City Taps IBM to Boost Water, Transportation Efficiency

IBM Intelligent Operations for Water

by | Aug 14, 2013

IBM Intelligent Operations for WaterIBM has inked an agreement with the city of Da Nang, Vietnam, which will use the company’s technology to manage its water and transportation infrastructure.

Using IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center, the Da Nang government aims to make the city’s infrastructure more efficient. The software provides a summary of events and incidents through maps, dashboards and alerts, allowing city personnel to track trends, forecast demand and better manage the city’s infrastructure and assets.

To keep up with increased demand — the city provides water for more than 1 millions citizens, tourists and industry — Da Nang Water Company (DAWACO), the city’s water utility provider, is expanding and modernizing its water treatment facility. It will use IBM Smarter Cities technology for real-time analysis and monitoring of the city’s water supply.

While water samples used to be manually collected and analyzed, by installing sensors throughout the water treatment process, DAWACO can measure water turbidity, salinity, conductivity, pH and chlorine levels in real time. Using the IBM Intelligent Water Solution (pictured), DAWACO workers can instantly visualize operations and receive alerts and notifications when readings stray from norms or when analysis indicates that water quality has changed.

To combat traffic congestion Da Nang is investing in its public transit network and expanding its new bus rapid transit system. At the heart of the operations is a new traffic control center with which city officials can monitor traffic and control the city’s traffic light system through a dashboard.

Using IBM’s Big Data technologies and predictive analytics, Da Nang’s traffic control center will have the tools to forecast and prevent potential congestion and better coordinate city responses to issues like accidents and adverse weather. Data from across multiple systems can be integrated, stored and analyzed for statistics, control and anomalies detection.

With the new system, Da Nang’s Department of Transport will have real-time information on its 100 city buses such as driving speed, location and predicted journey times. Via the department’s web portal, passengers will be immediately informed of changes to bus routes, time tables and estimated arrival times.

IBM and Cisco are the top smart city suppliers, positioned to become global leaders in the market, Navigant Research said in a July report. The firm forecasts that the global smart city technology market will grow from $6.1 billion in annual revenue in 2012 to $20.2 billion by 2020.

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