AI-based weapons detection security screening firm Evolv Technology has enhanced its presence in its home region by agreeing a partnership with the Boston Red Sox and the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise’s home, Fenway Park.
The Evolv Express screening solution will be introduced at Fenway Park beginning on Opening Day, March 30, when the Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles. Fans will be able to flow through security screening with less interruption for unnecessary alarms, reducing the backups and long lines that have historically developed at the entry gates.
The partnership also joins two Boston-area organisations, as Waltham-based Evolv becomes a partner of its hometown team. Evolv’s technology was rolled out last year at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution.
“The fan experience begins with creating a safe and secure environment at Fenway Park,” said Pete Nesbit, senior vice-president of ballpark operations for the Boston Red Sox. “This partnership with Evolv enhances our overall security program with innovative weapons detection technology and the added benefit of a quicker, more efficient entry process.”
Evolv Express uses powerful sensor technology with artificial intelligence in an effort to provide safer, more accurate threat detection at unprecedented volume and speed. It allows security officials to tell the difference between threats and the everyday items people carry in their pockets and bags in a free flow manner.
Fenway Park is one of 10 MLB ballparks partnering with Evolv as the 2023 season begins. “The Red Sox are always working to create one of the best fan experiences in all of sports,” said Peter George, CEO of Evolv Technology.
“Fenway Park is already partnering with JCI to keep the historic ballpark more efficient, sustainable and ready for the future through their smart buildings platform. We are thrilled to add to a level of innovation in safety without sacrificing that experience that makes Fenway such a great place to visit.”