Big data key to preparing Rio for the FIFA World Cup

The countdown to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil has begun. As fans around the world get pumped up for the event, Rio de Janeiro’s Operations Centre works intensively with government agencies to ensure public services will run as smoothly as possible.

CIO Australia speaks with the chief executive of Rio’s Operations Centre, Pedro Junqueira, about how the team works with data during the World Cup.

Real time data is crucial to the management of Rio de Janeiro, and as a host city of the World Cup, it will be even more so.

“With the World Cup, an international event, if something bad happens, it’s almost like it’s multiplied by 10 just because of the risks involved in having more people concentrated in a specific area,” Junqueira says.

He says the amount of work involved in taking care of a city is like training for the World Cup or Olympics.

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