Gillette Stadium bolsters security with crowdsourcing technology


Gillette Stadium, home to the NFL’s New England Patriots and MLS’s New England Revolution, has announced it will be harnessing the power of its fans to help boost security and safety thanks to new a crowdsourced technology platform.

With a capacity for 65,878 fans on game day, keeping track of everything that’s going on can be a challenge for even the most sophisticated security systems, but Gillette Stadium has partnered with Vizsafe and its Geoaware Services Platform, which will enable users to report incidents via their smartphones.

The service uses real-time reporting, mapping and visual communications of incidents, which will be monitored by the venue’s operations and security teams. With the number of smartphones being used in and around the stadium, the system will be able to leverage a powerful resource to help keep crowds safe.

“The Vizsafe platform provides our security, operations and facility management teams with real-time actionable intelligence so they can address safety or security risks quickly and efficiently,” said Mark Briggs, TeamOps COO and Gillette Stadium’s head of security.

“With Vizsafe, we can map and share critical visual information with our partners in public safety and law enforcement to coordinate a response using the Vizsafe platform and the power of crowdsourcing.

“We have also added Vizsafe’s Fansource, so that our guests and visitors can instantly send us geolocated photo, video or text reports about any issue of concern to help us provide the best possible fan experience for everyone.”

Vizsafe is the first decentralized network that crowdsources safety through blockchain incentives. To act as an encouragement for people to get involved with the system, once a user’s report is authenticated by a venue’s employee using the same app, they are rewarded with Spot tokens to their smartphones, which are a form of digital currency and can be used to upgrade seats or buy food and drink at concessions.

May 23, 2018

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