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November 15, 2012

The City of Almere Uses IBM Analytics to Improve Services to Citizens

By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor

The City of Almere, the seventh largest city in the Netherlands and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, will use predictive analytics software from IBM (News - Alert) to better serve its citizens.

Recently during Smart City Expo and World Congress, IBM made announcement about it.

The City of Almere, established as a new town in 1975, has become the first local government organization in the Netherlands to use predictive analytics software from IBM to manage its resources in a better way.

Almere has approximately 200,000 residents and 80,000 jobs, the city has been tasked by the central government to double in size by approximately 2030.  IBM analytics software will help the government make smarter decisions, quickly resolve problems and improve operational efficiency within city.

J Dixon, PhD, general manager, Smarter Cities, IBM said, "City leaders are creating a dynamic environment where innovation is improving most every process that touches its citizens. We're pleased that the City of Almere is working with IBM in support of their Smarter City initiative.”

IBM SPSS (News - Alert) predictive analytics software monitors important indicators, going far beyond the possibilities of traditional spreadsheet software. IBM is helping cities apply intelligence to carry on their city operations to deliver better services to their citizens.

Gerhard Dekker, head of research and statistics at the City of Almere, said in a statement, “By identifying trends and patterns in data and helping to predict potential future outcomes, IBM analytics enables us to better understand challenges, allocate the resources we have available and optimize decision making, The solution allows us to translate the insight into targeted actions, processing benefit applications much more quickly to provide the best service to our citizens. It helps us on the road to develop a smart society within a smarter city.”

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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