IBM, Siemens Among Contractors Helping Cities Use Analytics; Terry Heath Comments

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IBM and Siemens are two companies that are partnering with cities across the U.S. to pilot analytics technology for use in monitoring events such as traffic and energy usage, the Washington Post reports.

Marjorie Censer writes Dubuque, Iowa and Miami-Dade County, Fla. have partnered with IBM under the company’s Smarter Cities initiative, which seeks to help cities use technology to monitor their operations.

Dubuque hired IBM to install technology that monitors the water system and the city has installed automated meters in homes to measure consumption, according to the report.

Miami-Dade County works with IBM to manage police work and transportation and now wants to use analytics to predict where crimes are more likely to occur, Censer reports.

Terry Heath, head of Siemens’ North American mobility and logistics division, told the Post his company focuses primarily on transportation projects.

In San Antonio, Siemens led a project to create a GPS-based system that aims for buses to request green lights when they are late.

 

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