Case study: Improving sustainability of urban green spaces

The Italian city of Palermo is dedicated to modernizing its public services and practicing sustainable urban development.  

A bit about Palermo 

The picturesque coastal city is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily. Steeped in more than 2,700 years of history, Palermo, once part of the Roman Empire, is famous for its ancient architecture and rich blend of cultures. Modern day Palermo is known as one of the top street food destinations in the world and enjoys a thriving tourism market. 


While Palermo prides itself on its history and historical significance, it is also dedicated to modernizing its public services and practicing sustainable urban development. To that end, Sistema Palermo Innovazione (SISPI SpA) was founded in 1988 by the Municipality of Palermo with the aim of designing, creating and managing the Municipal Information and Telematic System (SITEC). Today, SISPI supports Palermo’s strategic vision of addressing technological innovation in infrastructure and services and improving the quality of life of its more than 1.2 million residents. 

The challenge 

SISPI needed a solution to improve the efficiency and sustainability of maintaining and watering Palermo’s public green areas, safeguarding and improving the general conditions of the city’s historic gardens, managing urban parks and mitigating the risks of fires in these areas.  

It turned to longtime Hexagon partner Planetek Italia, which developed the Urban Green Spaces Monitoring Tool built on Hexagon’s M.App Enterprise technology. 

Read the full case study to learn more. 

“Using the tool boosts Palermo’s sustainability initiatives by reducing the costs associated with ground inspections, maintenance and planning and allowing us to verify the effectiveness of any maintenance interventions.” 

Giorgio Sbacchi, engineer at SISPI SpA

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