There's a new gladiator in the Colosseum arena, but he's not "Hispanic": he comes from outer space. His name is Sypeah (System for the Protection and Education of Archaeological Heritage). In summary, it is a revolutionary system that uses drones, satellite data and remote sensing technologies to keep the historic Roman monument perfect.
A leap into the future for the preservation of the past
To give life to this hi-tech adventure, the Colosseum Archaeological Park he shook hands to different champions of science and technology. Among these, the Polytechnic of Milan, Sapienza University of Rome and the scientific branch of the Federico II University of Naples. Archaeologists, engineers, architects, geologists and restorers have come together to create a formidable team at the service of our heritage. This is the final phase of a technical panel that has been active for 4 years, which also includes the Italian Space Agency (ASI), the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research ( ISPRA).
The Heavenly Guardians of the Colosseum: Welcome to the age of drones and satellites
The Sypeah platform represents a technological jewel for the management of the archaeological and natural heritage of the Park. The platform, as mentioned, is based on innovative technologies such as remote sensing, the use of satellite data and drones which will make it possible to assess the risks associated with the Colosseum. Cracks, collapses, structural damage, everything will be under the watchful eye of technology. And it will also guarantee more punctual and targeted interventions, with the time schedules necessary to guarantee the management of the whole area.
Sypeah is a bulwark against i climate changes and adverse weather conditions, and the "Colosseum model" could be applied to other Italian jewels, I am thinking primarily of the Tower of Pisa, to preserve their beauty and keep them "in shape" for future generations.
How wonderful to see how the ancient and the modern can not only coexist, but collaborate in such a fascinating way. The Colosseum "welcomed" (so to speak) its last gladiators thousands of years ago, but its battle for preservation has only just begun.