ST. LOUIS, MO, Feb 13, 2017 – In a joint effort to improve the quality of life in urban areas, IoT and Smart City platform provider Fybr has teamed with IBM’s Watson Internet of Things group. This new partnership will bring sensor data from Fybr’s Smart City Platform to IBM’s Bluemix Cloud to take advantage of Watson’s advanced analytics capabilities to add continuous learning and contextual data to Fybr’s sensor data.
IBM describes Watson IoT as “a cognitive computing system that learns from experience.” With Fybr’s gateways and edge devices sending data on things like traffic, air quality and lighting to the IBM Bluemix Cloud, Watson can combine the information sent from Fybr Smart City implementations with other data such as news, weather, or historical events. By optimizing public safety, traffic, energy data and more, local leaders can make intelligent and informed decisions more rapidly—enhancing livability and sustainability within a community.
With more than two-thirds of the World’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, the evolution of urban infrastructure has never been more critical for community advancement and overall quality of life. The partnership between the Fybr Smart City Platform and IBM’s Watson IoT platform can help to address growing urban challenges.
“We have integrated the Fybr Engine with the IBM Watson Analytics Platform running on the IBM Bluemix Cloud,” said Mrinal Wadhwa, chief technology officer of Fybr. “By combining data from Fybr devices with data in other systems that a customer may have on the Bluemix Cloud and then using Watson’s advanced analytical and machine learning capabilities, we can bring significant benefits to a city by delivering more contextual, actionable and meaningful insights.”
“In the course of helping build smart cities over the last decade, we continually hear a need for better tools to tackle the problems of safety, efficiency, and public responsiveness. Fybr builds intelligent systems that leverage technology to make communities more efficient—all while reducing costs,” said Rik Goodwin, PhD., chief operating officer of Fybr. “Working with IBM and Watson, we can help local leaders leverage the benefits of emerging technologies in a manner that is cost-effective and reliable.”
Bob Glatz, CEO of Fybr added “If cities can have systems and policies that adapt to the data produced by billions of interconnected sensors and devices, they can positively impact the quality of life within their community. The insights that IBM’s Watson would bring to the Fybr Smart City Platform will be a tremendous asset for local, state, and federal agencies.”
Fybr is a leading, end-to-end IoT platform provider—collecting and delivering data along with advanced analytic tools to solve business and community-based quality-of-life issues such as transportation, power, water management and safety—for customers worldwide. Fybr’s “ready to deploy” technology makes urban life easier for residents and visitors while making cities, universities and corporate campuses safer, more efficient and sustainable.
The Fybr Platform is an integrated and proven hardware, software, and network stack that reliably, securely and efficiently delivers data from the physical world in addition to being bi-directional—allowing business and community leaders to push instructions back out to devices in the physical world. Combining real-time sensing data with intelligent machine-learning algorithms, the Fybr Platform delivers actionable insights that help cities fix issues proactively—saving money and improving services.
Headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri, Fybr has deployments across the U.S.—as well as Canada and Asia. With Fybr’s IoT solution managing nearly 3 billion sensor events, Fybr provides a powerful, simple, and turnkey solution to enable any Internet of Things ambition for cities, farms, and businesses.
About IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing
Watson represents a new era in computing called cognitive computing, where systems understand the world the way humans do: through senses, learning, and experience. Watson continuously learns from previous interactions, gaining in value and knowledge over time. With the help of Watson, organizations are harnessing the power of cognitive computing to transform industries, help professionals do their jobs better, and solve important challenges.
As part of IBM’s strategy to accelerate the growth of cognitive computing, Watson is open to the world, allowing a growing community of developers, students, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to easily tap into the most advanced and diverse cognitive computing platform available today. Watson solutions are being built, used and deployed in more than 45 countries and across 20 different industries.
For more information on IBM Watson, visit ibm.com/Watson.