Modern city as an operating system

    It is no secret to anyone that the border between offline and online is gradually blurring, digital technologies are penetrating deeper and deeper into our physical world. Food and daily demand are tracked using an RFID tag. City traffic, energy, plumbing and communication systems are driven by intelligent technology. Cities are equipped with an increasing number of interconnected special devices that make them more “reasonable”. This convergence changes the look of modern infrastructure, and, at the same time, provides new opportunities for integrating the things that surround us with hardware and software.

    Of course, we are still far from the fact that "smart" cars, houses or cities from science fiction films have become our reality. But technologies for this are being developed already now, and many of the types of businesses are already actively using them. It was in this vein in Las Vegas at the end of February this year that the third IBM Pulse 2010 conference was held, where the main theme was the creation of smart buildings, offices and urban infrastructure.
    At the conference, IBM representatives spoke about their experience in developing and implementing systems that combine the physical and digital worlds, as well as their experience in creating intelligent infrastructures for buildings. Partners from non-IT business were represented, with whom IBM is developing its endeavors. For example, Johnson Controls jointly develops tools to optimize energy consumption and increase the level of safety and comfort of buildings.

    The event also spoke about products that help customers create unified command centers not only for data processing, but also for the management of water supply, office equipment, door locks, heating and fire systems ... About one of these products - IBM Maximo- We already wrote in our blog. At the Pulse 2010 conference, a new solution was introduced based on IBM Global Business Services and IBM Maximo Asset Management for managing a whole portfolio of objects from one place - Property Portfolio Management (more details can be read here ). It was also talked about using a number of IBM Tivoli products (Open Process Automation Library (OPAL), Provisioning Manager, Security Incident and Event Manager, Storage Manager, Fastback and Fastback) in the creation and development of intelligent systems.

    The entire conference was held under the sign of energy saving and resource conservation, since these processes are interconnected and flow from one another. According to IBM Vice President Richie Lechner, smart buildings are the key to the city’s economic and environmental sustainability. At the same time, the city is positioned as a new operating system. Such an approach underlies the global initiative of IBM Smart Planet - a rational planet where all parts, such as cities, universities, corporations and even buildings, are not fragmented, but closely connected and perceived as a single whole - and it is this whole that will fight and with environmental problems, and with the problems of energy and resource conservation, and with the problems of excessive and baseless business expenses.

    The Pulse 2010 conference showed that “smart” technologies are not a subject of the future, they already exist, are actively being introduced and are developing very quickly. And through the use of new technologies comes the understanding and support of the Smart Planet initiative to solve global problems.

    Useful links: IBM Pulse 2010 conference site

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