Tuesday September 10th marked the start of the works for implementing video surveillance in the Duomo of Milan.
The project was presented this morning on the Cathedral’s Terraces by Angelo Caloia, President of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano together with the councilor responsible for Social Safety and Cohesion of the Municipality of Milan, Marco Granelli, Local Police Chief Tullio Mastrangelo, Carlo Hruby, Vice-President of the Enzo Hruby Foundation, and Fabio Andreoni, Country Manager Italia for Samsung Techwin.
Through an advanced camera system that will guarantee the safety and security of Milan’s symbol, destination of over 5 million visitors each year (a number that is destined to rise to 20 during Expo 2015), the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo – thanks to the cooperation and support of the Municipality of Milan and the Milan Police Headquarters – provides rapid response to the need for increasing the security of the Cathedral and the area surrounding the monument, which in Italy is one of the places topping the list of sensitive targets requiring protection.
The Enzo Hruby Foundation immediately accepted the invitation from the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo and quickly ruled to bear the expenses for its safety enhancement.
“With this important project, not only will we heighten the security of the monument, but also of the Piazza and the area surrounding the Duomo – says the President of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Prof. Angelo Caloia – The Cathedral welcomes over 5 million visitors a year and in 2015 it will open its doors to 20 million tourists. The Fabbrica is working tirelessly to make the monument fully accessible through the work of 12 construction sites and also thanks to important measures like this one. Aware of the role that the Fabbrica has played since 1387, today we are here to present this great project for the Duomo, even more importantly because it provides greater security for the city that will host Expo 2015. We are grateful to those, like the Enzo Hruby Foundation and Samsung Techwin, who were immediately willing to share this ambitious task.”
“The Duomo and its Piazza are the nerve center of this city: a real as well as a symbolic center that will soon be even better linked with the local Law Enforcement’s Operations Hub.
Active 24/7, it will receive a constant feed of images coming from the 1,715 video-surveillance points present throughout the city, and will be monitored by 110 agents. The Operations Hub of Piazza Beccaria is a point of protection for all” says Marco Granelli, councilor responsible for Social Safety and Cohesion of the Municipality of Milan.
“We are very happy – says Carlo Hruby, Vice-President of the Enzo Hruby Foundation – to be able to offer a solid contribution to our city, following the many security projects supported throughout Italy. This project combines the protection of one of the world’s most unique heritage assets, not to mention symbol of Milan, with the urban control of an extended area, the protection of which will benefit the sense of security of both local citizens and tourists. In the field of security, at present video surveillance is the most rapidly evolving sector and to carry out this project – which is an example of perfect cooperation between public and private – we will be using the most cutting-edge technologies, able to offer Law Enforcement priceless support in what they do.”
This project also features the crucial participation of Samsung Techwin – a subsidiary of the Samsung Group, experts in the field of physical security and camera surveillance – which has offered the most advanced technologies available today. “We have decided to enter in this project directly in order to use our most advanced solutions for protecting an area that is important to all the citizens of Milan and not only – says Fabio Andreoni, Country Manager Italia of Samsung Techwin. We are particularly satisfied to be able to prove how technology, when used correctly, can truly contribute to increasing the efficiency of the work of public organs and, if we look at the bigger picture, the quality of life of citizens. It is but a piece of a much more complex mosaic. However, if making Piazza del Duomo safer will contribute to a more effective management of the area, an increase in visitors and the induced economy that follows, we will have proven how, through the synergic efforts of private and public players, it is possible to achieve important goals, rapidly and with positive results.”
We must also highlight the important contribution of the Municipality of Milan which, through the connections provided by Italian utility company A2A, makes it possible to send images to the Operations Hub of the Local Law Enforcement and Police Headquarters. The entire system will be equipped with an emergency power supply provided by Riello UPS.
The project will be carried out by Umbra Control, based in Perugia, which in past months has also been involved in the important project backed by the Enzo Hruby Foundation and Samsung Techwin for the security of the Great Duomo Museum, which will be inaugurated on November 4th.
This extensive project for the security of the Duomo and of the people of Milan is a perfect example of fruitful cooperation between public and private, and will be implemented in full collaboration with the Police Headquarters of Milan and Local Law Enforcement, which are offering commitment and assistance to ensure the accomplishment of such an important and pressing task.
Providing security for the Duomo of Milan means guaranteeing the safety of all the Milanese and visitors from around the world who, in this mighty Cathedral, see the most recognizable image of the city that will host the next Expo.