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[December 11, 2013]

A.M. BestTV: IBM Giving Cities New Way to Prepare for the Worst

OLDWICK, N.J. --(Business Wire)--

In this episode of A.M. BestTV, Peter Williams, a distinguished engineer at IBM (News - Alert), discusses a new project that measures how well cities are prepared to respond to catastrophic events and emerging threats. The new scorecard, developed by IBM and Aecom, a technical and management support services provider, assesses urban resilience. The tool, according to Williams, helps cities integrate agencies, processes, data and infrastructure to better respond to various kinds of natural disasters or threats and attacks. Williams said currently, the most resilient cities are the ones that have already faced major stresses in the past, citing San Francisco as an example of an urban area that understands and has addressed earthquake risk. Williams added that the benefits go beyond saving lives and property. He said that global businesses may use the preparedness of a city as a deciding factor when considering where to put their assets nd investments. Click on to view the video program.

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