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Travel Venice is Monitoring Tourists’ Movements Via Their Own Mobile Phones

02:05  15 february  2020
02:05  15 february  2020 Source:   travelpulse.com

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Officials in Venice are tapping into tourists ' mobile phone data to keep track of visitor numbers and information. In a bid to reduce the problems associated with overtourism, namely crowding, Venice officials are using mobile phone signals, cameras and sensors to track the movement of commuters

They will access mobile phones data to record where someone has travelled to the city from and how long they 'The system will use a mix of sensors, cameras and wifi to constantly monitor the situation with a data release every 25 They do measure their height, the speed of movement and the density.

During its bustling carnival period, running from February 8 through 25, officials in Venice have begun using signals off the mobile phones of people passing through the city to gain insight into visitor volume in certain densely packed areas.

Tourist taking photos in Venice, Italy.© iStock/Getty Images Plus/Sinenkiy Tourist taking photos in Venice, Italy.

According to Lonely Planet, tourism councilor Paola Mar stated that local authorities had deemed it necessary to accurately monitor the flow of visitors to Venice, which struggles daily with throngs of tourists that cause overcrowding.

The historic UNESCO World Heritage city is among the world’s most visited and has been struggling for some years to handle the plague of overtourism that threatens to swallow it. Roughly 30 million tourists descend upon Venice annually, translating to 60,000 visitors each day, as compared to the 55,000 locals who still reside in its historic center.

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VENICE is continuing in its fight against over- tourism by tracking the number of tourists that come to the city, although controversially, the council will be tapping in to mobile phones to do so. They do measure their height, the speed of movement and the density. A spokesman said: "In this way, we

The new system would use mobile phone information to monitor traffic flows in different areas of the city, and see how residents are using the subway and bus systems. The article did not say when or exactly how the system will be implemented, only that it has passed expert review. Users will be able

34 cameras have been installed along some of the city’s busiest streets to detect passersby, supposedly with the ability to distinguish children from adults and without monitoring people’s faces.

Special sensors are said to have the ability to intercept mobile phone data that indicates where the devices’ owners originate from and the duration of their stays in Venice. City officials said that all of this is being carried out “in absolute respect for privacy” and in order to form a clearer picture as to the numbers of people passing through each area.

Addressing the local media, Mar explained how the tracking system, using Wi-Fi, cameras and sensors, will transmit data to a control room every .25 seconds. She said that it will eventually allow analysts to, "predict at what time 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."

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The new system would use mobile phone information to monitor traffic flows in different areas of the city, and see how residents are using the subway and bus systems. The article did not say when or exactly how the system will be implemented, only that it has passed expert review.

Venice ’s booming tourism industry is threatening the city’s very survival. The movement is especially relevant in Venice , since a 50cm rise in sea levels could see the city vanish Critical as the climate crisis is, the city faces a more immediate risk: the rising tide of tourists , presently estimated at

This new measure, which has apparently been in the works for a while now, is only the latest of several policies Venice is implementing in an attempt to curb the sheer volume of visitors that overwhelms the city, its infrastructure and the locals.

The Italian government began rerouting giant cruise ships to ports closer to the mainland as part of a plan to gradually ban cruise ships from entering the Grand Canal after a cruise liner smashed into a Venetian dock and river-cruise ship last year.

There’s also a new measure scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2020, which places a tax on day-trippers to the City of Canals, a fee that’s entirely separate from the overnight tax that those staying in hotels pay as part of their accommodations rates.

Venice will spy on tourists' phone calls and use sensors around the city to analyze their movements so visitors can be 'directed' away from congested hotspots .
Thirty-four sensors will identify whether those passing underneath are adults or children and use their phone signals to identify where they're from and how long they've been in Venice.A network of 34 sensors has been installed which will detect the silhouettes of anyone passing underneath and can identify whether they are children or adults.

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