IBM helping to integrate security with IT

IT solutions provider IBM announced this month that it's helping companies build smarter facilities by constructing command centers that not only manage their IT and data assets, but also their security and other building functions.

IBM is working with systems integrator Johnson Controls as a part of this endeavor to help both optimize energy consumption and improve security, according to a statement issued by the company.

"Smarter buildings are key to the economic and environmental sustainability of urban environments," said Rich Lechner, vice president, energy and environment for IBM. "Real-time infrastructure data coupled with analytics can enable better economic decisions and environmental outcomes. Together with an array of partners, we are delivering this value to clients today."

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