March 4, 2014
Global Travel Industry News, 4/4/2014
In the run up to the FIFA World Cup™ this year, and the Olympics in 2016, SITA is working with the Comissão de Implantação do Sistema de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (CISCEA) in its drive to upgrade Brazil’s air traffic management technology. CISCEA is the body responsible for developing and implementing new technologies for DECEA, the Brazilian Air Navigation Service Provider.
SITA, the world’s leading provider of air traffic management communications and IT solutions, already provides Departure Clearance (DCL) and Digital-Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) datalink services at both Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo’s GRU Airport. These solutions will now be extended to 23 airports across Brazil.
Major Brigadier Carlos Vuyk de Aquino, President of CISCEA, said: “Brazil has the busiest airspace in South America and we are very proud to be hosting two of the world’s biggest sporting events. We want everyone flying to, from and within Brazil to have smooth and uneventful journeys. It is therefore essential that our air traffic managers have access to the very best technology available.
February 24, 2014
Robin Emmott – Reuters, 2/24/2014
Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil’s reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia.
At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the $185 million cable project was central to “guarantee the neutrality” of the Internet, signaling her desire to shield Brazil’s Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.
“We have to respect privacy, human rights and the sovereignty of nations. We don’t want businesses to be spied upon,” Rousseff told a joint news conference with the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.
February 10, 2014
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 2/8/2014
Anyone doubting Rio de Janeiro’s techward shift need only look at the famous pavement mosaics that mark the promenade along Copacabana beach. The black and white patterns have traditionally resembled the waves across which early settlers and modern tourists travelled. Last year, however, that antique, analogue design has been partly reconfigured to reflect a digital future with the addition of tiled QR codes for smartphones.
The pavement symbols link to online maps and tourist websites. That should be useful to the throngs of visitors expected in this resort during this year’sWorld Cup and the 2016 Olympics, but the significance goes far beyond the mega sporting events.
The tiled codes are a small part of an attempted makeover of party-town Rio into a Latin-American technology hub. Driven by multinational tech companies, local startups and city universities, the mayor, Eduardo Paes, is trying to shape a future for this resort that is as much about being smart as having fun. This is partly an attempt to ride a nationwide trend. Brazil – which is vying with France and Britain to be the world’s fifth biggest economy – is belatedly embracing wireless technology and social networks. Thanks to a surge in recent years, there are now more mobile phones (268.4m) in this country than people. Tablet sales have jumped from 220,000 at the beginning of 2012 to more than 5m today. And Facebook use has increased to the point where Brazil is now second only to the US in terms of the number of users.
February 10, 2014
Anthony Boadle – Reuters, 2/10/2014
In 2006, then President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, a native of Brazil’s historically drought-plagued northeast, pushed through an idea that long-suffering residents of the region had been hearing about for more than a century.
At last, he promised, Brazil would channel water to the sun-baked region from the São Francisco, the country’s second-longest river. By 2010, he said, water would be pumped over hills and into a 477 kilometer-long network of canals, aqueducts and reservoirs to quench thirsty cities and farms in four states.
Eight years later, and near the end of a first term for Lula’s hand-picked successor as president, Dilma Rousseff, the project is only half built. Delayed by bureaucracy and contract problems, the cost of the government’s single biggest infrastructure venture has almost doubled to 8.2 billion reais ($3.4 billion).
February 6, 2014
The Economist, 2/5/2014
ON FEBRUARY 4th your correspondent experienced a power outage which left him stranded in a metro tunnel beneath São Paulo. It appears he was not the only one: 6m people in 11 of Brazil’s 27 states suffered blackouts late in the day after a transmission line between the states of Tocantins and Goiás failed. Operation was restored 38 minutes later but some areas were left without electricity for two hours.
The cause of the outage is unclear. The head of the national-grid operator, Hermes Chipp, ruled out the spike in electricity use in the past weeks as Brazilians fired up air-conditioners to help them cope with the hottest summer since records began in 1946. Inconveniently for President Dilma Rousseff the power cut came on the same day as a government publicity campaign to reassure citizens that Brazil is not facing an electricity crunch.
Specialists have long warned that supply of energy has not kept pace with surging demand. They predict that the risk of electricity shortages this year now tops 20%, well about the 5% the government deems acceptable.
February 6, 2014
Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 2/6/2014
At 5am every day, Paula Elaine Cardoso begins her long commute from the poor periphery of Rio de Janeiro to her care worker’s job in the upmarket resort of Copacabana.
After a walk to the bus stop, she has to wait about 40 minutes to get a seat, then – provided there is no breakdown or accident – she has a nearly two-hour ride in the traffic, usually without air conditioning and often in temperatures over 30C. Hot and tired by the time she reaches the subway station, she must then line up again for another jam-packed journey to her destination.
Most days, she gets in shortly before 9am, the 22 miles having taken close to three hours. It is the same story in the evening. By the time she gets home, usually long after dark, Cardoso has spent almost a quarter of her day, and a sizeable share of her income, on public transport.
February 5, 2014
Caroline Stauffer & Alonso Soto – Reuters, 2/4/2014
Brazil’s stalled port terminal auctions will weather legal challenges this year and draw about $7 billion in private investment to ease the flow of record grain exports through clogged docks, the country’s ports minister told Reuters.
Objections from the federal audit court, or TCU, delayed President Dilma Rousseff’s plan to start leasing public port terminals to private companies last year and some operators threaten additional lawsuits over existing concessions.
Still, Rousseff’s team has incorporated all but four of the 19 conditions the TCU imposed and expects the remaining technical disagreements will be resolved in time to lease 159 terminals this year, said Ports Minister Antonio Henrique Silveira, an economist who took on the job in October.
February 5, 2014
Paulo Winterstein & Loretta Chao – The Wall Street Journal, 2/2/2014
Among the worries piling up over Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup soccer tournament in June is a new one: air transportation.
Air industry executives say there is a growing risk that Brazil’s airports and airlines aren’t up to the task of smoothly moving hundreds of thousands of people to the 12 World Cup host cities across a country as big as the continental U.S.
“Anyone who tells you we’re not going to have any problems is lying,” said José Efromovich, CEO of airline Avianca PFAVH.BO 0.00% Brasil. When Brazil plays Mexico in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, for example, he said an estimated 100 planes will have to fly in and out of the city the same day. “You don’t have room at the airport for even half of those planes.”
February 4, 2014
Gerald Jeffris – The Wall Street Journal, 2/3/2014
Brazil’s economy has weathered recent global turbulence well and remains an attractive destination for foreign investment, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Monday in a message to the country’s Congress at the opening of the 2014 legislative session.
In the message, which was read to lawmakers by Senate steering committee member João Vicente Claudino, the president said Brazil would continue to maintain a stable economy and serve as a safe destination for foreign capital.
“Brazil is and will continue to be one of the most attractive markets for foreign investors,” she said.
January 28, 2014
Angelica Mari – Brazil Tech, 1/28/2014
The largest technology event in Brazil has opened its doors for the general public today and will focus heavily on entrepreneurship and new business development.
Tickets for the seventh edition of Campus Party are sold out. Some 8,000 young techies will be camping in a space within the convention center in São Paulo where the week-long festival is taking place. In addition, about 160,000 visitors are expected to attend the event until Sunday (2).
When announcing this year’s agenda for the festival and the departure from the previous focus on “nerd” subjects towards start-ups, Campus Party founder Paco Ragageles said this year’s event would be a “Disneyland for entrepreneurs”