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Infomobility in the north-east ensures safety and regularity. The Giro d’Italia a successful model
31 May 2022

For the second consecutive year, it has proved to be a fully functional model, with no additional costs to be borne by local government bodies and is becoming the de facto rule that is useful, if not necessary, for the management of all sporting and non-sporting events that impact on viability and mobility in the North East. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions signed with Anas (FS Italiane Group), Brescia-Verona-Vicenza-Padua motorway, Autostrade per l'Italia, Venetian motorway concessions, Autovie Venete, Friuli Venezia Giulia Strade, Veneto Strade, Telepass and Infoblu (Telepass Group) for the integrated and coordinated management of information to users during the Giro d'Italia 2022, has once again made it possible to better coordinate all traffic information necessary to harmonize the complex needs of the event with the full regularity and safety of road and motorway mobility.

The adoption of the integrated infomobility system during the four stages of the Giro d'Italia, which took place from 26 to 29 May and crossed the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions, touching the provinces of Treviso, Udine, Belluno and Verona, has proved to be an indispensable tool for improving the management of traffic information in ordinary and emergency conditions, succeeding in guaranteeing the most profitable management and accurate coordination of the most delicate phases of the competition and of the critical issues that impacted on traffic, for roads closed and detours, availability and location of parking areas, road accidents and various emergency situations, both in the preparatory stages of the stages, during their development, and in the demobilization phase.

The nine managers involved in the project, together with the two regions, set up a 'Situation Room', a sort of 'control tower' specially set up at the CAV headquarters in Mestre in which 53 management and coordination staff worked, in close connection with 7 operators from the Mobile Control Room, the mobile operations room positioned at the arrival of each stage, 4 staff members for the relay service during the race, plus technical and decision support staff.

The operations room has collected data on mobility on the territory, constantly fed back by bodies and institutions involved in the passage of the race, such as municipalities, local police headquarters and consortiums, as well as motorway concessionaires.

The data thus entered into the system thanks to the Moova platform, of the technology partner Almaviva, made it possible to return in the form of an app all the information collected, which was made available to citizens and those travelling in the area.

During the four days of the Giro d'Italia, almost 520 kilometres were covered between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia by hundreds of cyclists and workers of the pink caravan. The organisation put in place by the concessionaires made it possible to manage more than 1,500 events of the most complex and varied kind: from traffic problems to road diversions, from work in progress to accidents, from weather conditions to general information to users. In addition, it made it possible to control the access and outflow to car parks and the parking of several thousand cars, as well as to promptly report road accidents and emergencies to road users, through a specific App that recorded 2912 accesses in those days.

An operating model that has elevated the levels of regularity and safety of traffic and that further confirms, in the increasingly current perspective of Smart Road and Smart City and the greater demand for integrated services for sustainable mobility, the ability of managers and concessionaires (road and motorway) to monitor the territory, to provide information and logistical skills, with the possibility of putting mobility management in full safety and regularity during all major sporting and other events that attract large numbers of spectators and fans to the North East.

'We are facing a model of mobility management and user information that is confirmed as a winner,' commented the Vice-President of the Veneto Region, Elisa De Berti. The test bench represented by the World Ski Championships in Cortina and last year's Giro d'Italia gave interesting results and paved the way for an intelligent and avant-garde protocol, conceived with the territory in mind. We often talk about the need to work as a system, and in this case we have given concrete implementation to this approach, which is preparing to be reproposed at the next Olympics Milan Cortina 2026'.