IBM Takes "Smarter Cities" to Rio

 Over the weekend the New York Times ran a long piece on IBM's push into smart-city technology, focusing on Rio de Janeiro and Guru Banavar, the company's chief technology officer of the global public sector.

Consider Carnaval. The biggest challenges for the city are the street performances, which involve about 425 mobile samba bands performing over four weekends at 350 different sites, Mr. Osório said. Several million people attend. With the operations center in place, the city now coordinates planning across 18 different agencies. Together, those departments assign time slots to the street bands and map their routes, as well as plan for security, street cleaning, crowd control and other needs.

 The Journal's interview with Banavar wil appear in our spring/summer 2012 issue, "The Future of the City," to be released in late April.

 Read the New York Times article here