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NFL, MLS teams enhance entry times through touchless security 

Attendees to some NFL and MLS games will now have a shorter waiting time thanks to newly implemented security screening technology.

Nissan Stadium, which is home to the Tennessee Titans, has reduced its security queues after utilising technology from Evolv Technology, which specialises in weapons detection through security screenings for venues and other companies.

Evolv also worked with Lower.com Field, which is home to MLS franchise Columbus Crew, to enable management to accommodate up to 16,000 fans entering the stadium through one gate.

Utilising Evolv Express, Lower.com Field was able to integrate security screening, ticketing and facial scanning, with the process becoming a more streamlined and touchless experience for MLS fans.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (pictured), which is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS side Atlanta United, has also improved its entry procedure and security screening process using Evolv technology.

Elvov encompasses technology driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect weapons upon entry, with organisers and management teams able to use its Evolv Cortex AI software platform and Evolv Insights analytics to continue to improve fan entry experience.

Operations and security teams are able to review Evolv’s dashboard for changes in traffic to identify improvements, such as repositioning scanners to enhance flow.

Peter George, chief executive of Evolv Technology, said: “We are transforming sports events from the era of waiting in large, threat-prone crowds, through long lines and invasive bag checks to a safer, touchless experience.

“Teams across the country are showing their commitment to fan-first experiences by implementing innovative technology, like Evolv Express, that delivers a positive impression from the moment a fan arrives. These teams don’t just claim to put their fans first, they’re doing it – and their fans are noticing.”

Evolv recently hired John Baier as vice-president of sports. Baier has spent the last 15 years with BSE Global, the parent company of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

He said: “We love watching fans’ faces when they realise they don’t have to stop as they walk through Evolv Express. Once a stadium implements Evolv Express, the atmosphere and energy level on the outside of the stadium matches the inside.

Image: Christopher Alvarenga on Unsplash