The idea of the project "Transport Information Innovation in Megacity Rio de Janeiro" (TIME-RIO) has been to investigate existing information in the public transport system of Rio de Janeiro, to make contact with important Brazilian actors, and to propose how to implement information services for public transport travellers - and thereby support Rio de Janeiro towards its goal to become a more modern city.
The purpose of the project has been to initiate an international cooperation for eco-innovations within the area of transport information in Rio de Janeiro. The project addresses sustainable development of urban public transports as well as information and communication technology leading to reduced environmental impact in "megacities". The number of travellers using high-capacity public transport in Rio de Janeiro is expected to increase and that will put high demands on information, easy-to-use and innovative mobile services, as well as rapid implementation of these.
After observations and take-aways from a visit to Rio de Janeiro and meetings with Brazilian actors, Viktoria Swedish ICT proposes a two-step process for further collaboration and delivering tangible results for the people and city of Rio de Janeiro: First, lay the foundation for transport information innovation by setting up a developer portal and making public transport data available for external developers based on experiences gained from Sweden. Second, establish a Brazilian-Swedish consortium to scale up the implementation of information services and increase the positive impact for travellers and businesses in Rio de Janeiro.
The TIME-RIO project has been initiated and financed by Viktoria Swedish ICT and performed together with its partner Fourth Sector System. The project is supported by the Special Municipal Secretariat of Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro.