Nuremberg City Council Drives Efficiency with IBM Analytics Technology

    Nuremberg City Council Drives Efficiency with IBM Analytics Technology

IBM software helps cities make smarter decisions for future urban planning and

PR Newswire

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 13, 2012

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --During Smart City Expo and
World Congress, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and The Office for Urban Research and
Statistics for Nuremberg and Furth today announced that it will use predictive
analytics software from IBM to examine and derive intelligence from public
data to simplify and improve decision-making for municipal administrators. The
IBM software delivers analytic techniques and time-saving features that help
municipalities quickly and easily find new insights in data that enable more
accurate predictions that result in better outcomes.

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The Office for Urban Research and Statistics of Nuremberg and Furth provides
statistics and conducts analyses that are vital for the future development of
the German cities of Nuremberg and Furth. Through analyses, projections, and
surveys the organization's urban research provides important decision making
information to the community and its leaders. The statistical analyses
conducted by the office support urban development topics such as integration,
education, sustainability and demographic changes to the city.

IBM's software makes it possible to create an accurate data set for
decision-making from the city's available records. The software monitors
important indicators, going far beyond the possibilities of traditional
spreadsheet software, to help the city identify weak points and develop
recommendations for further action and resolution. Powerful automated
functions boost the department's efficiency and give its staff more time for
other tasks.

"The number of tasks that local authority statistics departments deal with is
constantly growing," explains Thomas Nirschl, Scientific Employee at the
Office for Urban Research and Statistics. "IBM's predictive analytics software
enables us to automate routine tasks so that we can make more efficient use of
scarce municipal resources and free up time to dedicate resources to new

The Office for Urban Research and Statistics organizes data obtained from
regional and municipal statistics, analyzes and enriches that data, and then
makes it available to other users. The office is also able to extract existing
information contained in administrative registers for further research and

In addition, the office provides statistical information and decision support
to municipal planning committees, local government and the inhabitants of both
towns. This includes investigations of economic and spatial development,
analyses of living conditions and social structures, as well as population

"The success of urban development planning depends on the availability and
interpretation of reliable information," said Michael J Dixon, PhD, general
manager, IBM Smarter Cities. "Using IBM's predictive analytics capabilities,
municipalities are able to continually evaluate and effectively assess
population data to identify ways to manage public services more efficiently to
positively influence quality of life for citizens and better prepare for
future growth."

IBM SPSS Statistics provides the office with an enormous range of
possibilities for processing and evaluating data of practically any kind. The
software enables the office to integrate, aggregate, and analyze data stored
in almost any format via a host of manufacturer-independent interfaces. The
processed data records can also be output in a very flexible way and closely
adapted to clients' needs for further processing.

Further advantages arise as a result of information being exchanged by
statisticians in various parts of Germany, who are members of KOSIS, an
organization run by the Association of German Municipal Statisticians, which
is headquartered in Nuremberg. Statisticians from more than 150 local
authorities in Germany are able to share information beyond municipal borders
over the KOSIS platform to collaborate on joint procedures and solutions to
problems they encounter.

IBM is building on experience gained from Smarter Cities engagements around
the world. Working with IBM, city leaders can now monitor, measure and manage
a wide range of city services such as water management and intelligent
transportation among others. Using advanced technologies, like analytics
software, IBM is helping cities of all sizes apply intelligence to their city
operations to deliver better services to their citizens.

IBM has also established the world's deepest portfolio of analytics solutions,
growing its business and industry expertise to approximately 9,000 business
analytics and optimization consultants and 400 researchers, and created global
analytics solution centers in Berlin, Beijing, Dallas, London, New York,
Tokyo, Washington and Zurich. In addition, IBM has acquired more than 30
companies to build targeted analytics and information expertise and continues
to expand its ecosystem, which today consists of more than 27,000 IBM business
partners. IBM has also secured hundreds of patents a year in analytics.

For more information on IBM Smarter Cities, visit

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