to invite you, the CUNY community and your readers to a related effort…IBM’s new collaborative intelligence project with NYC-based Tumblr –The SmarterCities Scan (http://smartercities.tumblr.com) — that we announced on the heels of the Smarter Cities Summit and the launch of the NYC Business Analytics Center.

    All are invited to contribute their ideas and insights on building a planet of smarter cities. The goal: to create an Smarter Cities Open Model that can serve as a template for grassroots groups and civic organizations to build on.

  3. CUNY Folks: I wanted to invite you, the CUNY community and your readers to a related effort…IBM’s new collaborative intelligence project with NYC-based Tumblr –The SmarterCities Scan (http://smartercities.tumblr.com) — that we announced on the heels of the Smarter Cities Summit and the launch of the NYC Business Analytics Center.

    All are invited to contribute their ideas and insights on building a planet of smarter cities. The goal: to create an Smarter Cities Open Model that can serve as a template for grassroots groups and civic organizations to build on.

  4. Jack Mason, IBM Global Business Services says:

    CUNY Bloggers: I wanted to invite you, the CUNY community and your readers to a related effort…IBM’s new collaborative intelligence project with NYC-based Tumblr –The SmarterCities Scan (http://smartercities.tumblr.com) — that we announced on the heels of the Smarter Cities Summit and the launch of the NYC Business Analytics Center.

    All are invited to contribute their ideas and insights on building a planet of smarter cities. The goal: to create an Smarter Cities Open Model that can serve as a template for grassroots groups and civic organizations to build on.

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