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Jurong Lake District of Singapore—Smarter City

F.Y. Teng | March 15, 2012
The western area of the island-state comprising Jurong Gateway and Lakeside has been named one of the winners of the 2012 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge.

IBM issued a press release on Thursday (March 15, 2012) naming Jurong Lake District–a 360-hectare area made up of Jurong Gateway and Lakeside (or Jurong East and Jurong Lake) in the western region of Singapore–one of this year's 33 cities worldwide to win a grant under the technology vendor's Smarter Cities Challenge.

A part of the broader IBM's Corporate Services Corps grants initiative–through which the company sends out some of its best people to different parts of the world "to work on projects that intersect business, technology and society"–IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city programme that was launched just last year.

According to the IBM statement, it is valued at US$50 million, which goes to funding "in-person engagements staffed by teams of top IBM experts, who study and then make detailed recommendations addressing locally important urban issues." It also went on say that "the winning cities [this year] proposed intriguing projects and areas of focus for IBM experts," including work on the following.

   * "Economic and Workforce Development-attracting a diverse variety of jobs and industries."
   * "Transportation-integrating bus, rail, bicycle, car and pedestrian modes of transportation."
   * "Sustainability-measuring vehicle miles traveled more precisely to help lower pollution levels."
   * "Health-using inhaler and air quality data to identify and reduce asthma outbreaks."
   * "Education-applying data analytics to identify the most effective investments for improving an entire school system."
   * "Urban Planning-revitalising and redeveloping older neighbourhoods."

The other 32 cities to receive IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants this year are:

     Accra, Ghana
     Ahmedabad, India
     Atlanta, Georgia, USA
     Birmingham, UK
     Boston, Massachusetts, USA
     Cheongju, Korea
     Chonburi, Thailand
     Curitiba, Brazil
     Da Nang, Vietnam
     Dortmund, Germany
     Durham, North Carolina, USA
     Eindhoven, Netherlands
     Geraldton, Australia
     Houston, Texas, USA
     Ishinomaki, Japan
     Jacksonville, Florida, USA
     Louisville, Kentucky, USA
     Malaga, Spain
     Medellin, Colombia
     New Taipei City, Taiwan
     Nanjing, China
     Nairobi, Kenya
     Omaha, Nebraska, USA
     Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
     Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
     Pune, India
     Rabat, Morocco
     Rosario, Argentina
     Siracusa, Italy
     Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
     Tshwane, South Africa
     Toluca, Mexico

Talking about what the winning cities had in common, the President of IBM's Foundation and Vice President of its Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs division,  Stanley S. Litow, said "they have one clear similarity-the strong personal commitment by the city's leadership to put in place the changes needed to help the city make smarter decisions."


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