Rio to monitor social media ahead of Olympic Games

Feeds will be analyzed to support decision making and improvements in public safety

The city of Rio de Janeiro will be monitoring social media feeds to improve public safety ahead of the Olympic Games.

Some 44 sporting events that will be taking place before the Games will be analyzed with an application from Geofeedia which processes real-time social media content by location.

The information obtained with the real-time application is expected to help the city officials identify potential issues around safety, but also other aspects such as traffic.

The rollout of the system, which will be used at Rio's Operations Center, follows a trial whereby the application was employed to monitor patterns in the last New Year celebrations in the city.

Some 32 rain gauges equipped with fiber and 3G has introduced by the city administration were also included in the project by for example alerting users about possible issues such as flooding.