Smart City Surveillance: Pompeii

How Pompeii’s Visitors and Cultural Heritage are Wisely Protected by Smart Video Technology

July 06, 2021
The project called Smart@POMPEI started in 2016 with a cooperation between the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism and the National Research Council. Its aim was to realize an integrated technology solution to address the intelligent, sustainable and comprehensive management needs of the Pompeii Archaeological Park – one of Italy’s most visited historical sites. Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS) was the smart answer.
Customer
Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities
Location
Pompeii Archeological Park, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy
Camera count
IP network cameras from Mobotix, mini-drones
Milestone software
XProtect™ Corporate video management system
Integrations
video analytics, access control, anti-intrusion, seismic and hydrogeological monitors, air quality control, IoT devices, microphones and speakers
Partner
The Great Pompeii Project
Challenge: Help to secure precious properties and people
The technological components had to be carefully selected to protect the cultural landmarks, historical artifacts and ancient treasures. They also aimed to assist visitors, especially those with special needs.

Smart@POMPEI's ambition was to create an integrated technological model aimed at safely managing people and monuments in both daily and emergency situations, and to develop research and training programs in the cultural heritage and tourism sector. They hope to be a model for other historical sites.
Solution: Revealing more value from video
  • Milestone XProtect Corporate VMS, Smart Client, Web Client and Mobile Client
  • Network video cameras from Mobotix
  • Thermal cameras to check temperatures at entrance robotic checkpoints
  • Video analytics software and IoT smart bracelets
  • Access control, anti-intrusion devices, metal detectors
  • LED lighting and photovoltaic tiles
  • Sensors for seismic and hydrogeological activity, and air quality
These are the integrated technologies managed by a Milestone XProtect open platform video solution. In real time it continuously monitors all sensors distributed throughout the Pompeii Archaeological Park. The system then generates alerts in case of danger, vandalism and exceeded limits of environmental and energy impact.

The video surveillance system integrated the cameras that are managed efficiently by the Milestone software. It is the core of the complex IT project based on a solid network infrastructure, both optic fiber and wireless.

The park's online ticketing system has also been integrated into the access control and the video monitoring with a 3D platform that interacts with all subsystems. Alarms are generated in the Milestone VMS when defined thresholds are passed and abnormal behavior or emergency conditions are detected.

Thanks to the implementation of IoT technology, the system is extremely flexible, with the possibility to add additional devices and functionalities. For example, when the COVID-19 pandemic arose in 2020, the park added thermal cameras to check for people with possible temperatures. IoT ‘smart bracelets’ can also track visitors through an intelligent video mapping interface, monitoring social distancing to manage the risks of crowding.
Result: The ability to see it all
The platform aligns with the park’s vision for an intelligent, centralized monitoring and alerting system in which all elements are integrated, providing operators and authorities with full coverage of the activities throughout the park’s many sites.

The Milestone platform provided an important and strategic value for this project: it is the integrator between the different systems and devices. It guarantees the archaeological park the opportunity to think about continuous project developments without any limits on the integration of new innovations.

The ministry’s goal is to continue to develop the integrated system with more IoT technology. They can leverage what has been achieved so far in terms of development, infrastructure and systems, to make ancient Pompeii rise from the ashes and become a most modern and intelligent city of today.
Milestone has played a fundamental role in this ambitious project. XProtect has allowed us to create a complete system that integrates a huge number of technological components, infrastructures and data. This has guaranteed the complete management of the archeological park’s security -- and continued developments.
Alberto Bruni, official representative of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities
About Pompeii
Pompeii is a preserved ancient Roman city in Campania, Italy, that was destroyed in 79 AD when the nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering it in ash. The burial preserved it for centuries, and today Pompeii is among the world’s most significant archaeological landmarks. Pompeii was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
Cultural Landmarks
Pompeii Amphitheatre, Temple of Apollo, House of the Faun and House of the Vetti
Park areas
67 hectares / 170 acres / 400,000 square meters
Number of summer visitors
over 10,000 people daily
Number of visitors per year
Approximately 2.6 million people
The latest eruption of Mount Vesuvius was in 1944 where it took the lives of 26 people. Today, Italian authorities are constantly monitoring its activity, as it is the only active volcano on mainland Europe.

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