Transporte público, Teresina, Brasil

Teresina launches the open innovation phase to improve its public transport system

The Teresina Transport Observatory project of EUROCLIMA+ uses innovative technologies to aid decision-making.

 March 10, 2021, Teresina, Brazil - The EUROCLIMA+ project “Transport Observatory in Teresina” started its open innovation phase. A mission to discuss the challenges as part of the process and to officially inaugurate this new phase took place on February 8, with the participation of the institutions involved in the project.

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Under the framework of this mission, the Mayor of Teresina José Pessoa Leal, met with the Secretaries of the city’s Management and Planning, the Consul of France in Brazil, Hugues Fantou, the Regional Director of AFD in Brazil, and for the Southern Cone, Philippe Orliange, as well as members of the project monitoring team and of the consultancy.

During this meeting, the challenges were presented based on a participatory diagnostic process that was carried out in the middle of last year. During the diagnostic phase of the project, it was identified that the prioritised challenges of Teresina's public transport system are related to information management, indicators and real-time data, as well as regulatory, financial and operational aspects. In this sense, the open innovation phase will aim to find solutions to these challenges.

This project is part of the Urban Mobility sector of EUROCLIMA+, with a budget of 500,000 euros provided by the European Union, and it is implemented by the French Development Agency (AFD). The initiative aims to improve the performance of the public transport system in the Brazilian city by building an information system to improve decision-making.

"The EUROCLIMA+ project in Teresina was one of the two projects selected in Brazil, and this is an indication of the technical quality of the project," said Philippe Orliange, AFD’s Regional Director for Brazil and the Southern Cone.

In this sense, the open innovation phase will bring society closer to the decision-making and public management processes. In this way, solutions will be provided through the use of digital technologies to promote transparency in the management of Teresina’s public transport. To achieve this, the consulting company Systra is providing a co-construction approach and contributes not only technological solutions, but also an anthropological dimension.

"Whether we are talking about blockchain technology, 'mobility as a service', better data or electromobility management, new technologies and digital solutions offer an unprecedented range of possibilities for all those involved in the field of mobility, and the city of Teresina has been able to ask the right questions at the right time," emphasised Joan Serrano, Deputy Director of Systra's Consulting and Development Directorate.

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This mission, the Mayor of Teresina, José Pessoa Leal, emphasised that this project will make it possible to look at the most affected populations in terms of transport in the context of the COVID-19 health contingency: "In this time of anguish for the simple worker of Teresina, the right to come and go that is in the Brazilian constitution is not being fulfilled".

In the coming days, registration will be open for groups of problem solvers to sign up for this new open innovation phase of the project. Subsequently, an ideation and piloting process will be carried out, using agile and design thinking methodologies to find technology-based solutions for the Teresina public transport system.

With these innovative tools, the different actors involved with mobility in the Brazilian city will be able to come up with viable solutions that focus on improving people's lives:

"We know that public transport is in crisis and in this context this project becomes more and more necessary. Public transport is an essential service for the population, especially for the most vulnerable population that uses public transport every day", said Cintia Bartz, Coordinator of Agenda 2030, Secretary of Planning of Teresina.

For more information on the project "Mobility Observatory: implementation of a Blockchain information system for the transparency of public transport in Teresina", consult the following link.

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Project Description

The Transport Observatory is part of a partnership between the Municipality of Teresina, through the Municipal Secretariat of Planning and Coordination (SEMPLAN), the French Development Agency (AFD), through EUROCLIMA+, the European Union's flagship programme on sustainability and climate change in Latin America. Its objective is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of transport in Teresina by proposing innovative digital solutions that focus on transparency and information sharing in public transport systems.


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.

About the French Development Agency

AFD is a not-for-profit public and charitable bank committed to projects that concretely improve the quality of life of people in developing countries, emerging countries, territories and collectivities. AFD is active in several sectors in addition to the transport sector, such as sustainable cities, energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital innovation, and education, and it supports the transition towards a safer, fairer and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Present in 115 countries through a network of 85 agencies, AFD currently finances, monitors and supports more than 4,000 development projects. In 2019, the ADF is approaching 14 billion euros of investment in financing projects in developing countries, as well as in territories and collectivities.

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