By Dr. Katharine Frase
The urbanization age is upon us. While the estimates vary of what percentage of population will live in cities by 2020, 2050, or even 2015 for that matter, what remains constant is the undeniable pace of change cities are already facing – change that will only accelerate.
Cities around the world, whether big, mid-size or small, are reaching their limits from growing and aging populations, strained infrastructures and a constant need to do more with less.
To reinvent themselves for the 21st century – “the New Era of Smart” – cities are turning to data. Using and analyzing information in new ways is enabling them to anticipate problems in real time, or better yet, before they happen. In addition, the knowledge and insight is crucial for city officials to make better decisions and swiftly resolve the issues that are most pressing for citizens.
But no single department in a city can do it alone. To achieve success even with the right technology in hand, you need collaboration. Cities must cross organizational boundaries by aligning departments, convening the right leaders and experts, and innovating in partnerships between the public and private sectors.
It is in this spirit of collaboration that IBM is launching the Smarter Cities Master Class, a video lecture series that provides viewers insights from IBM Researchers. These speakers work directly with cities and academia around the globe to help them overcome some of their toughest issues, like resource management, transportation, healthcare, and education.
By sharing the expertise of our researchers and the successes of our customers we hope to foster new ideas, new thinking and the kind of collaboration that’s needed to solve the challenges facing our cities, our citizens and the world.
I had the honor of being the presenter of our inaugural master class video, The New Era of Smart: Innovations that will Change Cities and the Way We Live, which was held in the IBM Research Labs in Dublin, a global hub for our Smarter Cities research.
The video series is available now and will be continuously updated with new content. I invite you to tune-in often for great insights on how to help your city succeed in the New Era of Smart.
Additional videos in the series include:
- The Future of Open Data by Dr. Pol MacAonghusa, IBM Senior Research Manager
- Perspectives on Managing the Worl d’s Water Supply by Dr. Sean McKenna, Senior Manager, IBM Smarter Water
- From the Laboratory to the City: How Data is Transforming the Way We Live, hosted by Dr. Olivier Verscheure, Analytics & Optimization Research for IBM Smarter Cities, featuring panelists:
- Brendan O’Brien, Head of Technical Services, DublinCity Council
- John Walsh, Energy and Carbon Manager of Tesco
- Dominic Byrne, Head of IT at FingalCounty Council