IBM Helps Corpus Christi Build A Sustainable City

The City of Corpus Christi, Texas recently announced that it would work directly with IBM to implement systems that will improve efficiency and sustainability for the city’s more than 280,000 residents.
The city will use IBM systems to measure, monitor and improve the way it manages city water, roads, airport, parks, and utilities. It’s hoped that with greater transparency and greener planning across its departments, the city can more quickly evaluate and respond to issues, anticipate and prevent problems, and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

As one of Texas’s largest cities on the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi relies significantly on port industries, tourism and higher education to drive its economy. The city strives to improve the quality of life for citizens while keeping operating costs low and maintaining high levels of service.

Listen to Steve Klepper, administrative superintendent for Corpus Christi talk about creating a smarter city.

Before working with IBM, each city department had its own process for handling incoming work requests and ongoing maintenance, typically operating on a reactive basis using paper to track issues. Because there wasn’t a central system of tracking existing issues, budgeting and managing city resources was sometimes difficult.

Now Corpus Christi uses the city-wide “One Call Center.” When residents call with complaints or service requests, the centralized system creates a workorder in relation to the address, and provides a bird’s-eye view of existing maintenance requests using mapping software from IBM Business Partner Esri.

This system is already having positive effects all over the city, reducing time and money spent on water management, smarter utilities and roads, and creating greener parks for its citizens to enjoy.

In addition to the projects in Corpus Christi, IBM is working with 300 cities including London, Stockholm, Sydney, Dublin and Amsterdam.

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

sounds good -- we'll see

Past Member 7 years ago

ibm gets money out of this...especially if they created it and keep it going...this is a very complex set up computer instructions, interactions and's imperative that a reliable company be responsible...i applaud ibm for once again being on the cutting edge...the green edge this time...not blue...and helping our world become better citizens...this is a good, responsive and necessary thing....

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal7 years ago

Smarter communication....smarter city. What does IBM get out of this?

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago

Thanx for the post :-)

Philip S.
Philip S7 years ago

I'm sure this will compliment the miles and miles of noxious spewing refineries they have there in Corpus.

James P.
James P.7 years ago

POLITICIANS/elitists in power are able to lead the people by their noses & make a PROFIT on their stupidity!

"Global warming" started as "Global cooling" when I was a young man in the 70's -- all the prophets of doom predicted "glaciers moving south", "temperatures dropping", "coming ice age"!

When that was debunked, after a little time passed -- we started "warming"! After "climate gate", "global warming" became "Climate Change" -- which became CLIMATE "DISRUPTION"!

And as politicians decide on how best to "tackle this" & propose "Carbon Footprint" taxes and "Cap & Trade" (read "TAX"), the BUFFOON who came up with all this "inconvenient" rubbish, has a footprint SEVENTEEN TIMES GREATER than the rest of us!

Read more:

Since his film, lots of "inconvenient truths" have been discovered, but Al Gore is unwilling to respond to any questions!

Fascinating articles below, especially the 1st from a Canadian source:

Danuta W.
Danuta W7 years ago

This is great article

Claire M.
Claire M7 years ago

The only way our cities will ever be sustainable is if we get rid of most of the cars. We have become a nation that designs a society around traffic. Willing to sacrifice almost anything so the wheels may flow.

The city systems may improve efficiency for a time but how long till that efficiency turns to trimming the fat in terms of services? In the end the source of their systems will call the shots because the town will depend on them.

What we really need right away is a detailed account of where local, state and federal agencies are spending OUR money.

Marie W.
Marie W7 years ago

So corporations are the answer to everything. I have a large grain of salt.

Brian E.
Brian E7 years ago

This is such Fundamental Common Sense . It is absolutely astounding that when the lack of communication is discovered as the cause of dysfunctional goverment it is raveled as a great accomplishment ! ..