The Future Is Contactless: How Technology Is Going To Be The Solution To Reopening Sporting Venues
I think that we all have a bit of cabin fever from the lack of social contact with one another, especially when it comes to sharing awesome experiences such as attending concerts and seeing live sports – nothing beats the live experience. However, to protect the health and wellness of artists, athletes, spectators, and all others involved, practically all events and sports at every level (from amateur to professional) were cancelled or postponed across the globe. The Olympics and Paralympics, for the first time in the history of the modern games, were postponed, and are now anticipated to be held in 2021.
Despite some encouraging case and vaccination numbers around the globe, there’s a lot of talk of how when we’re able to get back to a more real sense of normalcy such as attending large events, that they will be extremely limited versions of what we’re accustomed to. But it doesn’t need to be that way. In fact, there’s a lot of sentiment that COVID-19 is actually going to drive positive change and improve the customer experience like never before.
According to Deloitte, the future of sports venues is contactless and that stadium technology will help enable a safer, smarter, and more enjoyable fan experience. If you’re interested, we’ve included an infographic from Deloitte at the end of this post where you can take a quick look and follow a fan as he experiences what the new digital, contactless sporting experience looks like. We concur with almost everything included, however differ in what we believe a truly elevated fan experience includes: individual privacy and method of temperature screening.
We fully agree with Deloitte and another research group that temperature screening should be a part of the venue entry process, however, we disagree with implementing thermal cameras in order to accomplish that. Several environmental conditions must be met to accurately monitor temperature which we believe the ThermalPass excels at versus the thermal cameras, but moreover, there is a significant global pushback regarding the lack of privacy stemming from the use of these devices and the potential concerns and implications surrounding facial recognition technology. ThermalPass uses thermal medical grade sensors to take 1,200 temperature readings per second. This allows for individual privacy and adherence to social distancing protocols. The system allows for 60 people, per minute, to pass through and requires no recalibrations once set up. ThermalPass is lightweight and assembles and disassembles in less than 10 minutes at any designated entryway. It also comes with its own software that offers enterprise solutions that integrate with existing software platforms.
If you or someone from your organization is interested in finding out more information about the ThermalPass or to request a quote, please visit https://www.thermalpass.com/.
ThermalPass is not making any express or implied claims that its product has the ability to eliminate, cure or contain the COVID-19 (or SARS-2 coronavirus) at this time. That said, it is a very compelling component in any healthcare institution’s COVID-19 toolbox to aid in the thoughtfulness of social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing/sanitizing protocols, and all of the other mindful and effective risk mitigation practices we’ve all been employing to help keep the pandemic under manageable control. distancing, mask wearing, hand washing/sanitizing protocols, and all of the other mindful and effective risk mitigation practices we’ve all been employing to help keep the pandemic under manageable control.