Published On: April 4, 2016

Brazil’s First Smart City

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Three Israeli companies won an international competition to help create a new Smart City in Brazil. The announcement was made by the Brazilian Israelite Confederation.

In most cases, Smart technology is adapted to existing cities, but Brazil has decided to try a different approach and build a completely new city designed to be a Smart City.

The three Israeli companies that won the competition are all startups, and they will have the challenge to develop high-tech solutions in security, landscaping, and engineering for a future city called Croatá Laguna Ecopark, which will be built in the northeastern municipality of São Gonçalo do Amarante in Rio Grande do Norte.

The goal of the new Brazilian city will be to house 20,000 residents of low socio-economic status. A Smart City is defined as an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. A city’s assets include local information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services.


A rendering of planned Smart City in São Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Croatá Laguna Ecopark via JTA)

Once finished, the Smart City will cover an area of 330 hectares and will have about 21,000 inhabitants in 6,000 homes and almost 6,800 lots, including crafts and industrial settlements. The cost of a home of slightly more than 50 square meters is expected to be about 100 thousand reais.

Twelve Israeli tech firms participated in the 3C Smart Cities Challenge held in Tel Aviv with cooperation from the Brazilian government; Italian group Planet Idea; the Tel Aviv University center for entrepreneurship, Startau, and the Israeli innovation center from global security conglomerate Tyco.

“Israel has positioned itself in recent years as a hub for Smart City technologies, so it is natural we would take part in this unique project, which has significant impact for proving the feasibility of the technology and the vision,” Tyco Vice President Ofir Bar Levav told the Israeli business news service Globes.

The three winners of the competition were Magos, which makes available for the first time high-resolution, compact security solutions with low energy consumption and a simple installation at affordable rates to civilian clients. The second winner was GreenIQ, which develops solutions for smart management of green spaces, offering up to 50 percent savings in water consumption. And the third winner was Pixtier, which develops an engineering system to build and plan Smart Cities.

Planet Idea operations director Gianni Savio said Smart Cities are urban spaces ”in which the smartest and most economically sustainable technologies are designed and integrated,” and are also focused on social housing, “and therefore targeting low-income levels, showing that the economical nature of a construction does not rule out its being of high quality.”

[This article comes from the website Start-Up Israel.]



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  1. Evandro says:

    Nice to see a project like that being run in Brazil..

  2. Ron Beam says:

    There are probably many young Brasileiros just waiting for the opportunity to design spaces such as proposed here. Why does the government of Brasil seemingly always look outside its own borders for ideas? At the very least, this should be a joint venture.

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