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Giant Fish Sculptures Made from Plastic Bottles in Czech Republic
IBM is helping cities around the world use the vast amount of data, analytics, and information already available to fuel more effective solution ideas from citizens. In turn, they are helping their city leaders transform their communities.
IBM’s new global People for Smarter Cities site is a place where residents can conduct meaningful online conversations and contribute original ideas about how to make their cities work smarter.
One idea that’s been contributed from Paris, France is for interactive trash bins that encourage Metro passengers to recycle their subway tickets instead of throwing them on the floor. A little imagination and fun is helping keep the station clean.
Ready to change cities for the better? Join P4SC and start making a difference! Share YOUR ideas and join the conversation on the site or on Twitter at #P4SC.
Every year, nearly 7 million children under age 5 die from preventable causes. The medical knowledge to treat these children exists, yet the delivery of effective care is impeded by the global shortage of 4 million medical workers (1.5 million in Africa alone). While the traditional approach to medical education has brought world-class care to many patients, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) recognized a need to extend medical knowledge beyond the walls of medical institutions and schools.
Partnering with IBM, BCH has pioneered the world’s first cloud-based social learning platform — OPENPediatrics — which aims to connect physicians and nurses from all resource settings across the world around the sharing of best practices in the care of critically ill children. The platform, which includes IBM’s social networking, cloud, data analytics, video, and simulation technologies, will be made available at no cost to any interested clinicians around the globe. Today, over 1000 doctors and nurses are testing OPENPediatrics in 74 countries (343 hospitals) around the globe.
As a business consulting partner, IBM is working with DMICDC to support one of the biggest industrial development projects of the government of India by helping build smarter and sustainable cities.
The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is India’s most ambitious infrastructure program aiming to develop new industrial cities as “smart cities” spanning across six states in India.
With the aim of providing digital connectivity among townships DMICDC selected IBM for the company’s expertise in the area of Smarter Cities.
“We are pleased to have IBM as one of the key partners for this project to develop a city based on international standards in close proximity to Dighi Port. This will enhance economic growth, global competitiveness, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability in select cities,” said Amitabh Kant, chief executive officer and managing director, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).
The Greater IBM Connection and the IBM South Africa team are pleased to announce the launch of the new South Africa LinkedIn group of our community. We’re starting this group as a way for our community of Greater IBMers to interact and network with community members in India.
Big Data Insights to connect customers with contextual information on the go, deliver personalized offers
IBM has announced a first-of-a-kind engagement with IndusInd Bank, a Mumbai-based, new generation private bank that offers retail, commercial, transactional and electronic banking products and services. IBM will provide innovative technology – to enable IndusInd Bank to deepen customer relationships by delivering personalized, location – based recommendations and offers in real time.
IBM Research – India has developed a new technology that connects people with contextual information. Once a user has opted-in for the service, the tool cross-references the user’s location with the user’s activity to provide useful insights. As users conduct daily transactions, such as buying airline tickets, or shopping at the mall, the system sends relevant promotions by Email, and mobile alerts as per user preferences.
CEOs and C-Suite leaders around the world are reassessing how to serve their customers not as a mass audience, but as individuals with personalized needs. As part of its broader strategy, IndusInd Bank is making a major investment to transform its entire front office – every system, process and person that touches the customer – to better anticipate, respond to and capitalize on future events quickly and ahead of its competition.
Millions across Cameroon to benefit from high-speed data and voice services
- from PR Newswire
HANOI, Vietnam and YAOUNDE, Cameroon — IBM has announced that telecommunications operator Viettel Cameroon S.A.R.L.is using an IBM Smarter Computing solution to enable Cameroon’s 3G infrastructure and provide high-speed mobile data and voice services.
The new IT platform, based on IBM System x servers, IBM Smarter Storage systems and IBM DB2 software, will help provide advanced integrated mobile services to millions of new Cameroonian subscribers.
Viettel Cameroon S.A.R.L is a joint venture between telecommunications companies Vietnam’s Viettel Global and Bestinver Cameroon S.A.R.L. This project will make it the largest telecommunications company in the country, with 6,000 employees and a network covering 81 percent of Cameroon.
“This agreement marks our significant commitment to Cameroon – the second market in Africa we have invested in,” says Phung Van Cuong, CIO of Viettel Group. “IBM’s rich portfolio of smarter computing solutions is enabling us to provide next-generation wireless services at much lower cost.” Get the full story.
IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty (left) met with His Excellency Honorable Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, to commemorate the announcement of IBM’s first research lab in Africa, Monday, August 13, 2012. Honorable Mwai Kibaki was President of Kenya through April 2013.
A year ago this month, IBM opened its 12th research lab in Nairobi, Kenya. This signals ongoing business and philanthropic commitment to the continent, according to Tim Docking, who leads the company’s Emerging Market Funding group.
“People should see that as a sign of our intention to not only invest in new ideas and innovation, but to also develop local ideas to solve local problems,” said Docking, adding that IBM’s business goals in Africa are “robust”. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty recently visited the continent, where IBM has offices in 20 different countries.Learn more about IBM in Africa(by Andrea Useem, devex.com)
by Naveen Lamba, Associate Partner, Smarter Government, Transportation, and Public Safety, IBM Global Business Services, in The Huffington Post
For many, summer offers a brief respite from the road congestion that burdens drivers and cities around the world. In a few short weeks, those less-crowded highways, trains, and buses will be a distant memory for most commuters.
Wherever you live, cities are struggling to manage and prepare for short- and long-term traffic congestion. And road congestion and traffic jams aren’t only inconvenient; they can impede economic growth and impact the environment.
Just imagine how much more productive people could be if they could stop being stuck in their cars or other means of transportation for those several hours per day. The good news is that help is on the way.Get the story.
About the author
Naveen Lamba is IBM’s global industry leader for intelligent transportation systems as well as Associate Partner, Smarter Government, Transportation, and Public Safety, IBM Global Business Services. For nearly two decades, he has been working on intelligent transportation projects around the world for governments and private sector organizations.
Made in IBM labs: Advanced solution combines big data analytics and weather modeling technology to predict output of individual wind turbines
IBM has announced an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources.
The solution combines weather prediction and analytics to accurately forecast the availability of wind power and solar energy. With this solution, utilities will be able to integrate more renewable energy into the power grid, helping to reduce carbon emissions while significantly improving clean energy output for consumers and businesses.
Called “Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting” (HyRef), the solution uses weather modeling capabilities, advanced cloud imaging technology and sky-facing cameras to track cloud movements, while sensors on the turbines monitor wind speed, temperature and direction. What can it do? Get the rest of the story.
World’s largest renewable energy initiative uses IBM Hybrid Renewable Energy Forecasting technology to improve integration into the power grid (courtesy: IBM)
IBM and the Wroclaw University Library in Poland have announced a national scientific project to preserve and digitize nearly 800,000 pages of distinctive European manuscripts, books, and maps dating back to the Middle Ages. The materials have rarely been accessible to the public – until now.
IBM’s solution is helping the Wroclaw University Library Poland digitize, manage and provide fast online access to rare manuscripts, books and maps, many dating back to the Middle Ages, with a total capacity of 300 terabytes. Shown here is one of Europe’s six surviving copies of this particular medieval illuminated encyclopedia, the Thomas Cantimpratensis “Liber de nature rerum” from the second half of the fifteenth century. (Photo courtesy of Wroclaw University Library, Poland)
The project creates the largest digital archive of medieval manuscripts and ancient geographical atlases in Poland. It uses a solution consisting of IBM System x servers and Storage disk and SAN solutions to address the Big Data challenge of managing and providing fast search and retrieval services for up to 300 terabytes of information.
“The Wroclaw University Library’s mission is to protect, preserve and ensure broader access to Polish cultural heritage,” said Adam Zurek, Head of the Department of Scientific Documentation of Cultural Heritage, Wroclaw University Library. “We selected IBM to help us identify, choose and implement a solution in line with our goals of digitizing the library’s documents and making them available to the broader public online.Read the rest of the story.