Location: South America, Brazil, Paraná / Curitiba
Date project established: June 2010
Curitiba, Brazil’s seventh-largest city with a metro area population approaching 3.5 million,
has long been a leader in sustainable development and quality of life. Forbes magazine, citing
reports calling Curitiba one of the world’s “greenest” cities, says it is famous
for its rapid bus-based public transport – used by 70 percent of the population – and its
advanced economic development.
Ericsson has deployed an innovative transport solution based on 3G/WCDMA mobile broadband for URBS
who is responsible for the operation and supervision of Curitiba’s transportation and transit
systems. The system uses Ericsson’s F3607GW module, a fast mobile broadband module with reduced
power consumption and high-performance GPS. Ericsson mobile broadband modules unleash the true
potential of advanced HSPA mobile broadband technology. Vivo, the leading mobile operator in Brazil,
and Dataprom, an innovative Brazilian supplier of solutions for public transport, chose Ericsson as a
partner thanks to its track record for customer support and quick service, as well as its mobile
The new solutions, through electronic ticketing, opens up possibilities for new traveler services
that can help people plan their route and enable them to purchase tickets wherever and whenever it is
most convenient increasing customer satisfaction and security for staff and passengers.
A machine-to-machine communication solution developed by local partner Dataprom gives the Curitiba
public transport authority URBS a wide range of information about its fleet. URBS can now monitor bus
routes, time spent at bus stops, speed, distance traveled, and times for arrival and departure. Fleet
management systems, controllers can access information about and monitor their fleet.
More efficient public transport, reduced emissions and energy use, and a modern mobile broadband
network for bus passengers: mobile broadband modules from Ericsson are making life better for people
in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.
The solution has already been rolled out to 2,500 buses, and soon to reach 3,000, the system will get
additional functions such as user information panels, wireless network access for passengers and CCTV