Cities need to provide efficient services to residents and businesses. One way to improve the quality of service and keep costs down is by using cloud-based analytics.
Cloud-based analytics from IBM (News - Alert) let cities get insights on providing the best services. They can be used for such fields as the issuing of permits, event management, infrastructure planning, capital improvements and water use.
“Cities around the globe are confronted with growing populations, aging infrastructure, reduced budgets, and the challenge of doing more with less,” IBM said in a recent statement.
One example is Waterfront Toronto. It is a revitalization project, which is launching thenewblueedge.ca, a portal and platform. It has IBM Connections social collaboration tools.
"Waterfront Toronto is creating an Intelligent Community that uses technology to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity," John Campbell (News - Alert), CEO of Waterfront Toronto, said in a statement. "Together with partners like IBM and Element Blue, we are delivering future-ready infrastructure that will allow people and businesses to thrive and deliver a competitive advantage for the City of Toronto on the global stage."
Another example is found in Cambridge, Ontario. The city, located about an hour west of Toronto, is using IBM's new infrastructure planning software. The city is expected to save at least $100,000 per year thanks to the software.
"When developing new infrastructure, it should be from the ground up - underground sewer pipes to surface streets and storm drains. We should only have to dig up a street once to fix all of its underlying systems," said Mike Hausser, director of asset management and support services, City of Cambridge. "Using IBM's Intelligent Operations software, Cambridge is able to coordinate efforts in servicing, maintaining and updating our infrastructure, which can lower costs for our city departments and improve the quality of services to citizens."