Type 1: Commercial partnership

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Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge

Relevant urban sustainability topic

sustainability strategy (strategy development at city level, urban planning,…)

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Brief project summary

During three weeks in May and June, a team of six IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on the transportation challenges identified by Mayor Arturas Zuokas and his senior leadership team.

Short activity description

The City of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is challenged by traffic congestion, which has a negative impact on the environment, productivity, and quality of life. Vilnius has already made significant investments in upgrading its road and public transit infrastructure and diverting traffic from sensitive UNESCO historical heritage sites, but lacks experience in integrating its transportation management activities. Mayor Arturas Zuokas asked IBM to help Vilnius use data and analytics to streamline traffic management and improve the effectiveness of public transit options.

What are the main lessons learned during implementation?

The City of Vilnius has a proactive, motivated and innovative team in place, determined to leverage technology in a phased approach to increase residents’ quality of life, productivity and the City’s economic growth. The City has plans to continue implementing individual projects but doesn’t yet operate under a unified organizational design, strategy or process, which impedes efforts.


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