00:01So we at IBM have a little tradition when we come to give talks.

00:04We say, Good afternoon!

00:08And then we say, not good enough.

00:10Good afternoon!

00:13You guys are hopeless.

00:14All right.

00:17So, I'm...I have about 6 minutes and 43 seconds to explain what Smarter Planet is...

00:24...why IBM is interested in that kind of thing, aside from the obvious, that we live on it...

00:29...and how geospatial technologies, Esri, and Esri partners can participate.

00:34So, let me start with a little history lesson.

00:37You probably don't know this, but 2010 is our centennial year.

00:41We were founded in 1910.

00:45And what we like to do as a company is we like to do things that move the needle.

00:52Sometimes we move them because they're business imperatives, sometimes we do things because they're interesting.

00:57In 1964, we did something, we weren't quite sure what it was, some of you might have heard of it... was called the System 360 and it really created the modern IT industry.

01:11In the same way, I think Jack probably has some memories of working on an early 360...

01:18...the first version of the software we now call ArcGIS.

01:21In 1997, after a number of years of research in artificial intelligence and search algorithms...

01:32...IBM put together a system called Deep Blue.

01:34I was with the company at the time and it was fascinating to watch the IBM machine beat Gary Kasparov.

01:43By the way, the system 360 had, you know, one processor, 8 megabytes of memory...

01:50...Deep Blue had a little more, and in 2004, we built something called Blue Gene to focus on protein folding... medical applications.

01:58It had 131,000 processors in it, 280 trillion instructions per second.

02:06Some of you may have seen earlier this year a game show called Jeopardy, and the point of the exercise...

02:15...was for us to understand how well we had processed, in understanding and processing natural language...

02:22...and we thought what better way to do this than to participate in a game, in an intellectual interaction...

02:30...which is all about wordplay and language.

02:33And, for those of you saw the game, Watson did quite well.

02:37So, that brings me to our latest challenge, and we call it Smarter Planet, let me explain why.

02:45We are all living on a world, as we heard Jack say this morning, which will have 9 billion people on it.

02:53So there is a planetwide incentive to do more with less.

02:58How is that going to happen?

02:59Well, there's a number of forces that are helping us.

03:03Number one, the world's getting more instrumented; many more people carry things like phones...

03:09...the physical and the digital worlds are connected much more than they used to be by things like sensors and monitors and...

03:17Finally, this fabric of computation capability is interconnected and is becoming to be the basis of making intelligent...

03:27...decision making, so we said the world will becoming more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent.

03:33And we can use these trends, these capabilities, to do important and interesting things.

03:41So, this is, some people think this is actually a marketing campaign, and it's actually...

03:48...changed the company to its roots.

03:49We are focused very deeply in industries like energy, we are working with governments worldwide...

03:57...and we are focused a lot of transportation.

03:59So, as an example of this, some of the gentlemen from IBM with me here today - they actually...

04:05...are not used to being called gentlemen - are from the Maximo team.

04:10They did a lot of work with Esri over the past few years creating something called Maximo Spatial.

04:16We use it a lot in the utility, transportation industries.

04:21So, the three things together - geospatial technology, IT, and analytics - are really three of the most important...

04:31...things that can come together to build these Smarter Planet applications.

04:35So, for example, if one has a rainstorm in the city, it can cause sewer backups, cause the streets to be flooded... would like to be able to do things like reroute buses, reroute traffic signals, maybe have the police...

04:51...involved in directing traffic.

04:55Similarly, monitoring energy use to look for predicted peaks using historical models...

05:01...hysteresis and predictive analytics, is the second thing that you can do.

05:06And you get the idea.

05:08Transportation networks, all of these things benefit and critically need physical information...

05:16...geospatial information, business processes, IT, models and analytics, in order to do all of these things together.

05:25So, IBM was a really easy choice, actually.

05:28It has embraced Esri as our geospatial partner in building the Smarter Planet and we're engaged...

05:34...with them worldwide, and it's been a wonderful partnership.

05:37I personally have only been involved for a little bit over a year, but it's awesome to see two teams work together.

05:43The dashboard on the left of your screen is an example of a smarter-building dashboard.

05:49It's a company that manages smarter buildings worldwide, and one can zoom in from the world to the country... the state to the city to the block to the building to the floor that this company manages.

06:03And on the right we have another dashboard around smarter water.

06:09So, we talk about smarter cities and in fact we launched the smarter city initiative...

06:18...last week at IBM's Pulse Conference.

06:20A smarter city we really think of a system of systems and I've already talked about them...

06:24...public safety, water, power, transportation.

06:29These systems work together and the interconnection of these systems lets one make intelligent decisions...

06:35...about how to deal with these federated systems in managing a city.

06:40So we're really looking for some help and this is my pitch to all of you, to come join us, work with us, grow with us.

06:48We are engaged in these industries and others and your expertise is sorely needed with us so that we...

06:55...can build a smarter planet together.

06:59It takes about 10 minutes for you to join Partner World, and it's free by the way.

07:03And, we'd like you to come on an adventure with us, grow with us, build a smarter planet with us.

07:09So, just in conclusion, I'd like to modify what's on this chart.

07:12It's not about location that matters on a smarter planet.

07:15What we do here and what I've been watching here today is much more profound than that.

07:20It's about geospatial information, it's about the linkage of the physical and the digital worlds.

07:26That ability that you uniquely have here is what we need together to build a smarter planet.

07:32Thank you.

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IBM Solutions for a Smarter Planet

Dr. Michael Karasick, IBM VP architecture & technology, discusses IBM's smarter planet applications and the ability to use geospatial information to link the physical to the digital world.

  • Recorded: Mar 6th, 2011
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