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Proptech company launches fourth smart city project in Brazil

The Smart City Aquiraz development is located 29km from Ceará’s capital Fortaleza, and built on a 200-hectare site, it will be home to more than 18,000 residents.

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Smart City Aquiraz will feature a host of social and digital solutions
Smart City Aquiraz will feature a host of social and digital solutions

Smart affordable housing specialist Planet Smart City has announced its fourth smart development project in Brazil.

 

Smart City Aquiraz, which will be built on a 200-hectare site, will be home to more than 18,000 residents. The development is located 29km from Ceará’s capital Fortaleza and 6km from popular tourist beach of Praia Bela, and easily accessible by public transport.

 

Following the launch of Smart City Laguna, also in Ceará, Smart City Natal, in Rio Grande do Norte, and Viva!Smart in São Paulo, Planet Smart City plans to invest a total of $40m to design and develop the new city.

 

In April, it announced plans for a smart city project in Pune, India, which would include development of 1,000 apartments.

 

Operating system vision

 

Planet Smart City has an ‘operating system’ vision for homes with its mission to transform the way affordable housing is delivered through integrating replicable smart technological solutions into large-scale projects.

 

Planet claims Aquiraz will incorporate its expertise in bringing together superior infrastructure, urban planning, sustainability, digital services, and social innovation programmes to deliver affordable high-quality, low-cost homes which are transforming the way affordable housing is delivered worldwide.

 

According to Planet, the new city will feature a ‘host’ of social and digital solutions including a free library, cinema, outdoor fitness areas, cycle lanes, urban gardens, a football pitch and some shared kitchen facilities for residents as well as technological features such and free wi-fi across communal areas.

 

The offering is underpinned by the Planet App, its proprietary digital platform which enables residents to engage with each other and the neighbourhood around them.

“Aquiraz’s smart affordable homes, valuable services and convenient location near Fortaleza’s tourist hotspots will create a buzzing community for years to come.”

Work on the first phase of infrastructure development is already underway. The city features two-bedroom houses, which will start to be built as soon as lockdown in the state of Ceará is lifted. First residents are expected to move in by the end of 2020.

 

“We are excited to further extend our presence in Brazil with the addition of Smart City Aquiraz,” said Susanna Marchionni, CEO of Planet Smart City in Brazil.

 

“Brazil is one of the top five countries with the largest housing deficits worldwide, and through our projects we are able to tackle this issue. Aquiraz’s smart affordable homes, valuable services and convenient location near Fortaleza’s tourist hotspots will create a buzzing community for years to come.”

 

Located on the CE-040 highway, with daily public transport available, Smart City Aquiraz is intended to provide affordable homes for individuals working in the capital as well as Fortaleza’s buzzing tourism industry. Nearby, is the state’s second-largest hotel park and several beaches as well as Beach Park – the largest water park in South America.

 

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