Most people have heard of smartphones, smart cars and smart homes. Well now, let’s say hello to the smart airport and smart stadium!
First, imagine you arrive at an airport and as soon as you walk through the doors you notice you’re standing in an indoor forest with thousands of plants and trees including a butterfly garden and walking trails. Imagine the day your fingerprint, iris, or face becomes the future replacement for your boarding pass and ID.
Next, imagine a face-recognition software replacing the need for manual identity verification through human supervision. The passenger experience is sped up and airports are therefore more efficient. Could you imagine real-time maps showing you the location of your checked bag. These are the types of infrastructure investments and technologies that will, in theory, allow airports to largely eliminate the dreaded waiting we all abhor.
The Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, on track to open in 2019, leads the way in airport renaissance around the world. Jewel is shifting away from the decades-old paradigm of queues and security screens and evolving into a lifestyle destination. Can you imagine going to airport to go bowling, try out a new restaurant (bar) or site see like your in a museum?
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Support Technology Vision for New Stadium
Now, imagine exploring how tech impacts every aspect of a live sporting event today. It is now a given that fans are going to pull out their phones during a live event, and as a result, venues have new opportunities to enhance the experience and provide the level of connectivity fans now expect.
Finally, magine a stadium that offers reliable WIFI, and a stadium app that provides fans turn-by-turn directions to seats, a menu to order food from those seats, and an environment where IT and team owners can track attendance, social media sentiment, and even concession stand wait times via location analytics.
Levi's Stadium, which is home to the San Francisco 49ers and located in Silicon Valley leads the renaissance in stadium Information Technology transformation and is sure to serve as a potential blueprint for other sports stadiums around the world.
Set to open in 2018, Tottenham Hotspur and Hewlett Packard Enterprise will introduce their own connected smart stadium to the world. The new state-of-the-art venue will be the largest football club stadium in London, with a capacity of nearly 62,000 and will also host other major sport and entertainment events such as NFL games and concerts.
Failing to adapt to modern technology isn’t just frustrating for fans, it’s also hurting the bottom line, leaving customer engagement, commerce, and even team wins on the table. Technology helps enhance the fan experience immersing them in the pinnacle of entertainment. “It’s very impressive and so compact,” added captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. "When it’s full it’s going to be awesome. We are looking forward - we need a big, big atmosphere in this stadium. It’s going to be very modern, one of the best in Europe and we are lucky to be part of this project.”
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