IBM signs deals to monitor city infrastructures

Summary:The company has signed deals with cities worldwide to monitor infrastructure such as streets and water mains, with the aim of fixing problems quickly

IBM has inked location-based analytics deals with a handful of cities with the aim of repairing city infrastructure quickly.

The announcements illustrate how real-world infrastructure such as streets, manholes and water mains can become information systems with the help of sensors and a dashboard. The proposed city systems work by wiring infrastructure with sensors to report problems. This infrastructure is mapped and monitored using IBM's Maximo Spatial software along with geospatial software from Esri. The sensors can automatically generate a work order and repair workers then fix problems and optimise the system to prevent future issues.

The cities that have signed up to test the systems include Washington, DC; Cape Fear, North Carolina; and Waterloo, Ontario.

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