Photo of the Week: Nerve Center of the City
Rio de Janeiro's operations center keeps officials on top of public safety, disaster response and other issues.
This operations center in Rio de Janeiro integrates more than 20 local departments to improve public safety and incident response across the city. The center — built by IBM and opened in late 2010 — consolidates data from various urban systems to provide real-time visualization, monitoring and analysis. The system was designed initially for forecasting floods and related incidents, but it is extensible to any event occurring in the city, enabling leaders to make decisions in emergency situations based on real-time information.