More efficient urban centers, lower operational costs, optimized use of natural resources and significantly improved quality of life. These are some of the main advantages that integrating and cross-referencing the data from a city’s different sectors, collected by means of sensor networks and aggregated in a remote operations center, is expected to bring to city officials, companies and people living in the so-called smart cities.
These gains will be readily perceived in the betterment of daily activities, in the gradual elimination of red tape in public services; in the intensification of community relations; in the acquisition and construction of knowledge; in the agility of online transactions (between people and corporations and between people and government); in new skills for the job market; and in overall social and economic development. Therefore, every level of public administration has been increasingly investing in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
After all, the number of benefits is on the upward trend, with the technological evolution and the possibility of connection via Internet with billions of devices and objects of the physical world, a concept known as Internet of Things (IoT). This is definitely a leap in terms of advantages and opportunities that will make cities much better places for living, working, having fun and investing in.
However, for such initiatives to be successful, it is essential to start out with the deployment of an adequate ICT network infrastructure. This will guarantee communication and the ability to access and exchange information between people, things, companies and public administrators.
CPqD is a strategic partner of public and private administrators and organizations. Their widely recognized expertise and impartiality are invaluable assets for acquiring, deploying and managing ICT infrastructure such as the deployment of optical/wireless communication networks, sensors and data management platforms; network element fault management, configuration, access control, planning, operation and supervision; environmental resources (energy and water) and waste management; more efficiency and increased computerization of the administrative processes of schools and bureaus; tax management for the public administration; providing services to tax payers; and many others.
CPqD R&D initiatives include developing technology that will contribute to revolutionize urban mobility as we know it as well as investigating optical and radio frequency sensor application, energy storage, geographic location of things and people, the rational use of natural resources and the efficient control of information security.