Project Description


In 2010 the metropolitan city of Bari embarked on a course of action whose goal was to become a true Smart City, joining the European Smart Cities project that offered rewards to European cities that excel in sustainable development by sharing knowledge online and urging cities to improve their inhabitants’ quality of life and work, as well as make the cities smarter, more secure and more sustainable.

Part of this broad and ambitious strategic policy of transforming the municipal administration is another important project that in recent years has won a number of awards: M.U.S.I.C.A. for Urban Monitoring through Innovative Solutions for Agile Cities, funded under the European Regional Development Fund Operational Programme 2007/2013.

M.U.S.I.C.A. is an innovative urban tool for monitoring energy, the environment, security and mobility (Urban Control Centre), based on the technological paradigms of Smart City, Big Data, Open Data and Internet of Things. It is a system that acquires data concerning the city and its inhabitants in order to govern economic and social development and provide the administration with guidelines for making strategic and operational choices.

It is in line with this adopted strategy, based on the use of a monitoring system, that the City of Bari chose to adopt and integrate the new and multifunctional KIRETI SMART CITY platform, developed by SITE S.p.A. to manage proactively and efficiently local urban security and maintenance.

  • Client: City of Bari

  • Region: Apulia

  • Population: 323.370 inhabitants (2018)

  • Area: 117,39 Km²

  • Density: 2.754,68 inhab./Km²

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  • Smart City projects started: European Smart Cities for Energy Sustainability, a M.U.S.I.C.A. Project (Urban Monitoring through Innovative Solutions for Agile Cities) focusing on energy, security and the environment

  • Project area: Bari metropolitan area

  • Project focus: Urban Security and Maintenance



  • Integrate into a single platform the different subsystems that contribute to urban security and maintenance.
  • Boost the existing video surveillance system by switching to a more advanced video analysis logic.
  • Digitise and integrate maintenance processes as part of the expanded security management.


  • The video surveillance subsystems (over 300 cameras managed by the Milestone XProtect Video Management System) and license plate readers were managed through separate interfaces and databases that were not communicating either with each other or with the M.U.S.I.C.A. Business Intelligence software, contributing to inefficiency in the control room and to limited coordination between data sources.
  • A large number of existing cameras were not built to handle automated real-time and geo-localised analysis to detect alert/alarm events.
  • Maintenance processes were managed in parallel and poorly digitised ways, causing inefficiency in managing service orders and monitoring the quality of maintenance operations.



KIRETI’s “open system” helped the City of Bari to:

  • Improve user experience for operators of existing systems by implementing a centralised control over diverse functions using a single operating interface;
  • Facilitate the exchange of data with installed third-party software applications and acquire all data from the “Targa System” license plate readers thanks to its capability of using standard communication protocols and JSON packet exchange;
  • Interact directly with the Milestone Image Server to capture all video streams fed by the cameras both in live and playback modes;
  • Detect in real-time alert/alarm events based on their assessed security risk;
  • Adopt an advanced video analysis by configuring the KIRETI platform to process approximately one third of the available video streams (86 out of 300), where each can be set to detect up to 24 different video analysis criteria (e.g.: intrusion, abandoned objects, wrong driving direction, etc.);
  • Transmit event data and information logs directly to the M.U.S.I.C.A. Business Intelligence system.


The KIRETI platform was integrated with an Urban Maintenance module, creating a digital infrastructure for the management of maintenance operations that is flexible and easy to run as it is based entirely on the use of a web device.

The City Infrastructure and Networks Office could now supply maintenance companies with special mobile apps through which they could receive service orders, monitor in real time the progress of activities, collect construction site documentation and check compliance with contractual deadlines and quality of completed work.


Thanks to its investment in the KIRETI solution, the Bari City Administration successfully increased urban security and rendered territorial control by local police and other law enforcement agencies more efficient by using more advanced video surveillance systems integrated with all other subsystems. At the same time, also the level of maintenance process management was improved, ensuring greater traceability of maintenance work and greater control over the quality of work performed by contractors.