The creation of the stunning Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore began in 1296. It was finally completed in 1436. Whichever way you look at it, that was a long, long time ago.

But when the cathedral reopened to the public after the coronavirus lockdown, they used modern technology to ensure that visitors maintained social distancing rules.

When you go into the cathedral, you’re issued with a small box, a beeper rather like the ones you get when waiting for a table in a restaurant.  You’d be able to wear your beeper in a lanyard around your neck. If you get too close to another person, your beeper will let you know. Simple.

When your visit is over, just return the device which will then be thoroughly sanitised before being used by another person.

The video below is in Italian but if you don’t understand the language, never mind. It shows the device in use.

A spokesperson for the cathedral said:

“We are the first in the world to use it in the museum context, this system guarantees the maximum of security and comfort during the visit.”

Is this ancient building showing us the way regarding tourism of the future? Already social distancing apps are available. And as I don’t know anyone who would be out and about without their phone, maybe before long we’ll all have the apps to help keep everyone safe. For the moment, the cathedral is being proactive in catering for those who haven’t prepared themselves with an app.

The applications here are many. Not just are these technologies a solution for museums, galleries and attractions such as the cathedral, they are also ideal for outdoor events, for those visiting beaches or areas such as parks and recreation facilities.




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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