In Atmospheric Talk: IBM pushes Beijing to predict pollution patterns

In Atmospheric Talk: IBM pushes Beijing to predict pollution patterns


IBM will help DDC to understand the link between traffic patterns, smog in New Delhi so that decisions related to improving air quality can be backed with modelling

Latest reports from U.S embassy in Beijing speaks of air quality to remain at hazardous level until at least Thursday morning. Keeping the severity of the issue in discourse, International Business Machines Corp., earlier known to be developing an artificial intelligence to fight against toxic air pollution in Beijing, broadens push in China and India to work with other municipalities for managing air quality. The announcement comes as smog continues to mask Beijing this week; prompting city officials to issue a red alert for the first time since a four-tier warning system was put in place earlier in year 2013.

In plan execution, IBM Research segment will have talks with Delhi Dialogue Commission regarding traffic patterns and smog in New Delhi to come up with a resolution in air improvement.

The undertaking is believed to be an offshoot of an initiative taken in year 2014 for addressing air pollution in collaborating with Beijing’s municipal government. Moreover, IBM reports to examine a computerized technology that could detect pollution patterns prior 72 hours along with pollution trends as many as 10 days into the future.Some Chinese local companies in northern cities of Baoding, Zhangjiakou, and in the Xinjiang region, are also believed to take part in IBM’s plan execution.

Upon a query laid forward on studying computer design,associate director of IBM’s China research unit, Dong Jin, stated:

“IBM’s model is able to estimate where pollution is coming from, where it will go and then analyze possible government responses. The systems apply IBM’s cognitive computing, which is capable of taking unstructured data, understand it, learn from mistakes and offer improvements.”

The data is then accessed from air monitoring stations, meteorological and environmental satellites, emissions, land use, traffic patterns, social media and the macro-economy.

Apart from this, in modeling air pollution trends and for spreading awareness for safety measures during such a situation, IBM will be aiding the city of Johannesburg and South Africa’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

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