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TMCNet:  Pune civic body, IBM to work on joint project [Pune] [Times of India]

[November 19, 2012]

Pune civic body, IBM to work on joint project [Pune] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PUNE: Software giant IBM and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will work on a joint project aimed at providing better healthcare services to the citizens of Pune.

The project forms a part of the IBM smarter cities challenge grants extended to 33 cities worldwide in year 2012. Launched in 2011, the IBM smarter cities challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US $50 million competitive grant program. Apart from Pune, IBM has also worked with Ahmedabad on issues related to traffic and citizen services.


The project in Pune involves a blueprint for setting up a surveillance system for tracking epidemics. Past data will be collated on several parameters and through the use of predictive analysis it will be possible to forecast when an epidemic is expected. This will enable preventive solutions to be implemented.

A team of volunteers and scientists from IBM's India Software Lab will conduct a pilot as well as provide technical support to the project.

Meanwhile, IBM has announced Gurgaon and Chennai as the two cities from India among the 31 cities worldwide, which will receive the smarter cities challenge grants for 2013 for working with local municipal organizations to improve urban life.

The grant provides the city with access to IBM's top experts to analyze and recommend ways that will enable Gurgaon and Chennai to become even better places to live and work. Towards the close of the project, IBM experts will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency.

For the 2013 grants, cities around the world once again competed vigorously to benefit from the IBM initiative. The winning cities proposed innovative projects and areas of focus for IBM experts. These included strategies that address: economic and workforce development for reducing local dependence on a single industry; social services for creating an ecosystem that supports independent living for a growing senior citizen community· Similarly, sustainability for setting policies around billing rates, electric vehicle use, and solar power generation on an upgraded power grid; capital budget planning to enable citizens to request expenditures, while analyzing their potential impact; urban planning for taking a more systematic, data-driven approach to housing policy, downtown revitalization, zoning, and permits.

"We congratulate Gurgaon and Chennai. This was a difficult decision because so many cities made strong cases to earn our time and talent. But the winners distinguished themselves among their peers by convincingly demonstrating their preparation and willingness to improve their residents' quality of life and make their cities even smarter," said Stanley S Litow, IBM vice-president of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, and president of IBM's Foundation.

(c) 2012 Bennett, Coleman & Company Limited

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