Verizon Business (NASDAQ:VZ) and Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) have partnered to offer solutions that combine 5G Edge and Verizon’s 5G network in providing a safer in-person experience. This comes ahead of fans’ return to sports and entertainment venues such as arenas, stadiums, and event spaces.
Verizon and Cisco partners to enhance the fan experience at sports venues
In the wake of the pandemic, fans and large crowds’ return into entertainment and sports venues requires new measures that will make the experience more secure and enjoyable. This includes social distancing, contactless physical access, wayfinding, crowd management, as well as seamless payments.
The Cisco Sports and Entertainment is interfaced with 5G Edge, and also the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband powers it with mobile edge computing capabilities. The collaborative solution integrates with a range of Cisco innovations that include Cisco switching and data center tech, Cisco DNA Spaces for secure location analytics, connected venue analytics, and many more.
A joint solution to address various issues at stadiums
Cisco and Verizon will bring the future-ready infrastructure and digital experience to stadiums, thus helping solve pressing issues and offer new capabilities. This will help in leveraging analytics to predict waiting times related to check-in queues, concession stands, and restrooms. It also interfaces with mobile applications and digital signage to direct patrons to areas with shorter queues. The new capabilities will also help identify crowd density and manage crowd flows through the use of digital signage and messages to staff to help maintain social distancing.
Verizon Business SVP chief product officer Aamir Hussain said that although fans are enthusiastic about returning to sports venues tome are still nervous about large crowds. As a result, the joint solution with Cisco will help put minds at ease for the resumption of fan attendance in stadiums with reassurances that measures have been taken to safeguard their well-being. Hussian said that this was one of the 5G-enabled experiences powered by 5G Ultra Wideband, transforming in-fan experience in several stadiums.