Rome: technology created for space activities will improve daily life

The pine forest of Castel Fusano, located about 30 kilometres from Rome’s historical centre, has often been damaged by fires in summer. Sometimes the fires are also started deliberately.

The European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) will co-fund the project which was presented by Rome’s Mayor Virginia Raggi and Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo. They will be using satellites, sensors and drones to protect a 1,000 hectare nature reserve on the outskirts of Rome.

Leonardo will lead a consortium of partners including Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo and France’s Thales, e-Geos, a joint venture between ASI and Telespazio, and other small companies specialising in drones and communications management.

“This is a pilot project to show how technology created for space activities can improve daily life,” said Leonardo CEO Profumo during a digital news conference.

“Today we want to show that Rome is already a smart city,” said Rome mayor Raggi at the news conference.

In order to provide quick information to the police regarding any fire and criminal activity, the forest will be monitored from space via the Copernicus and PRISMA satellites, and from the earth, with drones and sensors.


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