IBM Game to Help You Solve City Problems

Tech leader IBM has announced the availability of CityOne, which is claimed to be the world’s first Smarter Planet interactive simulation designed to help business and civic leaders discover how to make their cities and industries smarter by solving real-world business, environmental, and logistical problems.

Delivered as a simulation game, players have the opportunity to explore more than 100 real-world scenarios to transform cities through technologies that reduce traffic congestion, save water, streamline supply chains and tap alternative energy sources through a series of crisis scenarios.

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In all of the missions, players must determine the best way to balance the city’s financial, environmental and sociological interests. 

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They are challenged with improving the city by attaining revenue and profit goals, increasing customer satisfaction, and making the environment greener with a limited budget. 

In parallel, players will learn how to embrace technologies such as business process management, service reuse, cloud computing and collaborative technologies to help make organizations in city systems more intelligent.

As urban populations continue to grow, IBM believes, civic and business leaders face an unprecedented set of problems.

With an estimated one million people around the world moving into cities each week, experts predict the population in the world’s cities will double by 2050. 

Today, these cities consume an estimated 75 percent of the world’s energy, emit more than 80 percent of the greenhouse gases, and lose as much as 20 percent of their water supply due to infrastructure leaks. 

Within these cities, retailers will see global supply chains bloat with $1.2 trillion in excess merchandise, and bankers will see their trading systems subjected to extreme stress, handling more than 25 billion market data messages each day.

City infrastructures that deliver vital services such as transportation, energy and water must rely on a wealth of new information and technologies that will allow them to sense and respond intelligently to the needs of their growing populations and businesses within the cities must learn how to integrate with these new technologies, IBM suggests.

So CityOne offers a virtual environment that will help tomorrow’s leaders learn how to apply advances in technology and better understand how these systems work.

Over the years, IBM has released a number of games such as INNOV8, RoboCode and PowerUp that are used by schools, businesses, museums and conferences.  The INNOV8 series, according to IBM, is now being used by 1000 universities and organizations worldwide and is offered for free to schools through IBM’s Academic Initiative.

To download CityOne, you can go to:

The announcement was made by IBM today, Oct. 4.

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Rakesh Raman