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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.


Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.