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Image Gallery: IBM Empowers Smarter Cities

To ease the strain population growth places infrastructures and governments, IBM is combining business analytics with cloud computing and smart grid technologies to help urban systems operate more efficiently.
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At IBM's Industry Solution Lab in Hawthorne, N.Y., research scientist Johnathan Reason collects data from wireless sensors on a model train to simulate how they would function on an actual fleet of rail cars. Real-time data from sensors can be analyzed to predict and prevent malfunctions before they occur, according to IBM. The aim is to avoid costly repairs and delays associated with equipment failures. IBM has developed "smarter rail" technology for 100 metro and rail clients worldwide.

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