Swedish-Brazilian cooperation for eco-innovations

19 September, 2013 - 09:14

A Swedish concept on how to use open data in the development of a sustainable public transportation will be tested in Rio de Janeiro. A “Memorandum of Understanding” (MoU) between Rio de Janeiro Operations Center and Swedish ICT states the ambition to establish a platform for innovation in the area of information technology and mobility.

A central idea is to use the concept and experience from the Swedish “Trafiklab”; a platform for open traffic data launched by Samtrafiken and Stockholm Public Transport with Viktoria Swedish ICT as the research partner.

-Information and communication technology is a key enabler for a sustainable development. And to share knowledge and expertise between countries is a must to create good results and new innovations says Hans Hentzell CEO at Swedish ICT.

The new cooperation is a result of the study: “Transport Information Innovation in Megacity Rio de Janeiro” (TIME-RIO); the aim was to initiate an international cooperation for eco-innovations within the area of transport information in Rio de Janeiro. The study addressed sustainable development of urban public transports as well as information and communication technology leading to reduced environmental impact in “megacities”.

- Our partners in Rio de Janeiro see a great interest in the Swedish innovation system and in Viktoria Swedish ICT's innovation experience on open data says José Luiz Barbosa, International Business Developer at Fourth Sector Systems that represents Viktoria Swedish ICT in Brazil

- We have great experience in using open data for innovation in the public transport area and how to enable a distributed development of traffic information services. There are many exciting opportunities that we are currently discussing with our partners in Rio de Janeiro says Dr. Martin Gustavsson, Senior Researcher at Viktoria Swedish ICT.

For more information contact:
Dr. Martin Gustavsson, Senior Researcher, Viktoria Swedish ICT
Email: martin.gustavsson [at] viktoria.se
Tel: +46 (0)73 505 0576

Per-Erik Holmberg, Business Development, Viktoria Swedish ICT
Email: per-erik.holmberg [at] swedishict.se
Tel.: +46 (0)70 266 58 51

Press contact:
Jenny Sperens, Director of Communication, Swedish ICT
Email: jenny.sperens [at] swedishict.se
Tel: +46 (0)73 443 10 07

About Swedish ICT
Swedish ICT is a group of world-class research institutes in the forefront of ICT research and development. Our role is to drive and enable innovation by turning research into new products, processes, methods and services. We do this in collaboration with academia, industry and society. We offer expertise that ranges from sensors and actuators, communication networks and data analytics to visualization, interaction design, service and business model development.
Swedish ICT is owned by the Swedish government through RISE (60%). The group has about 400 employees with a turnover of 444 MSEK (2012). Headquarter is located Kista (Stockholm, Sweden), with operations in major Swedish cities and regions: Eskilstuna, Gothenburg, Hudiksvall, Karlstad, Kista, Linköping, Lund, Norrköping, Piteå, Umeå, Uppsala and Västerås. The institutes within Swedish ICT are Acreo Swedish ICT, SICS Swedish ICT, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Viktoria Swedish ICT. www.swedishict.se

Viktoria Swedish ICT is focused on ICT-solutions for sustainable vehicles and transportation. Headquarter is in Gothenburg. www.viktoria.se

Swedish ICT has been active in Brazil since 2011. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Acreo Swedish ICT and SENAI, Brazil’s National Service for Industrial Apprenticeship (SENAI). In addition, Acreo Swedish ICT has also entered into a MoU with UFRGS, Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, to begin discussions concerning mutual networking, R&D and business development activities.

About Fourth Sector System
Fourth Sector System acts as a bridgehead to promote business in the area of mobile technology between Sweden and Brazil. Main focus is Rio de Janeiro. Fourth Sector System had an essential role in the project “Transport Information Innovation in Megacity Rio de Janeiro” and was responsible for the completion of the MoU between Rio de Janeiro Operation Center and Swedish ICT.

About Rio de Janeiro Operations Center
The Rio Operations Center is permanently monitoring the city and is always ready to act in emergency situations. With an integrated data system and 560 cameras, it is the headquarters for planning and coordination of all actions in times of crisis.