Urban Command and Control Centers (UCCC) in cities

In this article we propose to investigate the Urban Command and Control Centers (UCCC), new tools for urban management accepted in infocommunication technologies. We start with the conceptualization of what UCCC would be and then analyze some of their impacts on cities, such as the creation of urban operating systems (OS), predictive analyzes on urban plans and the incident of smartsurveillances of urban actors – three aspects that depend on the data collected by infocommunication technologies (such as sensors, technological hardware, applications, software for collecting, storing, processing and analyzing data, etc.) installed in the UCCCs. Our conclusion is that the Urban Command and Control Centers can contribute to amplify the notion of the network-State, and produce new flags of control over spaces and urban bodies.

Keywords: Urban Command and Control Centers, Urban Operating Systems, Infocommunication Technologies, Smartsurveillances, Cyberculture.

Waze and Urban Command and Control Centers: cases studies in Brazil

New digital and collaborative infocommunication technologies can be seen in the hands of citizens as well as organs and governments. The Waze smartphone app is one such case. Based on data and mining locative information on traffic, in real time, it quickly gained spaces among citizens to bypass urban problems. And also the Urban Command and Control Centers (UCCCs), which aim to have access to the data produced collaboratively by the users of the app. Based on this, this research aims to understand how Waze works and associations with UCCCs. Interviews with those responsible for Centers that have a partnership with Waze in Brazil (in the cities of Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Petrópolis-RJ, Vitória-ES and Juiz de Fora-MG), or use it unofficially (in Salvador-BA) were done in order to raise appropriations and understanding about the use of the app and its data by UCCCs. The application, important for users to overcome urban problems, has proved useful to Centers (lending their infocommunication skills) to connect with citizens and to be able to observe, treat and solve problems in different urban layers.
Key-words: Waze. Infocommunication Technologies. Urban Command and Control
Centers. Connected Citizens Program. Traffic.

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