For many years now Cisco in Italy has worked closely with the Municipality of Turin –their first projects together having been initiated around Digitaliani, Cisco’s landmark Digitalisation project in Italy.

Now, as part of this wider Digitalisation effort, and in order to support the Municipality of Turin during the current COVID-19 crisis, Cisco has made available a number of free WebEx accounts and physical Telepresence systems. These systems will allow the Mayor of Turin and other municipal authorities to communicate with the media, in order to relay the daily measures they are putting in place related to the current health crisis.

But that’s not all – Cisco has also been one of the most active partners in the Torino City Love initiative (#TorinoCityLove). This an initiative ‘of solidarity and innovation’ whereby organisations can offer free – and mainly online – resources, actions and skills to support citizens and businesses in the Torino area during the COVID-19 emergency.

As part of this initiative Cisco has also donated a number of DX80 Teleconferencing systems to the Rsa Annunziata nursing home for elderly people. As a result, the elderly guests of the facility can continue to meet their relatives, despite current travel restrictions, in virtual form. This project, inaugurated last March 16th in the presence of Marco Pironti, the Deputy Mayor in charge of Innovation,  is an ‘inclusion project’. The aim is to fulfill vital day-to-day emotional needs, by bridging the gap between the relative and the guest, maintaining all-important social bonds and helping to reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation.

[You can find further information re: how Cisco is using WebEx to assist with COVID-19 here. You can read more about Cisco’s Digitaliani initiative here (Italian language).]