Rio de Janeiro Proves A City Can Be Beautiful And Intelligent

On a recent visit to Rio’s Center of Operations I stood in front of the largest screen in Latin America watching traffic hotspots and roadworks on 80 monitors fed by cameras, sensors, mobile devices and other systems scattered around the city.

This massive connection of devices, data and things displayed around the clock on a giant video wall brings the Internet of Things to life in a way I’ve never seen before.

The center integrates data from over 30 municipal, national and other public sector organizations to provide a real-time picture of traffic, weather and environmental  conditions, emergencies, events and anything else that can impact the day to day life of the city’s 7 million inhabitants.  Connected to the local meteorological institute and working hand in hand with the police, public services, radio and television stations, the center issues daily briefings and can immediately inform citizens about natural disasters, power outages, unusual occurrences or mega happenings such as Carnival or sports events. Even more important, this intelligence enables faster decision making during moments of crisis and can help save lives.

But it’s not just a one-way street! Citizens can get information and provide feedback about what’s working and what’s not. Apart from the center’s sheer size and technological sophistication, one of the key differentiators about Rio is the way citizens are integrated in the city’s operations through social media. Citizens are encouraged to access the Citizen’s Portal of the City of Rio and take an active role in operations via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Source: Forbes.com: Business News