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Born in Milan, Italy, Enrico Massetti is a retired visionary entrepreneur and inventor.
In 1973 when he was 26 years old, Enrico devised a hand-held computer to help the field auditors of Nielsen, the company where his wife was employed, to perform their operations more efficiently. His idea started a multi-years multinational project financed by Nielsen, mainly the development of software for a custom database management system. Of course, for many years, there was no hand-held computer device available on which to run the software: Intel had just introduced the microprocessor.
In 1974 Enrico started his own engineering development company in Milan, adding to the Nielsen contract several other projects to develop microprocessor-based systems and products for Italian and European clients. This activity brought the products of his clients to the most updated technologies of microprocessors and microcontrollers.
In 1980, one of these systems was the European Parliament electronic voting system, the first-ever LAN – Local Area Network – of over 400 microcomputers. Enrico, with his engineers conceived, designed and built the system, and Olivetti sold it to the European Parliament. They had two systems installed: one in Strasbourg, France, and the second in Luxembourg four months later.
|What went wrong the first time the second system was used.|
What went wrong
The system failed at the first vote because a few people did press the key of their vote when the power was turned on, and their terminal went into “maintenance test mode”, starting transmitting, and screwing up the network communication… This was NOT a feature of the first system installed four months before in Strasbourg France, but it was requested by the engineer of Olivetti, Enzo Costa. My only fault was not to have been able to tell him “NO you cannot have it" when he asked for the feature! Anyway that evening I sat for five hours in front of the system console looking for 500 times if a light was coming on on the transmission line monitor panel, and switching off and on again the power for that section if it did! The most exhausting five hours of my career, but we made it, and at the end Olivetti paid for the reprogramming of all the terminals to take out the wrong function they requested.
In 1982 the Nielsen software was finished and ready for use, but still, there was no hardware available. Therefore Nielsen asked Enrico to develop the hardware too: a hand-held battery-operated personal computer with one megabyte of SSD hard disk memory. In a few months, he completed the development, and the unit was ready for production. After an extensive and unsuccessful search in the entire USA for a company that could manufacture the device, Nielsen decided to do it themselves at their engineering department in Florida and offered Enrico to move him and his family there to manage the project. The computer was manufactured in several thousand units and was used by Nielsen subsidiaries in the USA and several European countries for several years.
Completed the project, Enrico worked for 14 years for Nielsen to expand its TAM – Television Audience Measurement business around the world. He designed a new television metering system, the Eurometer, that made Nielsen competitive in the world markets and used in 14 countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Enrico coordinated this development with development groups between Finland, the UK, Florida, and Texas at a time when there was no internet (and not even e-mail).
In 1998 Enrico retired from Nielsen. He holds 11 patents on television and radio audience measurement.
Now Enrico writes, publishes, and sells online Italian tourist guides.
Since the debut of the Internet in 1997, Enrico has also prepared several websites related to Italy:
Italian-visits.com – is a set of 20 websites, one for every Italian region, with info on tourism in Italy.
Cooking-Italian.com – is a website with recipes for authentic Italian cooking.
Italian-salami.com – a comprehensive guide to Italian charcuterie.
Tango-dancers.com – where he sells books on tango and has detailed information about places to dance the tango in Italy and the world.
Tango-adornos.com – fine gold-plated tango jewelry made by Italian artisans in Chieti.
Contact Enrico: email@example.com