In efforts to de-pollute the air and to provide clean air, IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) has announced a collaboration agreement with the City of Johannesburg and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to apply advanced technologies to help the city government deliver on its clean air action plan.
IBM has a ‘global Green Horizons’ initiative of which, with this formed partnership with the City of Johannesburg will influence the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) combined with the analytical power of cognitive computing to provide insights and recommended actions to improve air quality and better protect the health of Johannesburg citizens. IBM is collaborating with South Africa’s CSIR on this project
City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Parks Tau explained that, “For Johannesburg to be a world-class African city, we need world-class solutions to deliver on pressing problems like air pollution,”
The Mayor further explained that, “this is where our partnership with IBM and CSIR comes in. Using advanced decision analytics and pollution forecasting technologies, we will strengthen our air quality management strategies and gain greater situational awareness of the challenges at hand. I am personally committed to ensuring that Johannesburg is a place where people and businesses are in harmony with the environment.”
According to Dr. Sibusiso Sibisi, CEO of CSIR. “Working together, CSIR and IBM will explore how advanced technologies can help to better understand and improve society’s relationship with the environment, bringing to bear local talent and best practices from some of the most environmentally challenged places on the planet.”
While the city of Johannesburg was established as a mining town, this initiative will help eliminate polluted air from the mining dumps and the gas emissions from millions of vehicles that move around the city. The City of Johannesburg is home to over 4 million people, the air pollution includes ultrafine particulate and matter particles.