City of Melbourne joins smarter cities mining Twitter

Deep analysis of Twitter data will help Melbourne’s emergency management, as IBM brings in a team and celebrity-computer Watson to make the city’s services more efficient.

The City of Melbourne is to play host to a pro bono team of IBM experts who will help the council make more informed decisions about managing and responding to extreme events.

As one of the 16 successful applicants for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, the city will be assisted by a group of up to six consultants, who will meet with organisations, government and businesses over three weeks to gather a diverse perspective on emergency management and response in Melbourne.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said in a statement it was an priceless opportunity to learn:

“We will receive priceless global expertise to work with local leaders to help us improve the way we collect, analyse and act on real-time data about our city.

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