Instrumented Interconnecteds Intelligent

Phil Guido, General Manager, IBM North America

Phil Guido, General Manager, IBM North America

By Phil Guido

Conventional wisdom tells us that cities and regions that face a shortage of a resource will likely be the most innovative out of necessity in conserving it. Apparently the leaders of Milwaukee don’t prescribe to this reactive thinking.

Milwaukee, which is situated on one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, Lake Michigan, decided a few years ago to use its abundance of water to invest in becoming an innovation hub for it.

After only a few years, Milwaukee’s investments are paying off. Nearly 200 water-related businesses have joined together through a brand new industry, academic and government collaborative called the Global Water Center whose function is to be a source for leading edge water technology and solutions.

The Center is also the heart of new business district called the Global Water Technology Business Park. Located on the banks of the Menomonee River, it attracts businesses and organizations that are focused on the international water industry and water management.

These advances come on the heels of Milwaukee’s 2009 induction into the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme, which recognizes cities around the globe for having a “concentrated expertise” in a specific area. Milwaukee was recognized for its freshwater technology.

The key to putting together robust, successful programs and efforts like this is collaboration. In Milwaukee’s case, for more than three weeks in June 2011, a team of five IBMers worked with the City to deliver recommendations around the theme of “Smarter Cities Feed Themselves.”

The City is now home to acknowledged leaders in Aquaponics, which is a system of agriculture integrating the simultaneous cultivation of plants and aquatic animals, such as fish, in a symbiotic environment. In this environment, the same freshwater is shared, naturally filtered, and reused by both plants and fish. It represents the critical connection between fresh water and food production, and for Milwaukee, an opportunity to revitalize the City and take advantage of its core strengths.

The IBM team provided a series of recommendations on how the City can further expand water innovation through a grant provided via the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge program. The recommendations included establishing an Aquaponics Innovation Center and building upon technology transfer and skills development by area universities.

IBM is engaged in a similar project in New York State to make Lake George the Smartest Lake in the world. Lake George, about 50 miles north of Albany in upstate New York, is known internationally for its crystal-clear waters with a depth of up to 200 feet. Rich in natural and cultural history, it is 32 miles long and up to 2.5 miles wide, formed nearly 10,000 years ago by melting glaciers.

With our partners from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the FUND for Lake George, we are using data and advanced sensors to protect the lake from invasive species and other environmental threats like road salt. This is a true public/private collaboration tapping into the skills of a local university, local economic and environmental experts and private sector resources to protect a vital economic cornerstone for the region. Lake George tourism alone accounts for approximately $1 billion in economic activity for the surrounding region. The long-term health of the Lake is critical to the region and New York State’s tourism industry.

The key lesson from both of these examples is that it takes strong connections between local government, academia and industry to build skills to turn environmental assets into economic advantages.

Just this morning, I joined a team of IBMers to participate in a mentoring event with students from local universities at Milwaukee’s WorldWaterCenter. Students from MarquetteUniversity and the School of Freshwater Sciences at University of Milwaukee told us about their aspirations and ideas and we shared some strategies for implementing them.

Building Smarter Cities using natural resources is a new way of thinking for many cities around the world. New models of collaboration are emerging and it’s critical that mentorship and skills transfer takes place to make them successful.

In Milwaukee, we are seeing these all come together building a successful blueprint for other cities.

Follow IBM Smarter Planet on Google+

Bookmark and Share

Previous post

Next post

April 29, 2016
3:24 pm

The worry and threat of going to jail or losing capital far
outweighs the potential advantage of utilizing Bitcoin.

Posted by: BitcoinGamblingSites
April 29, 2016
12:07 pm

Jeremy co-founded the MIT Digital Currency initiative and lately
served as program chair of Scaling Bitcoin Montreal this previous fall.

Posted by: Best Bitcoin Gambling Site
April 28, 2016
12:14 pm

It’s remarkable for me to have a web site, which is
useful designed for my know-how. thanks admin

Posted by: Ava
April 28, 2016
11:51 am

What’s up, I desire to subscribe for this blog to take hottest
updates, therefore where can i do it please help.

Posted by: luxury villa rentals orlando
September 22, 2015
3:34 am

If some one wishes expert view regarding running a blog afterward i propose him/her
to pay a quick visit this webpage, Keep up the good job.

Posted by: game ngoc rong online
June 8, 2015
1:35 am

We need this kind of implementations in our country. Africa need to work on this as one of our visions and for the bright future.

Posted by: Kioi
June 8, 2015
1:29 am

Nice and very informative. Great article.

Posted by: Kioi
October 10, 2014
10:17 pm

Artificial baits include spoons, jigs, ribbon baits, rattler baits & streamer baits.

After users select their avatar they’re transported into their apartment.
But have you ever thought about living in your boat full time.

Posted by: crock pot freezer meals pork
September 25, 2014
4:43 pm

You will probably recognise some or all of these as some
as used more than others with very great success in carp baits:
. Leave your windows open a few hours a day and then you get to clean the black soot off of the floors.
A camera and photo album are another way for a family to
record their boating trips.

Posted by: deck railing designs using 2 x 4
September 24, 2014
6:28 pm

They also work hard to develop easy payment plans for their services.
The thing you have to remember is that this filter is the
one that allows lots of fresh air into the motor to keep it cool.
The employer may want to explain how to do something differently than how you have been doing it.
New York City, major center of finance, insurance, media, and real estate, sis one of
the world’s financial capitals. For many retired persons,
there are many financial solutions in the market, but the
equity release solutions is said to be standing on a
solid footing. The 24 buttons can be customized to meet the needs of different users.
What users are, can not live without the
NAS, when they have experienced the flexibility and usability of NAS
finally give them. You will also need to establish how permanent your angel theme will be.
They look after each and every aspect about relocation and committed for trouble-free relocation. Every
morning, we condition ourselves on how to face the brand new challenges of life.

Posted by: moving tips
August 30, 2014
1:15 am

As all of us know that time is money so they take money and
save your precious time and the hassles of shifting. Despite the conveniences your company
offers to your customers, you may be seeing an unwanted decline in business.
And, if you’ve taken taxis for any length of time in Bangkok, you’ll know this is pretty much the norm, unfortunately.

Posted by: portable storage units in memphis tn
March 16, 2014
6:18 am

Hi there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
I’m sure they will be benefited from this website.

Posted by: Woodrow
December 8, 2013
10:30 am

As mentioned, we are Singaporean manufacturers. So please do not worry about pricing and quality.

Posted by: water dispenser singapore
December 8, 2013
10:28 am

Hello, nice post. Please do contact us. We are manufacturers of the atmospheric water dispenser and water filtration systems. We participate in alot of environmental and disaster relief programs too. Basically, our water dispenser and industrial machines produce drinking water from air without a water supply/source.

We are looking to partner with like minded individuals/companies with our products to help the world. Awaiting your reply.

Posted by: water dispenser singapore
1 Trackback
September 29, 2014
11:36 am

official source

Smarter Cities Archives « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog

Posted by: official source
Post a Comment