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Tucson earns IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant

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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 9:23 am

The City of Tucson announced that IBM has selected it to receive

an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant for 2013. The grant provides

Tucson with access to some of IBM's top experts who will analyze and

recommend ways Tucson Water can better use existing data to serve its

customers efficiently and effectively.

The Smarter Cities Challenge Grant will provide in-kind assistance to

Tucson Water for coordination of technology improvements to its

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems. SCADA allows

operators to communicate with Tucson Water’s complex and vast network of water storage and distribution. At the same time, the grant will also

help integrate communication with Tucson Water’s Advanced Meter

Infrastructure (AMI) and Advanced Meter Readers (AMR).

“Installing digital water meters makes it easier for Tucson Water

customers to monitor water use in real time,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan

Rothschild. “Being able to identify leaks or other spikes in use as they

happen delivers city services more efficiently and promotes water

conservation - two key components of my 360 Day Work Plan for Tucson.”

"Congratulations to Tucson for earning an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge

grant in 2013. The city distinguished itself among peers by convincingly

demonstrating its preparation and willingness to further improve its

residents' quality of life and become a smarter city," said Stanley S.

Litow, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs,

and President of IBM's Foundation. "We consider it a privilege to share

with Tucson city staff the talent and expertise of our most gifted

employees who have premier skills in a range of disciplines, all useful

for helping build smarter cities and a smarter planet."

Professionals from IBM’s Corporate Service Corps will spend

approximately three weeks with City staff to develop a blueprint for

addressing numerous issues that accompany upgrading SCADA and

implementing AMI.

The Smarter Cities Challenge is sponsored by IBM's Corporate Citizenship

program and IBM’s International Foundation. In 2012, IBM provided expert

counsel to 33 cities worldwide who had earned Smarter Cities Challenge

grants. For more information, go online to


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