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Allahabad, Surat and Vizag bag IBM's smart city grant

Posted: 13 May 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smarter Cities Challenge  IBM  Watson  analytics 

Three cities in India win IBM's 2015-2016 Smarter Cities Challenge.

IBM will be sending teams of experts to Allahabad, Surat, Vizag and 13 other cities to help address city-specific challenges such as waste management, citizen services and disaster management.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is a pro-bono initiative that helps cities with critical issues ranging from jobs creation, transportation and public safety to healthcare, revenue, social services and public works.

The winners for 2015-16 were selected from more than 100 cities around the world that applied for a grant of consulting services from IBM. By the end of 2016, IBM will have made such Smarter Cities Challenge grants to more than 130 cities worldwide chosen from more than 600 applicants, with nearly 800 IBM experts delivering pro-bono services valued at more than $66 million. Each consulting engagement has a commercial value of $500,000.

In addition to providing pro bono consulting services, the company will use IBM Watson Analytics Professional Edition to take the city's pulse via social media. This will include studying travel patterns, public health or the effects of man-made and weather events. The tool can understand questions posed in natural, non-technical language, and help its users collaborate, predict and plan.

After intense preparation, IBM Smarter Cities Challenge teams, made up of six IBM experts, spend three weeks working closely with city staff in each winning city, analysing data about a critical issue. Team members consider diverse perspectives on the topic through meeting with local officials, citizens, businesses and not-for-profits. Best practices used by other cities are studied.

After working closely with city leadership, the IBM team then recommends innovative and specifically tailored ways to address the issue it studied in that particular city, providing a road map on how the city can improve. Past recipients of the Smart Cities Challenge grant in India are Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune and Chennai.

Smarter Cities Challenge engagements have delivered quantifiable results. In fact, IBM has helped cities around the world to significantly improve the quality of life for their residents. Projects informed by IBM advice have helped to upgrade skills of city staff, enabled cities win prestigious awards and made them more competitive.

The winners of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants for 2015-2016 are as follows:

  • Allahabad, India
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Athens, Greece
  • Denver, United States
  • Detroit, United States
  • Huizhou, China
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Memphis, United States
  • Rochester, New York, United States
  • San Isidro, Peru
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Sekondi, Ghana
  • Surat, India
  • Taichung, Taiwan
  • Vizag, India
  • Xuzhou, China





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