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Venice opens a control room that keeps track of where EVERY tourist comes from and where they are visiting


Venice has started counting the number of visitors to the historic city and using the cellphone signals to find out which country they are from and where they are going in order to reduce the massive congestion of the tourist hotspots.

The city council can now track every one of its 30 million visitors a year with its new state-of-the-art control room for 3 million euros (2.7 million pounds).

The Smart Control Room, equipped with screens with images and data from Venice, can keep track of the number of tourists in the city – but not only those who are near the many street cameras.

Now, in collaboration with Telecom Italia, the authorities can track visitors to the city using cell phone signals and at the same time find out where they are in Venice, who they are and what country or region they come from.

Venice has started counting the number of visitors to the historic city and using their cell phone signals to find out which country they are from and where they are traveling in order to ease the massive congestion in tourist hotspots

City authorities can now track their 30 million visitors a year with their new state-of-the-art control room valued at 3 million euros (2.7 million pounds)

City authorities can now track their 30 million visitors a year with their new state-of-the-art control room valued at 3 million euros (2.7 million pounds)

"This is the brain of the city," Marco Bettini, co-general manager of Venis, the technology company that built the system, told CNN.

"We know in real time how many people are in each part (of the city) and from which countries they come."

The development comes after a network of 34 sensors was installed in Venice last February that can detect the silhouettes of people passing underneath and detect whether they are children or adults.

The new system, which took three years to build, can also track traffic in the city – and recognize the type of boat sailing on the Grand Canal, and let residents and tourists know if a waterboat is late and by how many minutes .

The Smart Control Room, equipped with screens with images and data from Venice, can keep track of the number of tourists in the city - but not only those who are near the many street cameras

The Smart Control Room, equipped with screens with images and data from Venice, can keep track of the number of tourists in the city – but not only those who are near the many street cameras

Now, in collaboration with Telecom Italia, the authorities can track visitors to the city and at the same time find out where they are in Venice, who they are and what country or region they come from

Now, in collaboration with Telecom Italia, the authorities can track visitors to the city and at the same time find out where they are in Venice, who they are and what country or region they come from

Ultimately, there is hope that the system will lead to more sustainable tourism, as authorities can activate the city's hubs at peak times to ensure residents aren't held up by the estimated 60,000 tourists who come each day.

Authorities can also distract tourists from busy areas in advance so as not to block other pedestrians.

They can also charge entry fees on the days when they are most busy.

"In 2021 Venice will celebrate its 1,600th anniversary," said Bettini. "And we're going to celebrate with technology."

The control room, which opened last September on the island of Tronchetto in Venice, analyzes the phone data of those walking the streets of Venice to find out where they come from. However, the authorities state that no personal information will be released during the process.

Italians visiting the city are logged by the region they live in, while the system finds out where foreign tourists are from by determining where their cellphone is registered.

Ultimately, there is hope that the system will lead to more sustainable tourism, as authorities can activate the city's hubs at peak times to ensure residents aren't held up by the estimated 60,000 tourists that come each day.

Ultimately, there is hope that the system will lead to more sustainable tourism, as authorities can activate the city's hubs at peak times to ensure residents aren't held up by the estimated 60,000 tourists who come each day.

The control room, which opened in September last year, analyzes the phone data of those walking the streets of Venice to find out where they come from. However, the authorities state that no personal information will be released during the process

The control room, which opened last September, analyzes the phone data of those walking the streets of Venice to find out where they come from. However, the authorities state that no personal information will be released during the process

Graphics are displayed in the Smart Control Room that show which areas of the city are crowded – and the software can track how fast people are moving in tourist hotspots like St. Mark's Square.

A CNN reporter visiting the control room observed the system, which resulted in 13,628 people entering the city while 8,548 exiting the city. The main arrival time was 10 a.m. – most likely tourists, reports the American news site.

Meanwhile, 36 percent of foreign tourists are German and 16 percent came from Switzerland.

"The problem is not that Venice has too many visitors," said Valerie Duflot, co-founder of Venezia Autentica, a company that focuses on sustainable tourism. "The problem is that all visitors go to the same two places: St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge."

The news comes after the city installed 34 sensors in February last year that detect the silhouettes of nearby passers-by.

The system made it possible to intercept the data from phones to know where people came from and how long they were staying in the city. The local council said at the time that this would be done "with absolute respect for privacy."

The 34 sensors were installed as part of an experiment that coincided with the city's Carnival, which began on February 8, 2020 and lasted through February 25.

One of the 34 sensors installed in Venice (picture). They access cell phone data to record where someone has traveled to the city from and how long they have been there

One of the 34 sensors installed in Venice (picture). They access cell phone data to record where someone has traveled to the city from and how long they have been there

Tourism Councilor Paoloa Mar said at the time that it had become imperative to monitor the flow of visitors to Venice, which for some time has been concerned about saturation at certain times and locations. The floating city attracts around 60,000 tourists every day.

"The system will use a mix of sensors, cameras and WiFi to constantly monitor the situation with a data release every 25 hundredths of a second," he said.

& # 39; The information is processed in the intelligent control room by special software, which can then return information about the density of people present at a given point in time and their speed of movement.

This way we can predict when pedestrians will arrive at a certain critical point and divert them to another area in advance so as not to clog or block pedestrian traffic.

"There is a twofold advantage in preventing everyone from going the same way: it enables better management of the rivers, but also the discovery of unfamiliar roads."

The 34 latest-generation sensors, which in future will also be able to record the degree of pollution, were installed at locations that run along the most important pedestrian paths, e.g. B. on the historic bridges that span the canals, museums and squares.

Venice city council said it had installed the sensors to guide tourists away from crowded areas and would use them "with complete privacy".

Venice city council said it had installed the sensors to guide tourists away from crowded areas and would use them "with complete privacy".

No indication was given of how to discourage visitors from visiting congested websites, even though the information is shared on the social networking sites.

Venice City Council said such a system had never been tested in a city before.

The agency emphasizes that the sensors only record the silhouettes of people without identifying them. They measure their size, speed of movement and density.

"This way we can know in real time which areas are most densely crowded and expect congestion," said a spokesman at the time

& # 39; The project will also make it possible to intercept the data from the phone booths and to know the origin of the people with complete respect for privacy.

"In the analysis phase, we therefore have the opportunity to understand where the visitors come from and how long they stay in the city."

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