tracking systems

gps tracking gondolas

In the aftermath of a recent fatal accident and numerous close calls, Italy’s famed gondolas will begin using GPS tracking systems to help manage water traffic and prevent injuries.  The addition of GPS tracking devices will affect approximately 5,000 vessels, including water taxis.  Other changes will include a requirement for vessels to be equipped with identifying plates on their exteriors, a reduction in overall traffic, and restricted travel times in the early morning when larger crafts such as barges are at work. CCTV cameras have also been added to some canals.   Venice receives more than 60,000 tourists per day during the summer months.