From the series A Smarter Planet - A/NZ IBM Social Media. A unique view into the progress and potential for Australia’s water management systems. This short video is a light-hearted introduction to the concept of a smarter planet… and what it means for our water systems. Take a look at what is possible when a system is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.
“the idea of instrumenting part of one’s consumption opens up all kinds of possibilities for how we might as a planet solve larger problems. Few would argue that we need smarter power grids. Bills that reflected actual usage (rather than estimated or aggregate) would prompt even great attention to personal usage. Widespread adoption of home monitoring like Current Cost — and the sharing of anonymous data — would show utilities and local governments patterns of usage that could inform smarter maintenance, more flexible infrastructure build-out, and even “competitive” incentive programs between localities.”—Ascent Stage: The cost of my current
“As the U.S. braces for the onslaught of swine flu, medical experts are trying to get the word out about flu prevention, especially for those most at risk. They’re using a wide range of media platforms, from Facebook to Twitter An interactive webcast is part of one of the largest U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s campaigns ever. The goal: to slow down the spread of swine flu.”—Swine flu experts using Facebook, Twitter to prevent spread
“To succeed in ‘consumerizing’ corporate technology, organizations will need new talent and skills that blend a deep understanding of the business; artistic talents in visual and social schemes that induce the desired behaviors and reactions from consumers; and expansive knowledge of how to invoke and leverage the power of Web technology and models. Many emerging jobs and roles will not simply specialize in one skill area, but will blend business, artistic and technical skills.”—Source: Kathy Harris, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner via “Gartner Says Organizations Should Leverage Social Sciences to Place Next-Generation Technology Jobs
While any bill can be paid online, regardless of how it is received, a growing number of consumers are also adopting paperless electronic bills (e-bills). E-bills contain the same information as a typical paper bill, but are delivered directly to a consumer’s online banking account or a company website. According to the survey, 24 percent of consumers who pay bills online also receive at least one bill online each month, up from 22 percent last year.
“Archeworks will partner with artistic circles, a Chicago-based collaborative media organization, on a public education program to examine collaborative models for water management around the world. Archeworks will lead the process of conceptualizing and testing prototypes for a Global Water website, designed to be an interactive online portal for community engagement and knowledge sharing on issues of water management, scarcity and pollution. A key component of this project will be working with water experts, community organizations, urban planners and engineers, researchers, and the public at large to begin the process of knowledge sharing for this collaborative website.”—
Many companies struggle to make sense of the caterwaul of complaints and compliments that now swirl around their products online. As sentiment analysis tools begin to take shape, they could not only help businesses improve their bottom lines, but also eventually transform the experience of searching for information online.
“What was once the domain of a company’s corporate social responsibility program is now a strategic business concern, and more and more corporates are re-examining the role that water resource inputs play in their production cycle and turning to new tools such as water ‘footprinting,’ which are helping businesses evaluate and address risks throughout the entire supply chain of water-intense products such as beverages, food and clothing.”—Source: The Katoomba Group’s Ecosystem Marketplace - More Corporations Seek Solutions to Global Water Crisis
“Traffic congestion in the east gateway of Ho Chi Minh City has recently become the focus of attention, as it has caused much annoyance and inconvenience to road-users. A series of temporary solutions were provided and initially brought about good effects, however, they are not enough to end traffic congestion in the area.”—
“Traffic congestion is a condition on networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased queueing. The most common example is the physical use of roads by vehicles. When traffic demand is great enough that the interaction between vehicles slows the speed of the traffic stream, congestion is incurred. As demand approaches the capacity of a road (or of the intersections along the road), extreme traffic congestion sets in. When vehicles are fully stopped for periods of time, this is colloquially known as a traffic jam.”—Traffic congestion - Source: Wikipedia
“Toyota latest prototype is called i-REAL. It is a personal mobility vehicle which uses three wheels (two at the front and one at the back). Toyota says the i-REAL ensures safe handling [both to the driver and those around the vehicle] by employing perimeter monitoring sensors to detect whenever a collision with a person or object is imminent. It alerts the driver through noise and vibrations and alerts people around it of its movements through the use of light and sound.”—Source: HorizonWatching Toyota i-Real Personal Mobility Device
“We think every 15-20 years there’s a big shift in the computing model. We have been at the top of the hill around the centralized compute model but we overslept on the distributed model. We saw it coming but we didn’t react to client service server. And in 1993 we nearly went belly up when the industry shifted, and that’s not going to happen to us again. So when you ask me what cloud is, it’s the new delivery and consumption model for IT support and service. It’s that broad. The cloud is nothing but the industrialization of any IT supported services. Many people equate cloud computing to virtualization. It is not virtualization. To get the value you need standardization and automation on top of that virtualization.”— Erich Clementi, General Manager, Enterprise Initiatives Source: GigaOm. IBM Takes On Microsoft, Google & Salesforce Clouds
“The online shift of the latest and greatest business solutions to the Web is happening because the Cloud is winning the war for developers: a rapidly growing number of developers see the Web as the most attractive “platform” on which to quickly and affordably deploy their solutions. It’s not a mystery: the Cloud dramatically reduces the barriers for customer adoption (and upgrade) and dramatically expands the market reach for solution developers.”—
Pushkin Kachroo, a UNLV professor in electrical and computer engineering, poses at the Regional Transportation Commission’s Freeway and Arterial System Transportation (FAST) center. Kachroo and his students is working with colleagues, students and government agencies on ways of tracking traffic electronically and getting information to drivers to help them avoid accidents and other disruptions. He’s also drawing top talent in his field to UNLV.
“Efforts to improve the skills and capabilities of the workforce often fail because companies don’t really know where the gaps are. One tool to reveal them is a comprehensive survey that allows employees themselves to identify the areas most in need of improvement. A targeted, less costly program—something that’s particularly valuable in the present downturn—can then be rolled out to the organization.”—
“cloud will free up processors for mobile devices while allowing developers to create a single version of their app. “Cloud computing will bring unprecedented sophistication to mobile applications,” Beccue says. “To mention just a few examples, business users will benefit from collaboration and data sharing apps. Personal users will gain from remote access apps allowing them to monitor home security systems, PCs or DVRs, and from social networking mashups that let them share photos and video or incorporate their phone address books and calendars.”—Mobile Cloud Computing Bypasses Carrier Control | Digital Media Buzz
“Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) estimates that congestion is costing Americans more than $78 billion a year. Urban travelers are delayed in rush hour traffic nearly 40 hours a year.”—Texas Transportation Institute
“Irrigated agriculture is at a crossroads. Irrigated lands now account for about 20 percent of the world’s farmed area and 40 percent of global food production. Increases in irrigated area, cropping intensity, and crop yields have helped to stabilize food production per capita, even though population and per capita food intake have grown significantly. Investments in irrigation and drainage have driven rural growth in many developing countries, creating jobs and reducing poverty.”—WorldBank
“We think every 15-20 years there’s a big shift in the computing model. We have been at the top of the hill around the centralized compute model but we overslept on the distributed model. We saw it coming but we didn’t react to client service server. And in 1993 we nearly went belly up when the industry shifted, and that’s not going to happen to us again. So when you ask me what cloud is, it’s the new delivery and consumption model for IT support and service. It’s that broad. The cloud is nothing but the industrialization of any IT supported services. Many people equate cloud computing to virtualization. It is not virtualization. To get the value you need standardization and automation on top of that virtualization.”— Erich Clementi, General Manager, Enterprise Initiatives (Source: www.gigaom.com article: IBM Takes On Microsoft, Google & Salesforce Clouds