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The Italian who brings light to Mecca


In 1979 Piero Cecchini, a young hotel-keeper in Cattolica, invented a digital signal transmission system that would make use of existing electricity cables. Today the lamps that light up Mecca during the time of the Haj pilgrimage, the street lights of Buenos Aires, Barcelona and other cities around the world are operated by a remote control system that is entirely Italian. 

In 1979 Piero Cecchini, a young hotel-keeper in Cattolica, invented a digital signal transmission system that would make use of existing electricity cables. Today the lamps that light up Mecca during the time of the Haj pilgrimage, the street lights of Buenos Aires, Barcelona and other cities around the world are operated by a remote control system that is entirely Italian. 

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