It seeks to foster links between local authorities in both countries and encourage the two-way flow of knowledge and innovation about common urban challenges, such as traffic congestion, overcrowding and road safety.
More than 85% of the Brazilian population lives in cities. The new report outlines key challenges facing Belo Horizonte and other Brazilian cities more widely, along with case studies highlighting successful examples of UK innovation that could help tackle them.
A team of technologists, ethnographers, data scientist, urbanists and anthropologists at Future Cities Catapult are looking at why ideas such as smart road junctions, environmental sensor technology and open data have been successful in the UK and how their benefits might be translated to Brazilian cities.
The project is being supported by the Prosperity Fund of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, an annual fund which supports cooperation projects overseas.
Scott Cain, chief business officer of Future Cities Catapult, said “Future Cities Catapult sits within a rich ecosystem of companies working on the products and services that make cities better. The UK is the place to come for urban innovation and this report highlights an exciting opportunity for UK SME’s to take advantage of the fast growing Brazilian market for urban solutions.”
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