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TRANSPORT INFORMATION INNOVATION IN MEGACITY RIO DE JANEIRO (TIME-RIO)

Rio de Janeiro, with approximately 12 million people within the metropolitan area, is on its way towards its goal to be a modern high-technology city with an efficient transport system. In recent years, the system has been significantly improved for both the needs of everyday users in the city as well as the expected increase in temporary visitors that will come to Rio de Janeiro as the city is hosting events such as the World Youth Day 2013 organized by the Catholic Church, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. However, a lot of the available traffic data is not yet provided to everyday travellers and tourists through useful information services.

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.

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