Staying informed throughout the crisis via IBM Watson

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One of the major challenges of these extraordinary times is achieving a balance between limiting the infection’s spread while allowing people the freedom to move outside their homes.

As a response to this, IBM is offering free tools utilising trusted data to enable individuals to keep track of nearby reported cases using their smartphones or online services.

This data will be more localised than some other resources currently available, through accessing and analysing data from the World Health Organisation and multiple national and local authorities.

Running on the IBM public cloud, the tools use IBM Watson to provide trend visualisation, interactive mapping, news and information to ensuring an accurate and efficient tracking of the pandemic.

And additional details such as available public health information, patient education materials, locations of key healthcare clinics and testing centres, and more, are anticipated to be added as available.


Tracking localised cases via the Weather Channel

Offered through The Weather Channel app, the collated and efficiently analysed information will ensure that both people and businesses are provided with the very latest details drawn from various official sources.

Available global data includes confirmed cases, recoveries where available and more, and users can drill down to the country, region, and county level as needed to get further insights.

In addition, an interactive dashboard driven by IBM Watson and built on IBM Cognos Analytics is designed to help users such as data scientists, researchers, media organisations and more conduct a deeper filtering and analysis of regional data.

This aggregated data could potentially help in collecting insights while also demonstrating how cases are trending over time.

The general ideas, says Cameron Clayton, general manager of IBM’s The Weather Company, is to ‘make the invisible visible’, by leveraging the most trusted data sources at a time of general confusion.


Removing uncertainly in uncertain times

“As the coronavirus causes uncertainty in our daily lives, we are all looking for data to help us make more informed decisions and check on our family and friends in different areas,” Cameron Clayton explains.

“With that in mind, we feel it’s critical to provide the most trusted information currently available to help people stay informed on the reach of COVID-19. The Weather Channel is now providing COVID-19 data – so you can see why social distancing matters in your community and why it’s important to heed instructions from your local, state and national resources.”


IBM Watson: the smarter way to conduct business

IBM Watson has the versatility to be used in a growing number of ways, enabling businesses like yours and your clients’ to deploy smarter AI wherever it’s needed.

The IBM Watson IoT Platform is a market leading, cloud-hosted service designed for clients who are looking to integrate and derive insights from data stored on an unprecedented number of connected devices.

A cloud-hosted service deriving value from your IoT devices, it not only securely captures and ingests all the data available on multiple devices, but also transforms all that data into meaningful observations, leading to better informed decision-making and optimised processes.

What’s more, as it’s based on IBM Cloud, your clients’ enterprises can scale and adapt quickly to changing business needs without compromising security, privacy or risk levels.

IBM Watson Assistant, an out-of-the-box chat interface, enables an optimised customer self-service, reducing costs and customer wait times.

The smarter AI assistant for business, IBM Watson Assistant includes years of AI and customer service expertise, ensuring every interaction is enjoyable as it provides fast, straightforward and accurate answers to customers’ questions, across any application, device or channel.


Trial IBM Watson for free

Would you like to see what IBM Watson can do for you and your clients – and for free too?

Then access your IBM Watson IoT Platform free trial here, along with a 1-year free trial of IBM Watson Assistant.

We’ve also provided a series of informative articles on rising to the challenges we’re facing together in these uncertain times.

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