IBM’s teams of experts may use Watson’s cognitive analytics capabilities to identify and understand city data
Five municipalities around the world have been selected by IBM to receive pro bono consultative advice from company experts on issues such as public safety, economic development and affordable housing as part of its Smarter Cities Challenge programme.
The recipients – Busan, Korea; Palermo, Italy; San Isidro, Argentina; San Jose, US; and Yamagata City, Japan – were chosen from more than 100 cities around the world that had applied for consulting services grants.
For the consultative engagements, IBM’s teams of experts may use Watson’s cognitive analytics capabilities to identify and understand city data such as transportation patterns or public health trends. And analysis of such information may help inform IBM’s recommendation to city stakeholders to address their local challenges.
“Over the last seven years, we have seen strong applications from more than 800 cities around the world who have proposed ways that IBM’s talent and technology could help them to address their toughest issues, but 2017 really stood out,” said Jennifer Ryan Crozier, IBM’s vice president of corporate citizenship and president of the IBM Foundation.
“We congratulate this year’s winners and look forward to collaborating with each of them on the Smarter Cities Challenge."
IBM describes a typical Smarter Cities Challenge engagement as follows: after initial preparation, the challenge teams, comprising six IBM experts, spend three weeks working closely with city staff in each winning city, analysing data about a critical issue facing the municipality.
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.
Some of the results of the Smarter Cities Challenge achieved to date include:
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