"I.B.M. is providing more evidence on Thursday that its smarter cities program is more than a marketing campaign. The company is starting a project with the city of Dubuque, Iowa, that over the next several years will use sensors, software and Internet computing to give the city's government and citizens the digital tools to measure, monitor and alter the way they use water, electricity and transportation.
"I.B.M. already has a number of computer-services projects with cities around the world, from traffic management systems in Stockholm and London to a smart-grid electricity system in Amsterdam, to water management in Shenyang, China. An overarching goal in each is to conserve resources and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
"The Dubuque effort stands out not only because it is in the United States, but also because it marks I.B.M.'s most comprehensive approach to these digitally enhanced public services water, electricity and transportation. We're trying to make Dubuque into the first integrated, smart city, said Robert Morris, vice president of services research at I.B.M."