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France's Nice Cote D'Azur Region Taps IBM To Help Build A Smarter, Sustainable City

ARMONK, N.Y. and PARIS, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the Nice Cote d'Azur region of France, announced an agreement to build a new information infrastructure to help the city in its efforts to become a more intelligent, sustainable city. IBM also underscored its ongoing commitment in the region.

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Through better use of data and information sharing, as well as a new research and development project, the City plans to put in place the technical foundation to improve mobility and transportation, environmental quality, energy efficiency and reduce risk. Improvements in each of these areas are expected to help enhance services to citizens making the city more livable, while providing better sources of information to boost economic development for local business.

The area is one of 13 EcoCite' zones designated by the French government, an area dedicated to eco-friendly urban planning. The four million Euro agreement with IBM will help support this transformation to a Smarter City and foster urban innovation, including the creation of new sources of information and open applications designed in collaboration with local business.

"We are proud to be part of a research and development project for the Metropole Nice Cote d'Azur," said Christian Estrosi , Metropole Nice Cote d'Azur president. "This will help create employment, drive new innovation and improve the attractiveness of the region for citizens and business alike."

As part of the project, the IBM Intelligent Operations Center will provide city leaders an intelligent dashboard to harness information in real time so it can be shared across departments and throughout Nice and its 46 municipalities, enabling new levels of collaboration. It uses data visualization and deep analytics that can help agencies prepare for problems, coordinate and manage response efforts and enhance the ongoing efficiency of city operations in order to improve the services offered to citizens. It can also be used to spot patterns or trends and explore scenarios to predict the impact of future events. 

Initially the technology will be used to address the following areas:

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