First-of-a-Kind Program (FOAK)
The IBM First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) program brings together IBM Researchers and clients to test new technologies on real business problems and growth opportunities. Since 1995, we have partnered with clients on more than 150 projects to help drive innovation into the marketplace, including finding ways of providing information for healthcare without compromising patient privacy, translating a real-time warning to troops in Iraq and driving down the cost of electricity by adding intelligence to power grids.
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Zero emissions data center
SuperMUC is a water cooled supercomputer that uses 40 percent less energy than a comparable air-cooled machine.
Augmented reality for retail
A new augmented reality mobile shopping app will give in-store shoppers instant product details and promotions through their mobile devices.
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City of Dubuque
By monitoring traffic patterns as well as water and power consumption, Dubuque, Iowa is improving sustainability and engaging its citizens.
A hospital in China is helping clinicians derive new insights from large volumes of patient data to study the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine, Western medicine or combinations of the two approaches.
A Canadian university working with a regional health care teaching facility is using analytics to track, forecast and simulate energy consumption patterns in buildings in order to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions
A large university is using analytics and forecasting tools to improve energy efficiency in city public schools, increase students’ awareness of sustainability issues and model a greener urban future