Digital Transformations Making a Smart Move in Brazil
The increasing demand of people for a much better public services is one of the effects of the 4th industrial revolution and its impacts on the innovation of cities. Being aware of and prepared to meet this requirement is the contrasting that is expected of the new general managers who must be the combatant to assure the digital alteration of cities.
For the first time in history, half of the world’s population is living in urban areas and accounts for 80% of worldwide GDP, which carries new challenges. Some places face a quick rate of urbanization and this, according to the UN, will make 70% of the global population residing in the cities by 2050. These days, more than 75% of population of Brazil lives in urban areas. Details about the extinction of urban infrastructure, the increasing expectations of the residents, the challenges of modernizing and developing city management, and the growing pressure for extreme severity, cities surely need to learn to do more with less.
Although, even in this tough scenario, there are various opportunities that help places in connecting people and information: just take benefit of future as well as present technologies and make government data obtainable and usable in real time. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide production of smart devices (tablets, PCs and smartphones) is expected to surpass 1.9 billion units by the year 2018, with around 1.1 billion going to developing markets. This trend gives an opportunity to connect formerly independent data sets to real-time apps available to businesses, government leaders and citizens.
A good example is the exhibition of the rotational parking systems in the city of São Paulo, the well-known Zona Azul. As you are aware, parking the vehicle on the streets of the city is a tricky task. Large number of vehicles moving and restricted areas for use are some of the difficulties faced by the drivers in the daily debate for a space. And when he meets, sometimes the person is without the Blue Zone card, that allows him to park the vehicle at a particular space for a particular amount of time.
The better news is that Zona Azul is in the full functioning, running on the Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure. The utilization of cloud has been the choice of the city of Sao Paulo to meet the need of fast implementation.
Contrary to the role, the driver presently has four app options to install on his smartphone, and through any of them, he can buy and activate the Digital Blue Card with the need to leave the car. And if you want to use the parking space for some more time, you can get more credits without moving your vehicle. Another benefit is that Microsoft cloud holds up peaks of access without affecting app performance.
This is one of the easiest examples that can advance the practice and signify a high degree of innovation. Any place that wants to get the benefits of this technology can install it and take the advantages quickly. The influence of this on the citizen is huge and the approach of innovation for the management renders into satisfaction of the citizens.
In the public security area, amid the technologies used is the Domain Awareness System (DAS). This solution was introduced in New York that uses high technology, such as cloud computing, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence with video analytics, through other resources to help fight crime. The application of crime prevention video and imagery is still a current solution, but it has a powerful demand for development and capability for impact. In the world there are about 300 million adjoined security cameras. As it works in the Azure cloud, the analytic video solution is extremely expandable and can be installed on any number of cameras. In Brazil, the Domain Awareness System is the part of Detecta project of the São Paulo state government.
Another instance of success in the utilization of technology other than Zona Azul digital comes from the state of Goiás, via State Department of Education, which has faced a problem in displaying and handling data in a fast, practical and secure way, providing related information to managers, varying from Directors of school blocks, cultural and sports coordinators to supervisors, through the Governors and Secretaries.
The solution was the evolution of Goias 360 with the aid of Power BI, which is a large chain of apps whose prime focus is to provide information effectively for prudent government decisions related to sport, education and culture. Data like students absences and grades, statistical indicators, classes with few and surplus students, good teaching practices are offered.
Enhancing he Goias 360 system, Office 365 has been combined into the gateway to allow the user to operate data, spreadsheets and reports. The conveyance of the state network’s professionals has become free-flowing and, the information, more available creating greater excellence to the whole system.
These public services such as Goias 360, Zona Azul Digital, DAS is creating a huge impact on the day to day lives of the people and the development of the cities. Above all, these solutions are helping to improve communication and productivity among several government organizations, which is eventually going to impact the people, for sure.