Oracle looks to World Cup, Olympic Games for smart cities project opportunities

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) is eyeing the major sporting events that Brazil will host - the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games - as an opportunity to enhance its smart cities project, mainly in the security segment, Oracle's manufacturing and distribution VP for Latin America, André Papaleo, told journalists during the Oracle Open World conference in São Paulo.

According to Papaleo, Oracle is currently partnering with Brazilian authorities to deploy solutions that integrate federal security systems with cities' infrastructure.

Oracle's smart cities approach encompasses three levels - the service delivery platform, intelligence platform, and IT infrastructure and integration platform.

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The goal is to share vital data such as a visitor's possible criminal records and passport information among all public authority levels. The management of such systems will remain in government's hands, although "Oracle has all the expertise to do so if needed," the executive said.

In addition to security solutions, Papaleo noted, as a demand tied to the mega events, that the company is already partnering with major Brazilian metropolises to implement other aspects of the smart cities platform, mainly those concerning traffic, tax information and a local 311 single non-emergency number (SNEN).

São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Recife are the main Brazilian cities Oracle is working with. But the executive said several other small cities have ongoing smart city projects, working directly with Oracle or through its partners.

Those cities' names will be disclosed shortly, the executive said.