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.
4 of 12
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.
6 Tools to Protect Big DataMost IT teams have their conventional databases covered in terms of security and business continuity. But as we enter the era of big data, Hadoop, and NoSQL, protection schemes need to evolve. In fact, big data could drive the next big security strategy shift.
Big Data Brings Big Security ProblemsWhy should big data be more difficult to secure? In a word, variety. But the business won’t wait to use it to predict customer behavior, find correlations across disparate data sources, predict fraud or financial risk, and more.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?