Smart Garda Lake was born in June 2017 as conceived by Stefania Zerbato and Simona Franzoni. It was then created and supported by a team of scientific partners. Within the project, the Garda community with the municipalities of Lazise, Torri del Benaco, Bardolino for the Verona side, and Salò and Gardone Riviera for the Brescia side, decided to endow themselves with a Smart Governance aimed at preserving and promoting the Garda area.
The Smart Governance concept means a set of strategies involving improvement and optimization of infrastructures and public services thanks to the use of new technologies in the field of communications, energy efficiency, mobility and environmental protection, ultimately aiming at bringing benefits to citizens in terms of life quality. Thus, the Garda communities developed an environmental monitoring network for in the field of meteorology, noise pollution, surface water and air quality in the framework of the sustainability objectives according to the 2030 UN Agenda.
TEA Group, in collaboration with the CNR Institute for Bio-Economy (IBE), gave its contribution by means of the AirQino monitoring stations that are designed to measure parameters such as relative humidity, air temperature, as well as concentrations of CO, CO2, O3, NO2, VOC, PM2.5 and PM10. This monitoring instruments were integrated onto light boxes or installed on poles of the public lighting network.
Attention to projects of sustainability and preservation of the territory and its ecosystems is a topic that increasingly involves not only local population, but also tourism. Evidences confirm that citizens and tourists increasingly demand the quality of places where they may live or spend a holiday. The number of people taking care of sustainability and territory preservation is more and more increasing.
Today, thanks to monitoring technologies and artificial intelligence platforms, we are able to develop an advanced information system that meets these needs in support of citizens and local administrators during decision-making processes.
The achievement of an economic, social and environmental sustainability that aims to preserve a unique ecosystem that every year attracts millions of tourists from all over the world is closely linked to policies implemented by Local Administrations towards the territory and an increasingly sustainable tourism.