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Friday, September 13, 2013

Honors For Wi-Next

"Wi-Next, the Italian company founded in 2007 as a start-up of the Polytechnic of Turin, is among finalists at the Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award. The Award is given annually to 100 European companies selected by innovation, financial performance and quality of management. The Award ceremony will be held in Amsterdam on Wednesday, April 10th."

"...Wi-Next proposes itself as a center of excellence proudly Made in Italy, able to create highly customized wireless products and solutions. The innovative model offered by Wi-Next for Wi-Fi solutions is based on the N.A.A.W. firmware, which enables the creation of automatic, reliable and economic wireless networks, able to ensure the maximum extension of coverage..."

Falcon Social eventually took top prize.

Italian Expertise In China


"The production of technical textiles and nonwovens has been growing in China, in step with increasing local demand for this product range. Specific customized machinery for this sector has thus also become a necessity. In Guangzhou, Italian machinery manufacturers will be presenting their most advanced technology for the production of technical textiles and nonwovens."

More Costa Concordia Salvage News

As I've pointed out, the Costa Concordia saga symbolizes the drama that is Italy.

From the Globe and Mail: 

"The Costa Concordia wreck and the behaviour of its captain, who abandoned the ship ahead of many of the passengers, have been an embarrassment to Italians. But to Italy’s technology and fabrication industries, the wreck has been a source of pride.

The specialized engineering works designed to remove the Costa Concordia from a granite ledge next to the Tuscan island of Giglio will be tested in front of a global audience as early as Monday, when, weather permitting, the enormous cruise liner is to be winched upright and refloated."

Italy is a society that simultaneously produces the Mafia, Vatican and Dante. A nation of extreme points it seems.

Quotes Of The Day: Saving Italy

From Saving Italy. (Robert Edsel).

Letter to Commanders.

"Today we are fighting in a country which has contributed a great deal to our cultural inheritance, a country rich in monuments which by their creation helped and now in their old age illustrate the growth of the civilization which is ours. We are bound to respect those monuments so far as war allows..."  Dwight D. Eisenhower. p 67.

"We've been hitting targets around Florence for a long time, but we haven't actually hit in the city itself because approximately ten percent of the world's art treasures are located right here in Florence..."  Briefing commander. p 105.

A remarkable paragraph I came across years ago in a travel book contested that "60% of Europe's cultural masterpieces and 40% of the world's reside within Italy's borders."

It's an astounding figure indeed. I was never able to retrieve that quote but the above passage from the commander (indeed the book itself) is the closest I've come to finding it (to say nothing of glancing over Unesco's World Heritage Sites which Italy tops).

So if Florence held 10% is it out of the realm of possibility that other cultural centers like Rome, Naples and Venice and major cities like Milan can't come close or match Florence? Then come all the smaller but no less significant towns like Padua, Lucca, Urbino, Siena, Pompei, Verona, Bologna, Ravenna, Lecce, Como, Pisa and Assisi. To say nothing of the ancient villages and islands like Sicily, Murano and Torcello.

Together, these place make Italy a titan of cultural treasures unmatched in the world. The scope is indeed breathtaking and it's no wonder a band of American and British servicemen sought to protect what was left and undamaged by the war.

 I don't know if masterpieces destroyed over the years (the Nazis leveled the University of Naples, for example, a couple of times, while Monte Cassino was destroyed during the Allied invasion) factor into the figures. If not, then the depth of Italy's cultural heritage becomes all the more difficult to measure.