Philips Stadion set to trial innovative COVID-19 tech

Philips Stadion, the home of Dutch Eredivisie football club PSV Eindhoven, is set to trial innovative new technology designed to aid the return of fans to games during COVID-19.

Local newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad (ED) said the trial is set to take place during a PSV friendly match at Philips Stadion in August, using around 5,000 spectators. The ‘Brainport-armband’ is designed to allow the wearer to quickly know if they have been in close contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19.

A consortium of companies from across the Netherlands has reportedly won a tender process run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital) for the project. The consortium has been supported by PSV and partners in Brainport Eindhoven, a technology region in which companies, governments and educational institutions work together. These partners include Philips, ASML, High Tech Campus, VDL and Jumbo.

PSV has been assessing means in which fans can return to the stadium as soon as possible. PSV commercial director Frans Janssen said: “This new system can be incredibly useful to us and organisers of other events. It will be presented to the Executive Council of the Municipality of Eindhoven early next week.”

ED notes the success of the system depends on the discipline of its users. It is completely anonymous and claims to comply with all privacy legislation. Along with football matches, music concerts, festivals and the theatre, its developers say it could also be used on public transport.

Image: Philips Stadion