IBM launches Environmental Intelligence Suite

Big Blue said new suite would help organizations prepare for climate change problems

IBM building made from brick

IBM has unveiled its new Environmental Intelligence Suite, a collection of artificial intelligence (AI)-based software tools aimed at helping organizations prepare for and respond to weather and climate risks.

The suite, offered as a software as a service (SaaS) product, brings together AI, weather data, climate risk analytics, and carbon accounting capabilities. IBM said this would allow firms to spend fewer resources collecting such complex data and more on analyzing it for insights and taking action to improve their operations.

IBM said the suite delivers environmental insights via application programming interfaces (APIs), dashboards, maps, and alerts that can help companies address immediate operational challenges and longer-term planning and strategies. It also uses technologies from IBM Research, which apply natural language processing and automation designed to help companies estimate carbon emissions and identify opportunities to reduce them across their operations or with suppliers.

Among the examples IBM gave of the suite’s usefulness was the ability for companies to monitor disruptive environmental conditions, such as severe weather, wildfires, flooding, and air quality and send alerts when detected. The suite can also predict potential impacts of climate change and weather across the business using climate risk analytics.

Companies can also gain insights into potential operational disruptions and prioritize mitigation and response efforts. Other features measure and report on environmental initiatives while reducing this burden on procurement and operations teams.

Related Resource

Seven leading machine learning use cases

Seven ways machine learning solves business problems

Whitepaper front coverFree Download

For example, IBM environmental data and geospatial analytics are being used by Brazilian ethanol, bioelectricity, and sugar company BP Bunge Bioenergia. This data helps it better understand its agricultural sugarcane production and improve its market intelligence estimates regarding global sugar production. Agribusiness leader Cajamar also uses it to help Spanish farmers improve yields and reduce environmental impact via its digital Plataforma Tierra tool.

Kareem Yusuf, general manager of IBM AI Applications, said the future of business and the environment are deeply intertwined. “Not only are companies coping with the effects of extreme weather disruptions on their operations, they're also being held increasingly accountable by shareholders and regulators for how their operations impact the planet,” he said.

The suite integrates with IBM's broader software portfolio for additional efficiencies across business operations, including IBM Maximo Application Suite to help companies protect and extend critical assets’ life cycle and IBM Supply Chain Intelligence Suite to help build more sustainable supply chains.

Featured Resources

How virtual desktop infrastructure enables digital transformation

Challenges and benefits of VDI

Free download

The Okta digital trust index

Exploring the human edge of trust

Free download

Optimising workload placement in your hybrid cloud

Deliver increased IT agility with the cloud

Free Download

Modernise endpoint protection and leave your legacy challenges behind

The risk of keeping your legacy endpoint security tools

Download now

Recommended

WeSpire's new analytics tool helps clamp down on employee carbon emissions
business analytics

WeSpire's new analytics tool helps clamp down on employee carbon emissions

7 Jan 2022
DDN launches AI Innovation Lab in Singapore
artificial intelligence (AI)

DDN launches AI Innovation Lab in Singapore

11 Nov 2021
Qualcomm targets net zero emissions by 2040
Business operations

Qualcomm targets net zero emissions by 2040

1 Nov 2021
Vecow and Blaize partner on workstation-grade edge AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

Vecow and Blaize partner on workstation-grade edge AI

27 Sep 2021

Most Popular

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD
Microsoft Windows

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD

4 Jan 2022
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

6 Jan 2022
Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug
email delivery

Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug

4 Jan 2022