Rio de Janeiro’s “Mission Control”
I’ve been extremely blessed to have traveled to many wonderful cities around the world during my tenure with IBM.
If you forced me to choose a favorite…well, it wouldn’t be an easy decision. Far from it.
But near the top of the list would have to be a city that left me absolutely breathless, literally and figuratively, and that’s the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Forget the wonderful caiprinhas cocktails and the breathtaking views — I remember once, on my first visit in 1999, I had to do a presentation in the IBM building there, and they had to close the drapes, the view of the Christ statue in the background so incredibly stunning that I couldn’t focus!
But it’s the people that make the place. And the people of Rio are very special.
And if it’s the people who make the place, it’s also the people who make it run.
And making it run they are, the people of Rio de Janeiro, with a little from our team at IBM.
The New York Times takes an in-depth look this weekend at how Rio’s becoming one of IBM’s hallmark “smarter cities,” as they prepare to host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
And fellow IBM blogger and buddy of mine Steve Hamm goes even deeper, explaining how the torrential rains in Rio during April 2010 that killed more than 70 residents made mayor Eduardo Paes vow that such horror would not occur on his watch again.
This story provides an excellent case study as to the type of smarter building, city, and infrastructure management that we’ll be hearing discussed at this week’s IBM Pulse 2012 conference in Las Vegas!
Check out the video below to learn more about Rio’s smarter city operation.