Ericsson wins smart city integration deal with Vivo

Sweden’s Ericsson has won a contract from Brazilian operator Vivo that will see the vendor manage the deployment of smart parking and lighting solutions as part of Vivo’s digital city project in São Paolo. Ericsson will partner with specialist providers as the project’s lead systems integrator and will assume responsibility for design, installation and deployment as well as post-deployment managed services, operations and maintenance.

The new lighting system will monitor the power consumption of each street light and switch them on and off accordingly, Ericsson said. Remote monitoring will also enable cost efficiencies for the municipal authorities. Meanwhile the parking solution will monitor available parking spaces in the city.

Antonio Carlos Valente, president of Spain’s Telefônica Group, which owns Vivo, said: “The digital city project in Águas de São Pedro is one of our most exciting initiatives in Brazil. We are happy to continue our close relationship with Ericsson around the globe to deliver this important project in Brazil.”

Eduardo Ricotta, Ericsson’s VP for Latin America said: “The explosive growth of cities and the rapid uptake of broadband are happening at the same time as the world faces economic and environmental challenges. To ensure that our cities become creative, connected and sustainable is a challenge but also a tremendous opportunity. The smart parking project is a fantastic example of one such opportunity and an example of what we can do in the future, especially at Águas de São Pedro, the first digital city in Brazil.”

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