IBM and Tamil Nadu announce to jointly establish an innovative, cloud-based intelligent operations command center to address the emerging volatile weather conditions.
Armed by IBM Cloud and analytics technologies and services, the new IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management is said to be located in Chennai, operating against devastating negative impact of natural disasters, including annual monsoon-related flooding.
Costing at the market value of $2 million, the IBM grant cloud-based Center will enable Tamil Nadu State to pool time-sensitive data from various sources, including weather forecasts, current conditions, and historical data from The Weather Company, an IBM Business, to help track and gauge weather patterns as early as possible.
The Center will collect power, traffic, health service, and shelter information from municipal sources, and display the current data on a map shared by multiple government agencies. All processing and analysis will be conducted in IBM’s cloud data center in Chennai.
Adding Analytics to the cloud solution, IBM analytics will help the city predict where storms are likely to strike and their potential effect on the infrastructure, including utilities, roads and canals, as well as personal and public property.
The Center will also analyze potential situations and outcomes, and provide guidance for optimal response to help officials prepare for and deliver needed resources more quickly and effectively. City and state agencies can use the data to better coordinate responses and deploy resources quickly while emergency personnel and first responders will be able to report disaster conditions on the front lines with greater ease.
“IBM’s Impact Grant to the Government of Tamil Nadu – one of 400 grants we will award this year – demonstrates our corporate commitment to providing innovative analytics, mobile and cloud technology that can assist at all phases of disaster, help governments in India address future disasters, and best meet the needs of its citizens.” said Amit Sharma, Chief Operations Officer, IBM India.
The IBM Impact Grant and Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) will have two years of technical and operations support, including an IBM-led transition team.
Previously, the company asserts to have integrated similar technology to the Philippine Department of Science & Technology in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Since 2001, IBM has responded to more than 50 disasters in 33 countries.
IBM’s assistance comes after the state capital of Chennai faced one of the worst floods in over a century in late 2015.