IBM issued a press release on Thursday (March 15, 2012) naming Jurong Lake District–a 360-hectare area made up of Jurong Gateway and Lakeside (or Jurong East and Jurong Lake) in the western region of Singapore–one of this year's 33 cities worldwide to win a grant under the technology vendor's Smarter Cities Challenge.
A part of the broader IBM's Corporate Services Corps grants initiative–through which the company sends out some of its best people to different parts of the world "to work on projects that intersect business, technology and society"–IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city programme that was launched just last year.
According to the IBM statement, it is valued at US$50 million, which goes to funding "in-person engagements staffed by teams of top IBM experts, who study and then make detailed recommendations addressing locally important urban issues." It also went on say that "the winning cities [this year] proposed intriguing projects and areas of focus for IBM experts," including work on the following.
* "Economic and Workforce Development-attracting a diverse variety of jobs and industries."
* "Transportation-integrating bus, rail, bicycle, car and pedestrian modes of transportation."
* "Sustainability-measuring vehicle miles traveled more precisely to help lower pollution levels."
* "Health-using inhaler and air quality data to identify and reduce asthma outbreaks."
* "Education-applying data analytics to identify the most effective investments for improving an entire school system."
* "Urban Planning-revitalising and redeveloping older neighbourhoods."
The other 32 cities to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants this year are:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Da Nang, Vietnam
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Houston, Texas, USA
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Tshwane, South Africa
Talking about what the winning cities had in common, the President of IBM's Foundation and Vice President of its Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs division, Stanley S. Litow, said "they have one clear similarity-the strong personal commitment by the city's leadership to put in place the changes needed to help the city make smarter decisions."
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