November 24, 2008 06:00 ET

IBM Video Explores How to Build a Smarter Utility System

ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - A new video from IBM today (NYSE: IBM) discusses the challenges -- and opportunities -- for creating a smarter utility system. The video, featured on the blog, Building a smarter planet, illustrates how adding intelligence to the utility system will help match supply with demand, and dramatically increase its efficiency.

Also on the blog today is a conversation with Ron Ambrosio, IBM's global research leader for the energy & utilities industry, discussing practical ways consumers, utility companies and governments can work together to create a smart utility system. These ideas include:

  • Enabling consumers to measure and track more detail around home energy usage.

  • Allowing consumers to reduce costs by shifting usage to off-peak rates.

  • Smoothing the electricity demand curve to reduce capital investment required to build new power grids.

The systems that make the world work, including healthcare, food, traffic, energy, water and financial systems, are all in need of dramatic change. The Building a smarter planet blog is aimed at discussing some of these problems and potential solutions for addressing them. To receive updates on future conversations, videos and podcasts, subscribe to the blog's RSS feed:

For more background and resources on IBM's agenda to build a smarter planet, visit

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