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IBM selected to make Calgary schools “smarter”

IBM Canada Ltd. has been selected by the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) to implement a system to trac...


June 23, 2010  


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IBM Canada Ltd. has been selected by the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) to implement a system to track schools’ power usage and reduce energy and maintenance costs.

 

The company said in a release it is helping the district transform their schools into “smart” buildings that use new green technologies to save money and manage facilities and assets more efficiently.

 

The growing school district, which serves over 45,000 students in more than 100 schools, is responsible for tracking and maintaining 2,800 assets from small items like tools or keys all the way up to 600 portable classrooms that shift locations based on need.

 

“For the past 15 years, we have worked to make our schools more energy-efficient, whether it’s replacing lighting or properly maintaining equipment to ensure it operates at peak efficiency,” says Al Berting, the CCSD’s operations manager.

 

Using IBM work and asset management software, the school will streamline the service request process for all the district’s schools through a centralized system, integrate information from diverse systems to eliminate duplication, automatically assign work to staff and contractors, and improve cost transparency be integrating with financial systems, the two organizations said in a release.