CPqD is an independent institution focused on innovation through Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), aiming at contributing to Brazil's competitiveness and the digital inclusion of the Brazilian society. It develops the most extensive research and development program in ICT in Latin America, fully dedicated to the development of ICT solutions for telecommunication, finance, energy, and other industries, to both corporate and government sectors.
It is precisely due to its staff, which encompasses more than 1300 highly creative and skilled professionals dedicated to achieving high levels of quality, that CPqD has become a dynamic and integrated organization that is strategically positioned to add value to the market through technological intelligence. CPqD also plays a leading role in the development of ICT, besides being a strategic partner of the Government, and strengthens its position by providing a unique combination of skills and expertise:
• National ICT intelligence achieved through leading edge, impartial and independent work;
• In-sync with market trends and needs;
• Creation of technology-based companies;
• Product technology transfer to the industry;
• Value-added software provider;
• Multiplier effect in the ICT chain;
• Development of state-of-the-art technologies;
• Contributions to the digital inclusion of the Brazilian society;
• Support to the local government in promoting benefits to the society.
CPqD was created in 1976 to serve as a telecom research and development center for Telebrás, a Government-owned company which controlled the public telecom service providers in Brazil. Since its inception, the company has been on the technological forefront, in tune with the future and anticipating the needs of a fast paced and ever-changing society.
In 1998, as a result of the privatization process of Telebrás, CPqD became a private-law corporation, broadening the scope of activities and potential openings for new markets.
Digital switches, antennas, digital transmission systems, optical transmission equipment, fiber optics, laser semi-conductors, packet switching systems, inductive card pay phones, telex switching centers and complex business and operation support systems are among the technologies developed by CPqD. All these developments, combined with a deep knowledge of the market and the cultural, social, economical and historical aspects of the Brazilian society, have levered CPqD's unique innovative potential in all activities involving ICT.
Contribution to Society
The knowledge generated by CPqD reaches the market in the form of product technologies, software systems, technological services, consulting services, and ownership of intellectual capital in technology-based emerging companies.
All this creates new job opportunities, increases the competitiveness of customers and partners, encourages digital inclusion amongst society and produces wealth for the country.
CPqD portfolio includes all aspects that are involved in the nowadays events: broadband universalization in the telecom sector; smart grid in the electric power sector; future banking in the financial sector; digital cities in the public management sector. Blending with these day-to-day life aspects of society and corporations come mobility, communication and information security, and socio-environmental responsibility.
CPqD's R&D program, which is partially supported by government Science and Technology funds, focuses on activities towards future technological transitions, projects aimed at market needs and the use of technology to support public policies for digital inclusion.
The product technologies developed by CPqD are transferred to several companies, which are then responsible for their production and commercialization. All tied up within CPqD's Universe are unique and distinct organizations - developed as a direct or indirect effort of CPqD - disseminating innovative technologies and high value-added products and services. Padtec, Trópico, ClearTech, Instituto Atlântico, JÁ!, CPqD Technologies & Systems, Inc., SPAT, Civcom, WxBR and Zelox are all part of this Universe, whose core is the Brazilian technology created by CPqD.
The Operations and Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS) are CPqD's flagship software solutions, which have been successfully deployed in several organizations from different industries in Brazil and abroad. Considered as mission-critical systems, these solutions contribute to the reduction of losses, improvement of results, fraud prevention, improvement of customers' satisfaction and risk mitigation, resulting in higher efficiency and competitiveness for such organizations.
CPqD laboratories offer more than 750 accredited tests and technological services in different fields. Some examples are optical fiber cables and accessories, antennas, switching and terminals, radio systems, electromagnetic compatibility, mechanic characterization, electrical safety, SAR, RFID, batteries and colorimetry.
CPqD’s expertise ensures the delivery of quality consulting services in a variety of fields. Business strategies, regulation strategies, process reorganization, IT governance, infrastructure optimization, risk and opportunity analysis are some of the subjects explored.
CPqD is committed to the pursuit of excellence in customers' services by developing a deep understanding of the customer's business objectives, always striving to anticipate their needs and adding higher value to their business.
The solutions developed by CPqD are present in Brazil and in several Latin American countries, in the USA, Angola, Samoa and Europe, where CPqD has established strategic business alliances with local companies.