The smart grid for electricity has become so mainstream Congress wrote it into the stimulus law enacted earlier this year. IBM's marketing of "smarter planet" goes way beyond electricity and networked grid.
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IBM is working the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). LIRR will use IBM software to manage and maintain approximately 1,180 rail cars, locomotives, and associated components.
IBM is partnering with some other folks to find the best new idea for improving the world's rail transit. The congestion problem is only getting worse as urban populations grow: In 1950 there were 8 global mega-cities (those with populations of five million or more).
IBM and railroads. This is not a non sequitor. I recently spoke with Keith Dierkx who works for IBM in their expanding business providing services for planning, construction and operation of high-speed rail.
High speed rail transit is happening in many lands. IBM is part of the action.
The original discovery was made forty years ago by a young researcher at IBM. Now he's leading a team of researchers at Purdue who seem to be on the brink of an energy wonderland.
Valuable enough to steal, right out of your car. Tod Freeman of IBM's Venture Capital Group had spotted his piece recently.