IBM has partnered with the city of Portland, Ore., to develop a new analytics service that allow city governments to predict future internal and external dynamics of policies they aim to create. System Dynamics for Smarter Cities is aimed at helping city leaders figure out the long-term impact citywide policies will have on both citizens and city departments ahead of time, according to IBM.
Having an understanding of how certain initiatives will cause departments and cities to interact will allow city leaders to invest more wisely in policies that are beneficial to their municipalities and avoid wasting time on policies that could have a negative impact, the company said.
IBM approached Portland in late 2009 to develop the new analytics system with city leaders. The company also collaborated with regional subject-matter experts, researchers at Portland State University, and experts from Forio Business Simulations, a simulation software and systems provider.
To begin the project, IBM conducted a series of workshops with a range of experts, including economists, educators, police officers, city planners, business leaders, transportation experts, and others. That information was then codified and combined with existing government data--such as budget allocations and demographic information--to develop a comprehensive information store about the city.
The result of this work--which took about a year to complete--was a computer model of Portland as an interconnected system that gives city planners an interactive visual model to navigate and tests how changes will affect different city systems.
The process that created this model can now be recreated from a service available from IBM to be used with different cities so they can use the same predictive analysis when making decisions.
Portland city leaders recently used the model developed there to identify how its plans to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 was connected to a reduction of obesity levels in the region, and plan accordingly to better leverage this connection, according to IBM.
IBM has been investing in developing systems for and with city and regional governments. Late last year the company unveiled an unrelated but similarly named Smarter Cities campaign, which invested $50 million in grants to 100 worldwide cities to foster citizen engagement, services and efficiency through technology.
What industry can teach government about IT innovation and efficiency. Also in the new, all-digital issue of InformationWeek Government: Federal agencies have to shift from annual IT security assessments to continuous monitoring of their risks. Download it now. (Free registration required.)
Time to Reconsider Enterprise Email StrategyCost, time, and risk. It's the demand trifecta vying for the attention of both technology professionals and attorneys charged with balancing the expectations of their clients and business units with the hard reality of the current financial and regulatory climate. Sometimes, organizations assume high levels of risk as a result of their inability to meet the costs involved in data protection. In other instances, it's time that's of the essence, as with a data breach.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of September 18, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."