IBM in pact with Centre for Sustainable Development for a Smarter Bangalore


IBM announced its association with the Centre for
Sustainable Development (CSD) to prepare an Environment Report Card (ERC) for


The report which will be presented to the Government of
Karnataka will showcase citizens’ perceptions of environmental issues and a
factual picture of the city’s environmental condition measured across the key


The report card is expected to provide the administrative
authorities a perspective of what citizens consider as priority issues facing
Bangalore. The report is expected to be released by November 2011.


This project is a part of the year-long
community initiatives of IBM commemorating its centennial. About 500
IBMers have volunteered to collate data from over 3000 household respondents
across 8 zones in the city between August and October 2011.


During this period, Centre for Sustainable Development
will collate data from different government departments to supplement the


IBM will utilize its Global Business Services Business
Analytics and Optimization (BAO) consulting expertise along with IBM’s BAO
FileNet and Advanced Analytics technology platform to collect, compile, analyze
and produce the results for the ERC (Environment Report Card). 


The project will summarize factual data that can
stimulate debate on policies intended to benefit environmental protection. It
will also lend valuable insights into various factors that the citizens of
Bangalore think are important while developing the city further,” said Mamtha Sharma, manager,
Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM India.


One of the significant aspects of the project is that
the report will take into account both the data available with government
agencies and citizen perspective on the city. We are hopeful that the report
will sensitize the stakeholders on the adverse impact of ignoring the
environment issues in the city” said R Srinivas, executive director, Centre for
Sustainable Development.


ERCs are used world over to assist policy makers and
environmental organizations prioritize issues and responses for the betterment
of local environments and communities. This report will focus on parameters
such as air pollution, traffic congestion, lack of open spaces,
drainage, water collection, quality  of  water, waste/sewage
management, noise pollution and other relevant and vital factors
impacting  health and well-being of citizens.


Recently, IBM announced
that WinHire Technologies, provider of a video-based
social networking solution for virtual recruitment, has selected
the IBM
SmartCloud Enterprise solution to roll out their next generation business model
leveraging social media. Making a choice over Amazon, Win Hire preferred the
IBM solution as it allowed them to access a secure enterprise class shared
private cloud computing infrastructure to drive higher efficiency, manage costs
and increase speed-to-market.


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