The complex times we are experiencing after the propagation of the COVID-19 virus enforced very strong contention measures to the movement of people and the closing of all public and cultural spaces, including the Paestum Archaeological Park, that intends to be a reference for the safe reopening of museums and archaeological sites.
To satisfy this necessity, we developed a very effective smart system for the safety management of the public as well as the Paestum staff. It is useful for informing and protecting the users, in real time and completely anonymously. We have integrated the geolocated smartphone app with the temperature detection systems (thermal scanner), systems to follow the flow of visitors in real time and internal management of the staff shifts.
Now that we have entered a phase of gradual reopening of all activities, it is required a radical change in the approach and use of the monuments and pieces of art.
The management of the Park already organized the reserving and the online option for purchasing tickets. But it came to realization that the digital dimension is the starting point in rethinking the use of cultural spaces, without incurring infection and spreading risks.
Therefore, we decided to work taking advantage of already existing resources: the smartphone app we developed uses an open source programming language, dynamic and scalable, perfect to adapt to every necessity.
The update introduces new functions adapted to the safe management for the public and the internal staff from Paestum, and it informs and protects the users anonymously.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION ABOUT ENTRY CONTROL SYSTEM
GEO-LOCALIZATION GPS system
Thanks to the geolocation, the warning messages and the new functions adapted to the COVID-19 regulations, it is possible to manage the flow of visitors and staff safely and in real time. In so doing, the app helps the first ones to keep physical distance and the second ones to successfully monitor in real time the movements and possible agglomerations in the archaeological area.
Particularly, the app reminds the visitors the use of a mask and the hygiene rules, suggests with pop-ups the best routes to avoid an excessive number of people in the same area and warns about the capacity of the Park even before arriving to the area. The entry is equipped with a thermal scanner that measures the corporal temperature of the attendants.
The Control Room answers to the constant tracking function of visitors and staff. The back-end of the app allows to split the archaeological area by sectors through the creation of polygons whose points are based on precise geographical coordinates.
Therefore, the system signals the different sectors as it follows:
green, if the participation is under the given parameters,
yellow, if the capacity of the sector is over the average,
red, if the quantity of people is excessive.
The sectors delimited by polygons are not fixed, and can be modified – even temporally- depending on the necessities, in the cases of construction, excavation or restoration.
The system also foresees the internal management of staff shifts, to track the contact historial between co-workers in case it is necessary (for example, if there is a positive testing for the virus).
Due to this and other adopted measures -like the signalling or the dispensers with hand sanitizer- we have accelerated and simplified the detection of potential infection situations. For this reason, the Paestum Archaeological Park was one of the first to reopen its doors on the 18th of May 2020.
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