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Michael Dixon, General Manager, Global Smarter Cities, IBM

Michael Dixon, General Manager, Global Smarter Cities, IBM

By Michael Dixon

While there is always interest in the exciting innovations in cities – such as intelligent transportation systems – the backbone of any city operation is comprised of efficient water pipes and reliable electrical wires.

The availability, delivery and consumption of natural resources like energy and water is far more important to cities than a new fleet of busses. Optimizing resources is particularly relevant for cities because of their impact on both livability as well as resilience.

One clear path to such optimization is through the combination of analytics, mobility and predictive maintenance. With such solutions city leaders can not only improve the delivery of services, but also better engage their citizens in the process.

IBM and Veolia, the world’s leading water services company, have come together to do just that. Announced today during Smart City Expo and World Congress, in Barcelona, IBM will help Veolia create and manage a new set of digital services and solutions to improve system performance for utility clients. In addition they will create new turnkey, ready-to-use digital solutions for cities currently managing their own services.

Understanding the water-energy nexus is necessary if we want to contribute to solving both issues simultaneously and stop moving problems from one resource dimension to another.

Technology like analytics and mobility are tools available to cities of all shapes and sizes, and the solutions that these tools can yield are replicable and cost effective.

Partnerships between public and private entities, as well as among private companies with shared interests, are crucial if we are going to meet the challenges of global urbanization. Let’s get to work.

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June 11, 2016
4:13 am

Why Smart Cities Turn to Analytics for Managing Water, Electricity main reason been to reduce on the costs

Posted by: Geoffrey
June 10, 2016
7:53 am

Your work is very good and I appreciate

Posted by: Alice Ngigi
June 10, 2016
7:53 am

Thank for the post.

Posted by: Alice Ngigi
June 10, 2016
7:50 am

Impressive.Keep it up.

Posted by: Alice Ngigi
June 10, 2016
7:49 am

This is amazing.

Posted by: Alice Ngigi
June 10, 2016
7:48 am

Interesting article…

Posted by: Alice Ngigi
March 25, 2016
8:11 am
May 28, 2015
6:01 pm

Michael you higlighted some of the core elements for development of smarter cities. Let me add some aditional thoughts.

Successful mayors of smart cities need to perform as managers today. Measuring performance and sharing city indicators (KPIs) with public and different stakeholders are necessary preconditions for building of smarter cities. Smart City Platform with its smart tools could enable people’s inclusive vision building and city priorities setting. Inclusive, sustainable and smart city that function as a platform could empower people. Mayor that is equiped with a proper knowledge and digital tools is a manager of Smart City. He or she can be considered as a SmartMayor navigating the city towards the better future.

Posted by: Blaž Golob
May 27, 2015
2:18 am

Smart cities are the cities of the future. They are innovative, high-tech, energy-efficient, associated with mobility, are environment-friendly, inter-connected and, at the same time, autonomous. These, however, cannot be established without efficient and environmentally acceptable transport solutions. This is why the Petrol’s service station of the future is no longer focused on fuel sales alone, but on alternative fuel and complementary services. It is evolving into a point of sale which caters to the demand of smart cities.

Posted by: Aleksander Salkic
December 5, 2014
12:18 am

Sure Mike, but I also believe that we should raise the whole city smarter by not only making our city infrastructure smarter but transferring that smartness to the people of the city as well.

For instance, if the water management system of the city is smart and I am not, I may still end up wasting water. If I get my share of smart water management in my own home, where I can also plan my consumption, my home management etc. together it will become a more robust system of smart world.

Posted by: Ashish Rastogi
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