With the constant news of large companies packing up and heading for cheaper, often foreign pastures, it's great to hear that IBM has no plans of leaving the city of Poughkeepsie, NY. Especially after debuting a new piece of technology that they say will revolutionize the way consumers shop and pay with their credit cards. The coolest part? It was designed right here in the Hudson Valley.

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IBM Servers in Poughkeepsie, NY

The company is very excited to introduce the z16 mainframe. I don't know why that sounds like a part for a pickup truck to me, but the reality is much cooler: it's a technology that handles electronic credit card transactions that could massively cut down the opportunities for fraudulent purchases. From IBM Z manager Ross Mauri:

No one has applied AI the way we have in this system... We put the [artificial intelligence] accelerator right onto the microprocessor.

Essentially, the mainframe can use artificial intelligence to detect fraudulent activity, with the goal of saving customers from having to review and dispute charges themselves. Not only has the technology been developed in Poughkeepsie, but they're also being built here too.


IBM Manufacturing in Poughkeepsie, NY

Production is set to begin soon, with orders set to be fulfilled starting at the end of May. The additional good news on top of the technology development is that it looks like IBM has no plans to pick up and move their business either. Said Mauri: "It's our people and innovators that are really the key and a lot of them live here in the Hudson Valley and in Poughkeepsie, and I don't think that's going anywhere".

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