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Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijff ArenA partners with Security & Safety Things to enhance fan experience, health and safety

●  Johan Cruijff ArenA will utilize innovative video analytics to improve visitor flow, optimize parking utilization and offer fans an anonymous way to provide feedback about the stadium experience, among other uses.

● The Security & Safety Things IoT platform for smart cameras will integrate into the ArenA’s operational software to provide key insights into stadium operations and ongoing health and safety measures, especially useful since the pandemic.

● The partnership will provide a potential model for other organizations looking to deploy technology solutions to safely reopen.

Amsterdam, Feburary 17th, 2021 - Security and Safety Things GmbH is pleased to announce its partnership with the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam to deploy its IoT platform for smart surveillance cameras to enhance overall fan experience, optimize ArenA operations and increase visitor security and privacy.

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the ArenA is home to Dutch soccer champion team AFC Ajax and the internationally renowned Amsterdam Innovation ArenA (AIA), a living laboratory established by the ArenA and the City of Amsterdam to enable development and testing of innovative stadium and smart city solutions. The Security & Safety Things (S&ST) IoT platform and network of cameras is integrated into the ArenA’s dashboard software to provide information and analysis for safety and security as well optimization of stadium operations and visitor engagement.

“Every technology selected for our innovation environment is strategic because of the potential benefits not only to our ArenA, but to the City of Amsterdam and other stadiums and large event venues seeking technological solutions to help to re-open safely and operate their facility more intelligently,” said Sander van Stiphout, Director International, Johan Cruijff ArenA. “The unique flexibility of the Security & Safety Things approach enables us to simultaneously deploy COVID-19 health and safety analytics along with business optimization tools and easily re-equip the cameras with other analytic applications as our needs change."

If you want to visit Security and Safety Things at ISC West and get an idea of the innovative use cases, the App Store and the entire ecosystem, you will find the team at booth no. 10037. Furthermore, interested parties who are not at ISC West in Las Vegas, can alternatively find updates, news from the booth and about our partner collaborations on LinkedIn and Twitter during the event.

Applications deployed

A series of smart cameras on the S&ST IoT platform are installed in key areas throughout the stadium. Using specialized, Artificial Intelligence-enabled video analytic applications from the S&ST Application Store that run directly on each camera, each device will provide the ArenA with valuable operational insights. When the stadium reopens, crowd detection analytics will monitor social distancing compliance and visitor flow around entrances and food or merchandise kiosks. License plate recognition cameras will assist with real time occupancy monitoring for parking and traffic flow optimization. Queue detection applications can be employed to reduce visitor wait times by directing fans to less busy areas and by providing the insights required to optimize staffing levels at peak times. In one specific area, a camera also provides the ability for visitors to provide feedback about their stadium experience in an anonymous and contact-free way by detecting the visual of a “thumbs-up” or “thumbs-down” from a visitor, collecting only the rating without disrupting people flow.

“The flexibility of our smart camera platform and the ArenA’s mission of innovation are very well matched to produce the intelligence necessary to address real world issues of privacy, health and safety but also new and creative ideas for stadium and event management,” said Hartmut Schaper, chief executive officer, Security & Safety Things. “We’re honored to be joining the ArenA as an innovation partner and to help them provide a seamless and safe visitor experience."

The camera system and how it is used complies with all European and Dutch privacy regulations. Furthermore, there are various advantages to this camera system, when it comes to privacy. These cameras are equipped with powerful processors that analyze the images directly on the camera, reducing the need for a constant video stream to be passed on to a central location, where it can be monitored or further processed. Instead, the cameras can be configured to send only the information about relevant events such as when a long queue is forming, groups of people gather too closely, or individuals are not wearing face coverings as required. Only then will respective images be passed along. This reduces the processing of visitors’ personal information to an absolute minimum as opposed to a traditional set-up where all footage is transmitted and centrally processed at all times.

Learn more about S&ST’s applications for entertainment and stadium venues here.

The Johan Cruijff ArenA

The Johan Cruijff ArenA is the soccer stadium of the Netherlands, home to Ajax and a match ground for the Dutch national team. It also offers multifunctional accommodation for large-scale, national and international music and dance events as well as for smaller- scale meetings for (mainly) the corporate segment.

Established as a multi-functional stadium in 1995, the ArenA has since evolved to an innovative stadium, where mobility, sustainability, fan experience, security and technology combine into an Open Innovation Platform. One of the world’s most sustainable stadiums, the Johan Cruijff ArenA is regarded internationally as a role model and consultant for modern stadium construction and operation.

 

Contact person for press enquiries:

Fabio Marti, Security & Safety Things
Mobile +49 172 2497100
fabio.marti@de.bosch.com 

Andrea Gural, Eclipse Media Group on behalf of Security & Safety Things
Mobile +1 207 233 7507
agural@eclipsemediagroup.net 

 

Security and Safety Things GmbH
Security & Safety Things operates an open IoT platform that connects camera manufacturers, SoC providers, application developers, VMS providers, and systems integrators. Its goal is to accelerate the speed of innovation for security cameras and applications that make use of AI and computer vision. To achieve this, the company offers a free and open operating system for security cameras, a development tool kit for app developers and a device management portal as well as an application store for integrators. Security & Safety Things GmbH is based in Munich, Germany and has been on the market since September 2018.

Security & Safety Things and BOSCH
Security & Safety Things is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is part of Bosch’s strategic development of new digital growth markets. In the future, Security & Safety Things wants to continuously accelerate the expansion of its global ecosystem through external partners.

Bosch Group (Robert Bosch GmbH)
As a leading IoT company, the Bosch Group offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries.

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