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.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.