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Rio's New Citywide Control Room

IBM is partnering with the city of Rio de Janeiro to build a massive "citywide control room" to monitor and respond to emergencies.
December 28, 2010, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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Fast Company's Greg Lindsay looks at the project and what it will bring to the city.

"While the system will initially focus on predicting the kinds of mudslides and floods that killed hundreds last April and left 15,000 homeless, it's designed, ultimately, to monitor and respond to any type of emergency--just in time for the city to host both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

The deal is IBM's most ambitious smarter city project to date; previous efforts have tended to be single-purpose programs in developed cities, such as a congestion pricing scheme for London or water management in Dubuque. But Rio is a different situation--a bona fide megacity in one of the world's fastest growing economies, in the midst of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure upgrade ahead of the World Cup."

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Published on Monday, December 27, 2010 in Fast Company
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