IBM Helping Boston Implement Smarter Planet Tech

IBMlogoIBM has partnered with the city of Boston and Boston University to use technology in helping the city manage urban operations such as energy, traffic and large events.

The “Smarter Planet” project will use IBM’s analytics software to collect data from sensors and databases into a dashboard for officials to view information on transportation and energy usage, IBM said Wednesday.

Goals of the partnership include coordinating large events, as well as managing traffic and streetscape management of the urban area under an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant.

“These partnerships and projects are the newest step in our exploration to better address long-standing interests of our residents, such as improving traffic and greening our city,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

The mayor’s office of arts, tourism and special events will coordinate and manage events by using an IBM dashboard intended help officials in all departments manage traffic and public safety before and during these events.

Boston’s public works department will also pilot a coordinated street light operation and maintenance support using IBM’s Maximo platform and the city plans to apply Maximo to other operations.

BU’s sustainable neighborhood laboratory and IBM have also designed a neighborhood project that collects and analyzes energy consumption data in residential buildings in a moved aimed at promoting energy efficiency and attracting investors to this sector.

That project will include an incentives scheme, aimed at encouraging residents to conserve energy.

Across Massachusetts, IBM says the collaboration seeks to help manage space and energy consumption in public sector buildings and also cut the more than 120,000 work orders received by the state annually.

The state will identify buildings still in use and determine which facilities are either redundant or under-used to comply with federal efficiency requirements.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Port Authority has deployed IBM software inside a terminal at Logan airport and plans to use the software for buses and other vehicles as well.

IBM has been helping the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority conduct predictive maintenance for its water and sewer system as the agency is aiming to cut corrective maintenance and project work orders by 38 percent.

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