New Device to Save Pompeii

For years, preservationists have been trying to figure out the best way to safeguard the ruins of Pompeii, some of which have crumbled due to the ravages of time, tourist wear-and-tear, and poor maintenance. New research suggests that the solution may come in the form of an electronic eye developed by Luca Pezzati, a physicist at the National Center for Research in Florence, Italy.

The special sensor, called Iperion, is able to monitor ancient walls, churches and even works of art in glass casing detecting the slightest structural changes and setting off an alarm if any part is at risk. The monitoring system can also be used to create an audiovisual guide for visitors or museum websites. Iperion is currently being tested at the Galileo Museum in Florence.



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