How data is renewing and reshaping Rio de Janeiro


How data is renewing and reshaping Rio de Janeiro

An amazing report produced by Harriet Loos for the Centre for Public Impact, regarding the PENSA Team. According to the researchers, “Rio is taking it to the next level”!

In this report, Harriet shows how Rio are using data from public and private partners to design public policy and to tackle Rio’s top issues.

Standing with Pablo Cerdeira, Rio’s first chief data officer, we have arguably the best view of the city. We’re not up on Christ the Redeemer or Sugarloaf Mountain, but inside Rio’s three-storey Operations Centre, looking down over its mission control. The whole city is represented in front of us in multiple dimensions on a huge wall of screens – live video footage combined with traffic data, weather predictions, and maps of current incidents including floods, accidents, and power failures.

Much has been written about Rio’s use of real-time data to provide coordinated emergency response. But we’re here to ask Cerdeira about another, more proactive use of this data, championed by his organisation PENSA.


The report is available here:

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