Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Cisco monitors climate change and builds sustainable cities

Cisco has announced a couple of interesting collaborations in the last week around green IT.

- The company is partnering with NASA to develop an online platform called the 'Planetary Skin' to capture, collect, analyse and report data on the environment collected from satellites, airborne, sea- and land-based sensors around the world. The data will be made available to the public, governments and businesses to measure, report and verify environmental data in near-real-time to help detect and adapt to global climate change. (It sounds like the alternative solutions that NASA referred to when the Orbiting Carbon Observatory failed to live up to its name, which I reported on a couple of weeks ago).

Other participants include the United Nations, multi-lateral development banks, businesses, international government agencies, universities, think tanks, non-governmental agencies and foundations. They will all pool their resources to develop the decision support capabilities to manage natural resources, climate change-related risks, such as a rise in sea level, etc. and new environmental markets, e.g. for carbon. Full details are in this press release.

- Cisco has also announced that it is collaborating with Metropolis, an association of 106 of the world's largest cities, to develop its 'Vision 2030' for sustainable cities. Cisco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding which includes the company advising the association on how to build a collaborative model between member cities and to demonstrate how cities can effectively use technology to advance clean public transportation, decrease pollution through intelligent urban development, offer access to citizen-centric services and support sustainable economic growth.
The press release is here.

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