IBM to Expand Software Lab in Markham, York Region, to Support New R&D Projects

Posted on April 10, 2012

IBM, the Governments of Canada and Ontario, and a consortium of seven universities announced they are collaborating to establish a new $210 million virtual R&D Centre in Ontario. The new Centre will use state-of-the-art computer infrastructure to drive innovative discoveries in key areas and bring them to market. The research projects will be supported among others by an expansion of IBM’s software development lab in Markham, York Region, the company’s largest outside the U.S.

Research at IBM Canada’s new centre will focus on:

  • Data management for health care, such as technology that can help doctors detect life threatening conditions in premature babies 24 hours earlier
  • Water conservation and management, such as reducing pollution in water systems by monitoring sewer systems and spotting problems in a pipeline before a leak
  • Energy management, such as finding better ways to track how hydro flows, reducing waste and saving customers money, and
  • Rapid urbanization and aging infrastructure in our cities, such as managing traffic lights to improve traffic flow.