Combating Climate Change Through Smarter Urban Transportation Policies
Boston University is teaming with the City of Boston on the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grant program with IBM worth $400,000 to the City. For three weeks this summer, IBM will work with the city, as part of the ongoing efforts of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, to draft a plan in two key areas for Boston residents:
- Better Traffic Management: This plan will help the Boston Transportation Department spot traffic problems faster, allowing to spend more time fixing problems and less time looking for them.
- A Healthier Environment: This plan will help see how the bike, parking and traffic management policies are impacting vehicle usage in the city; with this intelligence, the City will be able to see how it can meet its aggressive climate action goals by 2020.
The work will focus on collecting data from the City’s existing network of traffic cameras and sensors and analyzing that data to perform near real-time vehicle counts. By this, Boston hopes to reduce vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions and improve its environment and traffic flow by giving City managers and residents the information they need to evaluate and adjust transportation policies and programs.
For the Boston project, IBM brings together an international team from IBM Research and IBM Global Services. Participating from Boston University is a diverse team of faculty, staff, and graduate students from various departments.
Boston is one of 100 municipalities with the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant award worldwide through 2013. Teams of specially selected IBM experts will provide city leaders with analysis and recommendations to support successful growth, better delivery of municipal services, more citizen engagement, and improved efficiency.