Venice decided to monitor and analyze the mobile data of tourists, in order to get valuable information about their numbers and movements around the city.
To embark on the journey of over-tourism, the Venice city government uses cellphone signals, but also cameras and sensors installed around the city to track visitors' movements over the duration The Carnival of Venice – until February 25th.
Thirty-four cameras they were set up on the busiest streets. They track the number of visitors, but also their age and gender.
The system also allows special sensors to intercept the cellphone signal. This provides information on wtourists come from and how long they stay in Venice. Officials say they will gain more insight into the number and habits of tourists who come. They also insist that all data be taken with “absolute respect for the privacy of visitors“.
City Tourism Advisor, Paola Mar, explained that tracking tourists has become necessary. She said the city has been unsuccessfully struggling with tourist crowds in recent years. Venice, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is one of the most visited destinations in the world. About 30 million tourists visit each year. It is 60,000 visitors a day.
Paola Mar told local media that the tracking system includes cameras and sensors. It sends data to the control center every 0.25 seconds. This way, one can predict at what point the pedestrian will reach a certain critical point in the city, and take a different route beforehand, with no less crowds.
This is just one of a series of measures adopted or announced by Venice to gain control of the growing number of visitors. Thus, a new tourist tax has been announced for July. The restriction of the number of properties used for tourist purposes is being considered, as well as the ban on landing of large cruisers in the city center.
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