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News | May 2016

Vodafone Portugal and Rock in Rio-Lisbon today unveil the Vodafone Smart Cities project. A set of innovative technological solutions at the Cidade do Rock (Rock City) - the first of its kind. This initiative allows Vodafone and Rock in Rio-Lisbon to transform the Bela Vista Park into the world's first “Smart Rock City”.


Smart Cities represent a new paradigm using technology to bring a more connected experience to urban populations. This event will allow the more than 60,000 daily visitors to experience life in a smart city. It will also help reduce the festival’s carbon footprint and increase its economic competitiveness.

The Vodafone Smart Cities project involves the adoption of a set of IoT solutions based on M2M (Machine-to-Machine) technology, a field where Vodafone is a world leader. The solutions enable the real-time monitoring of areas critical to the functioning of the festival:

  • Smart Energy:monitors key energy consumption of the event, such as alarms and lighting.
  • Smart Water:Prevents unforeseen problems in the water supply, as sensors check water tanks in real time.
  • Smart Toilets:Check the occupation rate of WCs and transmits this information to the public.
  • Smart Waste:Optimization of sewage treatment allows more efficient waste management.
  • Smart Air:Sensors track the evolution of the environmental conditions.

All these solutions share Vodafone’s Centralised Technical Management (GTC) system. Designed in partnership with the Portuguese company SSA Dynamics, and installed in the Rock in Rio-Lisbon Operational Control Centre. The GTC centralises and shows all information collected, and then issues warnings to prevent any unwanted incidents.

A Smart Partnership

Vodafone’s heavy emphasis on technology and innovation has led to the development of several intelligent and efficient management solutions, making the Company an active player in the construction of the cities of the future. Proof of this is the world’s best Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications supplier award, recently attributed by the independent Mason study.

João Mendes Dias, Director Vodafone Portugal says “our main goal is to continue to develop solutions for Smart Cities, collaborating with Government, Local Authorities, Universities and Industry to take advantage of opportunities to optimise the resources available, thus contributing to improving the citizens’ quality of life.”

More than a music event, Rock in Rio-Lisbon strives to be a responsible and sustainable event. Committed to raising people’s awareness the small everyday gestures that can pave the way to a better world.

As well as being the Main Sponsor of the event and lending its name to one of the stages, Vodafone is the technological partner of the festival. The operator has accumulated 12 years of experience at Rock in Rio-Lisbon, as it has been at the Bela Vista Park since the event was first held.

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