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5 Author(s)
Bartlett, D. ; IBM Software Group, Somers, USA ; Harthoorn, W. ; Hogan, J. ; Kehoe, M.
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Cities throughout the world are facing increasingly complex challenges as they continue to accommodate population growth and demands for higher-quality services while managing budgetary constraints. An effective implementation of advanced technology is essential to addressing these challenges. The pervasive use of smart sensors to provide real-time monitoring and control of systems for services—such as public safety, water, and power—serves as a foundational layer. The next step is to integrate real-time information and processes so work is coordinated efficiently. The most valuable and powerful result of integration is the ability to create a unified real-time view of the status of the entire city similar to a network-operations-center view of a data center. This enables new solutions such as a city command center to optimize operations for individual services while simultaneously optimizing actions for goals associated with the city as a holistic entity. Real-time simultaneous optimization of all systems in a city may seem like a difficult goal to achieve, but this paper describes how information technology event-management architectures, semantic models, and standards can be extended in a practical fashion to accomplish this vision.

Note: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated is distributing this Article with permission of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who is the exclusive owner. The recipient of this Article may not assign, sublicense, lease, rent or otherwise transfer, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publicly display or perform, or distribute the Article.  

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 1.2 )

Date of Publication:

Jan.-March 2011

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