Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions
Case Study

Data Logging for Cultural Heritage

Safe Transportation of Masterpieces


In Italy there are around 4000 museums. At least once a year there are certain events where art pieces are lent on a temporary basis, either in Italy or from abroad. Every art exhibition consists of approximately 100 art works and nearly one million total moved art pieces, not taking into account gallerists, antique dealers, and auction houses. Imagine you have to transfer a priceless masterpiece; it would be greatly important to have the guarantee that it’s safe from environmental changes like bumps in temperature, humidity, shocks and position variations.

people in the art gallery la galleria nazionale are looking at a picture
credit to photographers Mattia Panunzio (MP) and Fernando Guerra (FG)


In November 2017 the Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome commissioned one of the biggest Italian companies, dealing with art logistics, to use the Transport Data Logger (TDL) from Bosch to track one of their own masterpiece’s transportation.

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH (BCDS) got in touch with the Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in 2017 and asked them to try the TDL for one of their paintings. The Galleria Nazionale frequently makes use of companies specialized in arts logistics since it has to be sure that paintings with an inestimable value travel safely. Hence, there is the need to track the transportation process, measure environment conditions, and have a tangible proof of service showing quality and security.

Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions has recommended the Transport Data Logger, which can offer additional benefits compared to the competitors. These include, among others, sensors for measuring tilt, a long-lasting battery and the possibility to be utilized in airplane transportations.

Use Case

picture of the art gallery galleria nazionale di arte moderna e contemporanea
credit to photographers Mattia Panunzio (MP) and Fernando Guerra (FG)

Companies dealing with art logistics cannot underestimate the risk of superficial process management. If they pursue a low-cost strategy, they expose themselves to unthinkable consequences, as the potential damages are greater than any saving. The Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome possesses one of the greatest collections of modern and contemporary Italian art. With approximately 20,000 paintings, sculptures, art installations, drawings, and prints from 800’ and 900’ artist. When the art objects have to move, they require all the safety standards.

For this reason, the Galleria Nazionale used the Transport Data Logger from Bosch to monitor the transportation of Pellizza da Volpedo’s masterpiece, “Il Sole,” from Rome to Padova at Palazzo del Monte di Pietà (exhibition Rivoluzione Galileo from November 2017 to March 2018).

Measurements are recorded, sent via Bluetooth and visualized via mobile application. The TDL provides an added value for every logistical effort. It creates trust between partners and provides important data for the optimization of logistics processes. The Transport Data Logger is individually configurable, intuitive, easy to use and can be integrated with little effort and without prior knowledge of the processes of a logistics chain. The device deploys Bosch proven and reliable MEMS technology, and has a battery lifetime of up to two years.

The Role of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions

Being an innovative company, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions can draw on extensive software solutions, experience, and a comprehensive range of sensors from Bosch Sensortec. The TDL enables transportation companies to trace, control, and optimize their supply chain. It empowers companies to interpret and analyze the collected data to improve their current processes, save money, and increase efficiency.

Conclusion, Solution and Benefit

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The Transport Data Logger has been inserted, together with the painting, inside an adequate box with special internal packaging which protects the art work and keeps the environmental conditions stable. By using the TDL, it is possible to prove if the supply chain has worked properly or not.

Thanks to this, it has been possible to verify its proper functioning. Therefore, costs have been reduced around 30%, compared to previously used sensor devices.

All the parameters have to be contained inside the safety standards: tilt (90°), temperature (from 18°C to 23°C), relative humidity (from 50% to 60%) and shock (3g). In the event that the measured values violate the safety standards, it’s possible to trace with certainty when the mistake happened. Moreover, thanks to the Transport Data Logger from Bosch, art pieces can be transported by flight, which is difficult for competitor’s sensors, due to strong IATA regulations on lithium batteries.

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