Cultural heritage space identification system

Updated: Aug 13, 2016


The protection, fruition and support of the cultural heritage show evidence of a growing importance in European society, which is particularly rich in cultural assets. The European Commission gives great importance to the subject, promoting actions for protection, improving understanding and dissemination of the culture and history of European citizens, and making cultural heritage increasingly available and accessible. The cultural assets can be seen, as a consequence, as one of the most valuable ‘infrastructures’ owned by European citizens. The innovative idea behind CUSPIS is to combine the cultural assets infrastructure with another important European service infrastructure: Galileo and EGNOS. Galileo represents a unique opportunity to implement both institutional and commercial applications for the cultural assets protection, valorisation and fruition with value-for-money solutions under the appropriate regulation umbrella. In this context, the benefits coming from the Galileo and EGNOS ‘benefits’ and ‘differentiators’, with respect to a solution based on GPS, are maximised together with the valuable role that a deployed solution can play for this user community.


CUSPIS aims to demonstrate the benefits that EGNOS and Galileo can bring to the cultural heritage user community, with a strong accent on validation of results, economical and technical viability of systems and its dissemination. The goal of the project is to study the current situation in the cultural heritage sector, identifying the areas where innovative solutions, based on satellite navigation services, can prove to be beneficial. The CUSPIS project will establish proper user community groups, involve significant actors from the relevant community and institutional users, transfer to the cultural heritage world a new awareness of the innovative applications offered by GALILEO, and put an accent on authentication aspects, IPR and Digital Rights Management and European multilingualism. The key to CUSPIS is the use of the so-called Geo-Time Authentication (GTA) for the unique cataloguing, authentication and determination of the precise location of indoor and outdoor cultural assets. The concept will be demonstrated for secure management, tracking and transportation of cultural assets between various sites (cultural asset management) and provision of information to both tourists and experts in the cultural heritage field (cultural asset fruition).


The CUSPIS project deployed operative solutions for the transportation of secure cultural assets and their fruition in open archaeological areas using EGNOS and Galileo. CUSPIS is unique in the scope of the cultural heritage user community in merging GNSS aspects, information management, fruition and secure information services, complemented by advances in authentication aspects using an advanced IT platform for robust and scalable service-oriented operations. CUSPIS developments include identification and authentication using GNSS signals and RFID, sophisticated mapping techniques for EGNOS positioning/tracking, management of virtual gantries and area enforcement for secured operations and smart communication management (WiFi and cellular). CUSPIS user terminals are equipped with precise maps/EGNOS receivers and secure communication, 2D and 3D smart interfaces for effective control, sensor data management and fruition. A virtual-reality reconstruction of areas and ontologies are additional capabilities designed to support intelligent fruition and multilingualism. CUSPIS was successfully demonstrated at the UNESCO Villa Adriana site in Italy and in Athens, and in real transportation for museums. The CUSPIS system also fosters the advances of the City Tourist Fruition System derived from the TWIST project (one of the GJU FP6 projects dedicated to SMEs) and takes advantage of the NEXT X-Info.

CUSPIS fruition services: schema
CUSPIS secure transportation: schema

Project details

Name of the Project: 
Cultural heritage space identification system
Name of Proposal: 
Cultural heritage space identification system
Contract Number: 
Total Cost: 
2 340 000 €
EU Contributions: 
1 250 000 €
Project Call: 
FP6 2nd Call
Start Date: 
End Date: 
Project Type: 
Dr Luigi Mazzucchelli
Via Noale 345B
00100 Rome IT
+39 06 22 45 41
+39 06 22 45 4406
Scientific Officer: 
Stefano Scarda


  • Space Applications Services SA


  • CMC Associated Ltd
  • Pagnanelli Risk Solutions Ltd


  • Exodus SA
  • Municipality of Athens
  • Vodafone SA


  • Centrica Srl
  • Commissione Sicurezza Patrimonio Culturale
  • D'Appolonia SpA
  • Opificio Pietre Dure Firenze
  • Provincia di Roma
  • Studio Legale Lombardi
  • Università di Firenze - MICC
  • University of L'Aquila
  • University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'