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St. Louis named recipient of IBM "Smarter Cities" grant

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St. Louis has been named as one of 24 cities worldwide to be awarded a "Smarter Cities" grant by IBM, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tim Logan reports

What does the grant entail? And how will it be used in St. Louis?

According to the Post-Dispatch:

  • IBM will give the city up to $400,000 worth of services to help it better analyze and use data to provide city services.
  • A spokeswoman for Mayor Francis Slay said the St. Louis project will focus on public safety.
  • A team of IBM consultants will spend several weeks here studying the use of data and technology in the city's various law enforcement agencies "from arrest to probation."
  • Over the next three years, IBM said that it plans to give $50 million worth of grants to 100 cities.
  • IBM is focusing the grants on different areas such as healthcare, education, transportation and energy.