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IBM and Salerno Cooperate to Develop a Smarter City
Date:5/19/2009

SALERNO, Italy, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The city of Salerno has entered into a strategic initiative with IBM (NYSE: IBM) with the aim of creating a Smart City. Salerno is the third Italian city to create an Innovation Board with IBM to identify and design a new model for a sustainable city through a range of digital solutions. Last month, IBM and the cities of Parma and Reggio Emilia announced similar initiatives.

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Salerno is a modern city in southern Italy. The city's management is planning citizen-focused innovations to provide new "intelligence" for existing infrastructure to optimize resources, improve services to citizens and businesses and make the city smarter and more efficient.

Salerno's strategy matches IBM's vision of a Smarter Planet, infusing intelligence into the world's systems, processes and infrastructure and providing a better quality of life for people living and working in a Smarter City. This means a systemic and open approach, with new intelligence through innovative IBM solutions designed with and for Salerno.

Salerno's Town Council is focusing on facilitating accessibility to the town and supporting senior citizens through the development of four key initiatives:

The first project aims to overcome architectural barriers to create a special route for the blind from a dedicated parking area to the Verdi Theatre. Smart sensors will be placed in the planking and will interact with smart canes, providing information and prompts on mobile phones, enabling the visually impaired to navigate around potential obstacles.


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