An App for smartphones, a single access system and the possibility to connect to the wi-fi network for free using the services that the territorial realities offer.
An App for smartphones, a single access system and the possibility to connect to the wi-fi network for free using the services that the territorial realities offer. So the WIFi ° Italia ° it project takes off, which will allow citizens and tourists to connect and surf the web in a simple way already this summer.
One year after the protocol signed by the Mise together with Mibact and Agid, the process that allows the federation of public and private networks to have a single and simple system of access to the wifi network is intensifying; to grow the network in places of tourism and culture; exploit existing networks to enrich the tourism ecosystem with data. The project is open to private subjects and public bodies with their own network.
At the moment protocols of understanding have been signed between Mise and the Regions of Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and the province of Trento, while in recent weeks pilot projects have started in Rome, Milan, Florence, Prato and Bari. It will be enough, starting today, download the APP, register, automatically browse the access points to the federation of WiFi networks in Italy ° it and take advantage of the contents and services of the Tourism ecosystem that will gradually be made available.
The conference "WiFi ° Italia ° it a network to create a network", organized today in Rome at the European Space of the European Commission, was also an opportunity to start a collaboration between Italy and the European Commission that in the coming weeks should lead to the signing of a memorandum of understanding. WiFI ° Italia ° it is part of the WiFi4EU community project aimed at creating a digital single market by offering free Wi-Fi for Europeans. The goal of WiFi4EU is to offer high quality Internet access to residents and visitors throughout Europe in the main centers of community life.
"Once again, as with 5G, Italy is leading the way in Europe - declared Undersecretary for Economic Development Antonello Giacomelli - and starts building a national federated network that could be the first piece of the mosaic for the identification of a European federated network capable of reducing digital obstacles among EU citizens and accelerating the use of the network and digital services ".
Roberto Viola, director of DG Connect of the European Commission, said he was happy to "announce today the beginning of the collaboration between Italy and the European Commission to create synergies between the Wi-Fi-Italy initiative and that of WiFi4EU of the European Union, a pragmatic collaboration that will make the two projects more effective. Because we share the same goal of making available to the public free high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity points ".
"The new Wifi ° Italia app ° It is an indispensable tool for tourism, an exponentially growing sector that can and must be governed by digital technology - said the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini - Wifi can be an extraordinary tool to help promote widespread tourism, signaling overcrowded sites and suggesting others in the vicinity, and to make Italy increasingly a destination for cultured, sustainable and intelligent tourism ".
In his speech, AgID general manager Antonio Samaritani stated that "with WiFi ° Italia ° it is born an important enabling infrastructure for the development of new digital services. A concrete result and a boost to the implementation of the new country ICT strategy. We have laid the foundations, now we will continue the path of accompaniment and support of the territories for the creation of new services for citizens, businesses and tourists "