Big Data // Big Data Analytics
News
11/26/2012
02:14 PM
Doug Henschen
Doug Henschen
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
Repost This

10 Cities Raise Tech IQs In IBM Challenge

IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge helps 100 cities around the globe improve education, infrastructure, public safety and economic development. Look how 10 winning cities are tackling tough problems.
Previous
4 of 12
Next


Even in Durham, N.C., a city with low unemployment and an anchor of North Carolina's technology-rich Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Research Triangle, the problem of poverty and "disconnected youth" weighs on the city's economy. Mayor William V. Bell (inset photo) said 4,500 to 6,000 city youth from age of 14 to 25 are disconnected from schools and paths to employment. It's estimated that high school dropouts experience three times the poverty rate of those who have attended even one year of college, according to Bell. The long-term cost to the city is lower tax rolls and higher costs for policing.

Durham won a Smart Cities Challenge Grant in 2011 to study ways to keep youth in school or to go back to school to become positive, contributing members of the community. "If we can reconnect even 3,000 of these youth, we could save the city as much as $42 million per year," Bell said at the November 15 Smarter Cities Challenge Summit.

In a March public report, IBM's Challenge Grant team recommended a comprehensive service delivery model designed to coordinate the fragmented services of multiple city agencies. Recommended technologies included a case-management system with early warning alerts to flag youth in need of preventative or recovery actions. IBM also recommended a digital service-provider catalog with workflows to manage client referrals and handoffs from agency to agency. Bell said Durham is now in the first phase of a four-phase, three-year implementation project on the recommendations.

RECOMMENDED READING

Analytics Gets More Accurate, More Accessible

Small Data Beat Big Data In Election 2012

Time To Deliver On Federal IT Reform

More NY Subway Stations Will Get Wi-Fi, Cell Service

Hurricane Sandy: Big Data Predicted Big Power Outages

Hurricane Sandy: Government Data Tools Assist

Best 3G & 4G Cities In America

9 Startups That Caught IBM's Eye

IBM Watson Finally Graduates Medical School

Research: 2013 Analytics & Info Management Trends

Previous
4 of 12
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
D. Henschen
50%
50%
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
11/27/2012 | 6:40:17 PM
re: 10 Cities Raise Tech IQs In IBM Challenge
Nice pseudonym, "Leo" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... This is not your typical image gallery... 10 stories that would be tough to tie together and digest in one, long tract. Let the people read about the cities they want to know more about and skip those that aren't as important to them. --Doug Henschen
FritzNelson
50%
50%
FritzNelson,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/27/2012 | 6:26:00 PM
re: 10 Cities Raise Tech IQs In IBM Challenge
Leo: Some people like them, especially for stories like this. Many, in fact. But tell us why you don't. (Also note: we're reworking how they work to be more user friendly.) Feel free to e-mail me as well.
Leo Regulus
50%
50%
Leo Regulus,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/27/2012 | 6:18:38 PM
re: 10 Cities Raise Tech IQs In IBM Challenge
Recommended New Year's Resolution for all Information Week Personnel, Staff, Managers, Owners and Sponsors: NO MORE SLIDE SHOWS.
InformationWeek Elite 100
InformationWeek Elite 100
Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Elite 100 - 2014
Our InformationWeek Elite 100 issue -- our 26th ranking of technology innovators -- shines a spotlight on businesses that are succeeding because of their digital strategies. We take a close at look at the top five companies in this year's ranking and the eight winners of our Business Innovation awards, and offer 20 great ideas that you can use in your company. We also provide a ranked list of our Elite 100 innovators.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
GE is a leader in combining connected devices and advanced analytics in pursuit of practical goals like less downtime, lower operating costs, and higher throughput. At GIO Power & Water, CIO Jim Fowler is part of the team exploring how to apply these techniques to some of the world's essential infrastructure, from power plants to water treatment systems. Join us, and bring your questions, as we talk about what's ahead.