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The new control room.

Officials in Venice, Italy, are track tourists in the city, to learn where they go, at what times, and more.

Credit: Julia Buckley

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

The goal is to create a more sustainable tourism plan for the city of 50,000 inhabitants, which welcomed nearly 30 million visitors annually prior to the pandemic.

In September, the city launched the Venice Control Room on the island of Tronchetto, featuring a CCTV room where police monitor images from cameras around the city.

A Smart Control Room across the corridor also has cameras, but images generated by those cameras, along with aggregated phone data, are used to create visitor profiles.

Said Marco Bettini, whose firm Venis built the system, "We know in real time how many people are in each part [of the city], and which countries they're from."

The data is important given that city has had to close its main thoroughfares to non-locals at busy times to address overcrowding.

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