IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge program will be sending teams of company experts to Allahabad, Surat and Vizag to help them address city-specific challenges such as waste management, citizen services and disaster management.
IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge is a pro bono initiative that helps cities with critical issues ranging from jobs creation, transportation, and public safety, to healthcare, revenue, social services, and public works.
In addition to providing pro bono consulting services, the company will use IBM Watson Analytics Professional Edition to take the city’s pulse via social media. This will include studying travel patterns, public health or the effects of man-made and weather events. The tool can understand questions posed in natural, non-technical language, and help its users collaborate, predict and plan.
After intense preparation, IBM Smarter Cities Challenge teams, made up of six IBM experts, spend three weeks working closely with city staff in each winning city, analysing data about a critical issue. 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 it studied in that particular city, providing a road map on how the city can improve. Past recipients of the Smart Cities Challenge grant in India are Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune and Chennai.
Smarter Cities Challenge engagements have delivered quantifiable results. In fact, IBM has helped cities around the world to significantly improve the quality of life for their residents. Projects informed by IBM advice have helped to upgrade skills of city staff, enabled cities win prestigious awards and made them more competitive.