Tech Stack: MeetKai, Evolv Technology, Shift4 and more

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Immersive AI company MeetKai has partnered with the Detroit Pistons to create a ‘virtual world’ for the NBA basketball team.

‘Detroit Pistons World’ will feature a virtual fan marketplace, themed games, merchandise for purchase and gated content. The fan marketplace will use MeetKai’s AI-enabled digital twin technology to create an exact digital replica of the physical Pistons team store at Little Caesars Arena.

Evolv Technology, a provider of AI-based weapons detection security screening, has announced a partnership with Melbourne Cricket Club.

The partnership marks the first deployment of Evolv Express in Australia and the largest single-stadium deployment of the detection screening system outside of the US. The Melbourne Cricket Ground will use Express systems to screen fans at all entry gates.

Evolv has also partnered with Footprint Center, home of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.

Footprint Center will introduce Express screening systems at every arena entrance. Fans will be able to walk through the systems without always being individually checked by wands or metal detectors.

Integrated payments and commerce technology company Shift4 has been selected by MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants, to process point-of-sale payments throughout the venue.

Shift4’s solutions will seek to create a seamless transaction experience for Giants and Jets games, as well as other events at the venue. MetLife Stadium was recently awarded hosting rights for the 2026 FIFA World Cup final.

Coopers Stadium, home of A-League football club Adelaide United, will introduce facial recognition technology to enhance security and enable the venue to identify any persons of interest.

The technology will be used for the first time during the A-League Pride Cup match against Melbourne Victory on Saturday. Stadium operator Adelaide Venue Management has updated venue conditions of entry and signage at the stadium ahead of the rollout.

The Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team has selected cybersecurity firm Centripetal as the official cyber network security partner for the franchise and Fenway Park.

As part of the multi-year deal, Centripetal will deploy its CleanInternet solution at Fenway Park and the Red Sox’s training facilities.

An Evolution drone light show will be hosted at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge stadium on April 19.

The event, which will feature hundreds of drones, will celebrate the living world and feature a retelling of the Big Bang, the age of the dinosaurs and the dawning of modern humans. Glamorgan County Cricket Club recently announced plans to host the show at Sophia Gardens.