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Rio de Janeiro, More than Just a Pretty Face

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Rio de Janeiro

Be honest, when you think of Rio de Janeiro, you think of Carnival, tanned bodies, drinking and incredible beaches. However, there's an intelligence to Rio that you may have never even realized existed and is well worth checking out, especially for those of you interested in technology.

Ever since my first visit to Rio years ago when I used to jog along Leblon admiring the view, I’ve been struck by the legendary beauty of this beachfront city. Now, it’s the city’s new intelligence that takes my breath away. 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.


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