Melbourne, Australia

2015 challenge

Melbourne, Australia has long prided itself on the emergency management plans and partnerships it has developed to serve its diverse and densely populated territory. However, a recent emergency event led to the realization that the city needed to better prepare citizens and communities to anticipate, respond to, and recover from extreme emergency events. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle asked IBM to develop a roadmap to minimize the impact of emergency events on health and safety, infrastructure and economic activity in the city. The project in Melbourne is one of three IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants in 2015 that will also receive a special grant of Twitter data, which will provide analysis of historical and current social media data to help tackle the issue.