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Issue 4 • July-Aug. 2010

Technologies for a Smarter Planet

Today, people interact locally and globally with increasing consequences for their communities and the planet as a whole. Sensors and information technology enable many aspects of life to become more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent, i.e., "smarter." This issue contains eight papers describing components of an intelligent infrastructure that integrate sensor data and related business data with mathematical models to support monitoring, managing, and decision making for cities, transportation systems, and utilities. The technologies described range from Agile software development to security, messaging, information space analytics, mathematical modeling, enterprise architecture, and energy-efficient data centers.

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  • Table of contents

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  • Preface: Technologies for a Smarter Planet

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  • Foundations for Smarter Cities

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    This paper describes the information technology (IT) foundation and principles for Smarter Cities™. Smarter Cities are urban areas that exploit operational data, such as that arising from traffic congestion, power consumption statistics, and public safety events, to optimize the operation of city services. The foundational concepts are instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. View full abstract»

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  • Managing the risks of Smarter Planet solutions

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    We live in a world in which powerful computers and network connectivity have become pervasive. Our systems and solutions can interact globally in ways that would have seemed impossible a few years ago. This combination of pervasive computing and high-speed global networking creates the environment known as Smarter Planet™. Smarter Planet solutions involve an interconnection of systems and d... View full abstract»

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  • A smarter process for sensing the information space

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    As a result of the growth of the Internet, the amount of available information is exponentially increasing. However, increasing the amount of information does not imply increasing usefulness. Furthermore, as the complexity of business relationships increases, there is a natural tendency toward less structured interaction between entities. This highlights the growing relevance of unstructured infor... View full abstract»

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  • Improving data-center efficiency for a Smarter Planet

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    In 2009, IBM launched its Smarter Planet™ initiative, which is based on the paradigm that virtually any physical object, process, or system can be instrumented, interconnected, and infused with intelligence. Because of the increased demand for information technology (IT) to facilitate Smarter Planet solutions, physical data centers have become interconnected, instrumented, and intelligent (... View full abstract»

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  • The application of publish/subscribe messaging to environmental, monitoring, and control systems

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    A significant opportunity exists to apply information technology to better understand and more efficiently manage large complex manmade and natural systems. These systems often involve large-scale environmental, monitoring, and control systems, operating in harsh conditions with unreliable and low-bandwidth connections between a variety of heterogeneous devices. While there are many examples of th... View full abstract»

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  • Intelligent Enterprise Architecture

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    Stakeholders in business and information technology (IT) enterprises are faced with challenges that result from technological changes occurring at accelerated paces, economic and environmental issues demanding immediate actions, and a need for more precise collaborative decision making. Consequently, chief executive officers are required to respond with solutions that can only be sustained if buil... View full abstract»

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  • A brief report on working smarter with Agile software development

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    Agile software development methods have proven to be a substantial catalyst for improvements in software quality, speed of delivery, and fitness for use, and are a driver behind the IBM Smarter Planet™ initiative, which involves intelligent approaches that address the needs of a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected and instrumented. Software vendors who use a traditional or wa... View full abstract»

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  • Toward an integrative software infrastructure for water management in the Smarter Planet

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    Building a Smarter Planet™ requires creating an intelligent infrastructure that integrates technology with business, government, and the everyday life of the citizens of earth, to maximize the use of scarce resources, balance hum... View full abstract»

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