IBM has partnered with the UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to provide the department with its smarter buildings software and services in an attempt to reduce building costs and increase efficiency.
“The award of this contract to IBM represents a major milestone in transforming the Defence Infrastructure Organisation since it will allow us to work smarter in providing a Defence estate, which meets military needs and supports our Armed Forces,” said Andrew Manley, DIO Chief Executive.
“IBM analytics technology helps us continue our work in creating a world-class infrastructure to put DIO at the leading edge of the technology transformation process happening right now across the MoD.”
Buildings currently account for 45 percent of all carbon emissions in the UK and the country’s Ministry of Defence has responded by attempting to better utilise their resources, including their many real estate assets.
The Ministry of Defence is one of the UK’s largest landowners, covering some 900 square miles and around 45,000 buildings, 55,000 houses, and 135,000 “single living bedspaces.”
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DIO will use IBM technology and software to help meet the Ministry of Defence goals by replacing its outdated legacy IT equipment.
The IBM TRIRIGA solution provides an integrated approach to property management by combining software and consultancy services that will give DIO visibility of all its assets from a central location, and data on how efficiently their assets are being used.
“Having the right data at the right time is essential for DIO,” said Dave Bartlett, vice president, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, IBM. “IBM’s analytics and smarter buildings software will help provide a new level of intelligence to how the MoD is managing its global real estate portfolio.”