Beijing to Team Up with IBM to Help Fight Smog
To help fight the persistent smog in Beijing, IBM Corp. signed an agreement deal with the city that will allow them to use advance weather forecasting and cloud computing technologies to combat the smog. After several series of pollution scares the Central Government promised to reverse the damages that the smog has done to the nation’s sky, soil and river bed for more than thirty years of growth. But in order to be successful the country needs to improve its data collection, forecasting and monitoring capabilities before it can work in to cutting down on its smog and pollution.
Currently Beijing is using an alert system using data from 35 monitoring stations which allows them to shut factories, schools and traffic system a few days in advance but residents feel that it is not enough. Although predicting is helpful and prevents exposure but it is not enough to know which days to wear masks and when to stay indoors. Using the IBM technology the city government will become one of the partners in a green horizon initiative that is aimed to attract IBM’s forecasting expertise and the collection of real time emission data that will predict smog build ups.
As the country committed to reduce that share of coal in their energy mix together with IBM’s cloud based analytic systems could be altered to make it a better use for renewable energy. For example at the wind and solar power demonstration project controlled by the State Grid Corp. used a supply and demand system from IBM which greatly reduced wasted power from 30 percent down to 20 percent. And by using better data the make up the cit pollution can lead to a more effective action on its control.