Chipzilla reckons urban population health is ripe for the Big Data treatment, and is setting up a lab in France to prove it.
Intel has announced it will work with Teratec Consortium in the project. The lab, located in a technology park home to 80 technology and industrial companies, will focus on initiatives including personalised health care, smart cities, with precision agriculture thrown in for good measure.
Since two-thirds of the world's population will be in cities by the middle of the century, Intel reckons using Big Data tools and techniques can improve their quality of life, while boosting other things like agriculture yields.
According to Intel, “the goals are lofty, the mission is clear, and the alternatives for not pursuing [big data] could be dire.”
In the past, efforts to solve the problem of more sustainable cities, food and water resources has been held back by the lack of access to high performance computing resources and Big Data know-how, Intel said, in a statement.
To help advance the mission to create more sustainable cities, Intel is contributing servers, networking and storage architecture, along with data analytics software from Intel and its collaborators, as well as the services and expertise of Big Data scientists.
Intel's canned statement is here. ®