Tech Stack: Eintracht Frankfurt, Bucks and more

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Our weekly tech round-up from the stadium and arena sector…

EintrachtTech, the digital subsidiary of Eintracht Frankfurt, and the EDAG Group engineering services provider are entering into a long-term partnership to research new mobility and logistics solutions in the Deutsche Bank Park.

The core of the partnership is the implementation of joint innovation projects under the leadership of the digital centre, called “Arena of IoT”. This will look at how technology can impact matters such as transport and stadium management.

In addition to the technological cooperation, the EDAG Group will have its own presentation area in the IoT garage adjacent to the stadium. The IoT Garage enables EintrachtTech partners to make the Internet of Things tangible for their customers, promotes networking in the partner ecosystem and acts as a co-creation workspace to implement joint innovation projects.

Dr Oliver Bäcker, head of the Arena of IoT digital centre, said: “With an area of ​​420,000 sqm, the Deutsche Bank Park is the ideal place to try out ‘Internet of Things’ solutions together with partners such as the EDAG Group. The extensive network of paths on the stadium grounds forms a perfect real laboratory for researching the practical use of an autonomous fleet of robots consisting of several EDAG CityBots.”

The Milwaukee Bucks and artificial intelligence (AI) provider GameOn Technology are partnering to bring a conversational AI chat experience to Bucks fans.

The new chat feature on the NBA team’s website and mobile app will consolidate information about the Bucks and Fiserv Forum into one AI chat, making it easier for fans to get quick answers to common questions. It allows the Bucks to respond to inquiries in real-time and provide a rich conversational and content experience that is focused on guest support inside Fiserv Forum and Deer District.

The chat, due to be launched ahead of the next NBA season, will also feature ticketing, merchandise and team information. Additionally, fans will be able to access league news and schedules, highlight videos and player stats directly in the chat.

The Florida Panthers NHL team is bringing ASAP’s on-demand delivery brand to FLA Live Arena.

The deployment of ASAP’s proprietary ordering technology allows fans to skip the concession lines and order their arena favourites – including alcohol – from their phones without missing any game action.

Fans can order food and beverages for pickup on the Waitr Holdings brand’s platform by scanning the QR codes in the concourse. In addition, ASAP platform brand ambassadors will be stationed throughout FLA Live Arena to boost overall fan experience and educate fans on mobile ordering.

ASAP’s mobile ordering agreement with the Florida Panthers is the first arena deal for the company with a National Hockey League team. ASAP has stadium service with multiple NFL teams, including the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints. It has also secured exclusive mobile ordering partnerships with the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.

The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks has signed up ParkMobile as the official parking provider for Honda Center.

The new partnership gives fans the ability to reserve parking in one of 3,500 spots in advance of Anaheim Ducks games and concerts via the ParkMobile app.

“Ahead of hockey season, we wanted to provide our fans with a safe and easy way to reserve and pay for parking at Honda Center,” said Doug Lakeman, vice president, parking & transportation for Honda Center.

Baltimore’s Camden Yards Sports Complex has begun a trial of Liberty Defense Holdings’ Hexwave detection solutions for concealed weapons and threats.

The on-site beta test will take place in the employee screening and VIP screening areas of the complex prior to the Baltimore Orioles MLB events occurring during this trial period. Currently, hundreds of Orioles employees are screened using magnetometers as they enter Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Hexwave is a walkthrough screening portal that can automatically detect hidden weapons and other potential threats, including both metal and non-metal items such as 3D-printed ghost guns and improvised liquid, powder, or plastic explosives.