Building a smarter planet is IBM's point of view on how interconnected technologies are changing the way the world literally works. It is all about how the world now beckoning us is one of enormous change and promise. Smarter planet is also the foundation for IBM’s vision for smarter cities--a vision that demonstrates how cities can lead the way into a prosperous and sustainable future. We see cities as the brightest opportunity to begin working toward a smarter planet. In spite of our optimism, today’s cities face a range of challenges and threats to their sustainability—challenges across their systems and core infrastructures such as transport, water, energy, government services, education and healthcare. As a point of interest for the audience, let’s first take a moment to understand the meaning of a smart city from the members of the audience. What is your personal definition and/or perspective? Just what is a smart city? (Note: use the input/comments collected from audience as insight and leverage to make points during the presentation.) Thank you for your input. From IBM’s perspective, we see a smarter city as an urban development that employs instrumentation, interconnection, and intelligence to provide awareness of and coordinated responsiveness to activities and events within the city. These capabilities enable the people and the local industry to benefit from a great place to live, work, and run a business... A city that is adaptive, collaborative, efficient, personalized, secure, supportive, and sustainable. As we explore the meaning of a smarter city and how we become one, we must also understand that the aforementioned services and challenges must be addressed holistically… today’s presentation is intended to give you further insight and considerations for becoming a smarter city. Though first, let’s explore cities from an historical perspective.
Delivering change across the three dimensions of ‘smart’--instrumented, interconnected and intelligent--enable cities to set the agenda and think and act in new ways. Smarter cities are shifting their focus from ‘within’ to ‘between,’ pursing collaborative networking and technology innovation to protect and connect citizens, increase shared information awareness, and speed communications -- ultimately, elevating smart decision-making. Cities and their key stakeholders must work together to act in new ways through innovative approaches to solve their top priorities. You, as a city leader, may have the need to identify new approaches and solutions for your city’s driving motivations. For example, you may be focused on one of the following key areas: Improving citizen and business services Managing resources effectively and efficiently Strengthening national security and public safety Ensuring a sustainable environment We would like to think that these, although simplistic in ‘vernacular’, can be powerful foundation elements for most successful and sustainable cities.
What are the client's needs? Improve operational efficiency and customer service by enabling clients to better manage consumption through smart meters Transform the relationship between consumers and utilities suppliers, enabling more efficient energy and water consumption IBM involvement and partners Enemalta Corporation, Water Services Corporation How will IBM making the city smarter? Replacing all 250,000 analog electricity meters with smart meters Integrating water meters and advanced IT applications to enable remote monitoring, management, and meter readings Enabling residents to track energy use online and change consumption habits Value Capture Customers: Providing citizens better information to make energy usage decisions Customers pay only for the power they actually use Customers may to switch to a pre-pay service Utilities Can manage pricing to sustain new energy consumption policies More efficient monitoring of electricity and water grids Remote activation and management to reduce connection time IBM The Maltese network is providing valuable information about how an entire community or city responds to these new tools