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Published: 2015-01-27 16:11:25

IBM, a leading technology company, has announced the launch of its “Smarter Cities Challenge” program aimed at helping cities across the globe address their most pressing urban challenges. The program will provide cities with access to IBM’s expertise in areas such as data analytics, social media, and cloud computing, and will help them develop strategies for improving their infrastructure, public services, and quality of life.

The program will be implemented in 16 cities worldwide and will offer free consulting services from IBM experts to help these cities identify and solve urban challenges. The program is expected to provide $66 million worth of consulting services to the participating cities over the next three years.

IBM has previously worked with cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, and Amsterdam on smart city initiatives, and the Smarter Cities Challenge builds on this experience. The program is part of IBM’s larger “Smarter Planet” initiative, which aims to use technology to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

“IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge is an innovative approach to help cities around the world address their most pressing challenges,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM’s Chairman, President and CEO. “We’re proud to be able to leverage our expertise and resources to help these cities become smarter and more efficient, and to improve the quality of life for their citizens.”

The participating cities in the program include: Abuja, Nigeria; Ballarat, Australia; Brussels, Belgium; Nanjing, China; Tainan, Taiwan; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Palermo, Italy; San Isidro, Argentina; Fort Lauderdale, USA; and several others.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is an exciting initiative that highlights the importance of technology in addressing urban challenges. With the help of IBM’s expertise, these cities will be able to develop innovative solutions to improve the lives of their citizens and become more sustainable and efficient.

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