Florence as the Capital of Innovation and New Technologies at the Fortezza da Basso with Earth Technology Expo


Florence, 13th October 2021. Earth Technology Expo started at the Fortezza da Basso this afternoon. Open until Saturday, 16th October, it is the most exhaustive exhibition showcasing Italy’s extraordinary ability to create, innovate and find solutions for the great climate challenge, to start an ecological and digital transition and to find protection from environmental disasters. The fair sees the presence of 100 exhibitors, and offers 50 workshops, meetings, presentations, and many solutions, featuring scientists, civil protection experts, research centres, universities, companies, ministers and local and national administrators.

On show, the achievements of a country – Italy – proudly able to produce – the Civil Protection’s earthquake simulator, the new high-tech helmets of the firefighters, new technologies used by rescue workers, “Made in Italy” water used by astronauts, which will go to Mars, the first zero-emission electric ship produced in Italy, and the ‘smart’ pylons anticipating landslides and fires.

“By organising this Expo, Italy proves to be ready for an ecological transition, thanks to its technological excellences and to all the ways you can use them – from daily life to preserving the life of citizens as in the case of Civil Protection – said Fabrizio Curcio, Head of the Civil Protection Department, during the opening ceremony of Earth Technology Expo. –  Events as these are the best opportunities to regain the ability to give the correct value to certain things. Furthermore, we must acknowledge just how much our country can be a source of excellence in many areas, thanks to technology supporting them. For instance, the Civil Protection sees climate changes as a problem requiring a great deal of preparation, but also the ability to give an operational response.

“In terms of prevention, soil protection, or hydrogeological stability, technology plays a key role – explained Eugenio Giani, President of the Region Tuscany –. In the aspects of prevention, technology can revolutionise everything, such as robotic surgery. That is why it is important to invest in innovation and technology – to provide citizens with the same services but with much more efficiency”.

“These days, organising a fair represents an act of courage – explained Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera –; that is why, I would like to thank the organisers, who decided to choose the Fortezza da Basso in Florence to host an event dealing with highly topical themes such as the environmental and digital transition, and discussing them at a high level with the main industry experts.”