Soccer enthusiasts in Kansas are set to be some of the first sports fans in the city to fill stadium seats since the arrival of COVID-19 thanks to temperature-sensing access control from Digital Ally. The safety and security specialist announced its partnership with Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer Club.
The team-up saw Digital Ally’s ThermoVu non-contact temperature readers – which have optional biometric facial recognition capabilities – deployed at Children’s Mercy Park in time for Sporting KC’s August 25 match against the Houston Dynamo.
“We are taking all precautions possible for a safe return to live sports for fans, players, staff and all in attendance,” said Kurt Andrews, Director of Sports Medicine for Sporting KC. “Utilizing the ThermoVu technology will be a big part of our safety precautions.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, temperature screening technology has been consistently put forward as a COVID-19 response measure, particularly when paired with contactless biometrics such as face or iris recognition. The aim is to prevent subjects who show signs of fever – a common coronavirus symptom – from entering a facility. When automated with contactless physical access control, this kind of technology can help prevent bottle-necking, maintain social distancing measures, and eliminate the need for manual temperature screening.
“The pandemic has brought widespread attention to the importance of virus-fighting weapons such as our ThermoVu temperature-screening device,” said Digital Ally CEO Stan Ross. “We’re proud to partner with such a great organization as Sporting Kansas City in bringing fans back safely to major sporting events.”
Of course, sporting events are not the only spaces where contactless temperature screening and biometric access are making a difference during the pandemic. Airports, for example, are also turning to this kind of screening technology to help create a safer environment as they seek to encourage air travel in the wake of the initial coronavirus outbreak.
August 25, 2020 – by Peter B. Counter