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[December 05, 2012]

Nuremberg City Council selects IBM's predictive analytics software

Dec 05, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- IBM and The Office for Urban Research and Statistics for Nuremberg and Furth have announced that it will use predictive analytics software from IBM to examine and derive intelligence from public data to simplify and improve decision-making for municipal administrators.


The IBM software delivers analytic techniques that help municipalities find new insights in data that enable accurate predictions. The Office for Urban Research and Statistics of Nuremberg and Furth provides statistics and conducts analyses that are vital for the future development of the German cities of Nuremberg and Furth.

Through analyses, projections, and surveys the organization's urban research provides important decision making information to the community and its leaders. The statistical analyses conducted by the office support urban development topics such as integration, education, sustainability and demographic changes to the city.

IBM's software makes it possible to create an accurate data set for decision-making from the city's available records. The software monitors important indicators, going far beyond the possibilities of traditional spreadsheet software, to help the city identify weak points and develop recommendations for further action and resolution.

The Office for Urban Research and Statistics organizes data obtained from regional and municipal statistics, analyzes and enriches that data, and then makes it available to other users. The office is also able to extract existing information contained in administrative registers for further research and analysis.

"The success of urban development planning depends on the availability and interpretation of reliable information," said Michael Dixon, PhD, general manager, IBM Smarter Cities.

"Using IBM's predictive analytics capabilities, municipalities are able to continually evaluate and effectively assess population data to identify ways to manage public services more efficiently to positively influence quality of life for citizens and better prepare for future growth." IBM SPSS Statistics provides the office with possibilities for processing and evaluating data of any kind. The software enables the office to integrate, aggregate, and analyze data stored in almost any format via a host of manufacturer-independent interfaces. The processed data records can also be output in a very flexible way and closely adapted to clients' needs for further processing.

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