SEP 2022 SBJ

Wicket CEO: Facial recognition uses expanding

Manandhar talked with SportTechie CEO Taylor Bloom at the AXS Sports Facilities & Franchises and Ticketing Symposium about the increasing acceptance of facial-recognition, and what teams should think about when consider whether to use it.

SEP 2022 CRAIN’S CLEVELAND BUSINESS

Here’s how the Browns are making it faster to get into FirstEnergy Stadium

“It has greatly reduced the amount of time and friction that comes with entering the stadium.” “It’s so much faster,” Covert said… “We’ve had really good feedback from this.”

SEP 2022 SPORTTECHIE

Wicket’s Facial Recognition Ticketing System Focused on Increasing Opt-In Rates, Tech to Expand for Concession Purchases

Wicket’s facial recognition ticketing system has been adopted by 20% of fans at Lower.com Field for entry into Columbus Crew MLS games.

SEP 2022 SBJ

Wicket finds success with Crew, Browns, for facial recognition tech

Wicket CEO Sanjay Manandhar said that his company has thus far never had a case on its system inaccurately ID-ing a fan entering a stadium. “The Browns are going to be its third season now, and the opt-out rate (for Wicket) is 0%.”

SEP 2022 BIOMETRIC UPDATE

Wicket and Verizon join forces for biometric stadium entry

The deal will see Wicket accelerate the deployment of its company’s facial recognition ticket entry system at sports venues that run on Verizon’s 5G network.

SEP 2022 SBJ

Verizon, Wicket team up on facial recognition

Verizon will now offer 5G Edge Accelerated Access to stadiums in partnership with Wicket, which includes opt-in facial authentication ticketing for fans entering a venue.

SEP 2022 VERIZON

Verizon Business boosts connected venue roster with 5G Edge Accelerated Access

Leveraging Wicket’s cloud environment, 5G Edge Accelerated Access is an opt-in solution that uses video analytics, facial authentication, and optional ticket scanning that is enabled by a mobile edge compute infrastructure.

AUG 2022 BIOMETRIC UPDATE

Biometrics deployed for sports fan entry trial in Atlanta, cocktails in Denver

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home to the Falcons and Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, is planning a trial with between 50 and 100 holders of season tickets in the club-seat section.

aug 2022 ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Fans’ faces could become future tickets to Falcons, Atlanta United games

Eventually, tens of thousands of Falcons and Atlanta United fans may opt to enter the stadium via facial recognition or another form of biometrical authentication, rather than by pulling up mobile tickets on their phones.

jul 2022 BIOMETRIC UPDATE

Mets expand Wicket partnership

Now, according to the company’s Chief Technology Officer Mark Brubaker, hundreds of fans have already signed up for Wicket’s Express Entry at Citi Field this season and uploaded a selfie to the MLB Ballpark app to take advantage of the stadium’s facial recognition systems.

jun 2022 sporttechie

Mets See Wicket’s Facial Ticketing as Beginning of ‘Inevitable’ Facial Recognition Journey

Mets CTO Mark Brubaker sees the team’s partnership with Wicket’s facial authentication technology growing to many uses at Citi Field beyond ticket entry for fans.

APR 2022 FIND BIOMETRICS

New York Mets Offer Face-based Entry at Citi Field

The New York Mets are rolling out a face-based ticketing system for the 2022 season. The Entry Express solution was developed by the computer vision specialist Wicket, and uses facial recognition to verify the identities of fans and to check digital tickets as people enter Citi Field.

APR 2022 SPORTTECHIE

The New Face of Baseball: Mets to Roll Out Facial Recognition Ticketing at Citi Field

The Mets exhibited facial recognition ticketing system on Thursday at Citi Field as part of a showcase of the ballpark’s new amenities for 2022. Computer vision company Wicket has partnered with the Mets to add its facial ticket kiosks at all stadium gates after a pilot last season.

mar 2022 New york post

New 4K video boards at Citi Field among upgrades Mets fans will enjoy

As part of the stadium’s digital renovation, Citi Field, in partnership with Wicket, has adopted face-recognition technology. The new feature, dubbed Mets Entry Express, will allow fans to opt-in and enroll to upload face recognition similar to that used by iPhones.

2021
DEC 2021 DEPORTE TECNOLOGICO

Los New York Mets se apuntan al reconocimiento facial

Esta tecnología empezó a probarse en el verano de 2020. En aquel momento, se usó para controlar la entrada de los jugadores al campo. Ahora, se instalará a partir del año próximo en las puertas de entrada principales del Citi Field.

DEC 2021 BIOMETRIC UPDATE

Wicket Biometric Ticketing Lanes Extended to all Entries for New York Mets Fans

Mets Entry Express is an optional face biometric ticketing program for faster, touchless ballpark entry through dedicated lanes, with easy online enrollment. 

DEC 2021 SPORTTECHIE

New York Mets Expand Wicket’s Facial Recognition at Citi Field

Wicket, whose facial ticketing system has also been used by the Cleveland Browns and Columbus Crew, will officially serve as the Facial Authentication partner at Citi Field.

DEC 2021 BUSINESS WIRE

New York Mets Partner with Wicket for Facial Authentication at Citi Field

The New York Mets have chosen Wicket as their Facial Authentication partner at Citi Field to enhance the fan experience. The Mets and Wicket will focus on deploying a series of facial authentication applications at the ballpark.

DEC 2021 BIOMETRIC UPDATE

Biometric ticketing reaches NFL, deployed to new soccer stadium

“This technology has cut the time it takes to get into the stadium by more than 50 percent. When it comes to funneling thousands of fans into the stadium at the same time, this adds up to significant time savings.” 

oct 2021 stadium tech report

Easy Entry: Columbus Crew pushes the technology envelope to speed up stadium entry

“If you’re enrolled in the free Crew Express Access program it takes about a half a second for the Wicket Kiosk to recognize you, and you’re in. And with one scan, an entire group can walk in. With regular mobile ticketing, you can’t do that.”

AUG 2021 CLEVELAND BROWNS

Browns introduce Express Access at FirstEnergy Stadium

Express Access is the latest initiative through the Browns’ Responsible Restart Plan, which was enacted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and will remain in place to provide fans with the safest and best possible experience when they attend Browns games at FirstEnergy Stadium.

JUL 2021 SPORTS PRO

Sports Tech 101 – Stadiums and venues

SportsPro on Wicket: An innovator in stadium and venue tech solutions.

“‘Sports technology’ is an inherently amorphous and unwieldy term. In truth, technology is having a revolutionary impact on all parts of modern sports, from how it’s played to how it’s administered to how it’s consumed.”

JUL 2021 BUSINESS WIRE

Columbus Crew partners with Wicket for Facial Authentication at Lower.com Field

“Our priority is to provide personal, convenient, and accessible encounters for fans that deliver a frictionless experience from the time of arrival, and that is why we have partnered with Wicket.”

JUN 2021 COLUMBUS CREW

Columbus Crew announces matchday experience details at Lower.com Field

In partnership with Wicket, the Crew Express Access Program at Lower.com Field will allow fans to enter the stadium with one glance at an iPad, creating the first truly frictionless ingress experience.

MAY 2021 SBJ

Power Players: Sports Facility Technology

Wicket’s CTO, Sanjay Manandhar, was among the 60 individuals chosen who create, customize, sell and operate the technologies that make it possible for stadium and arena operators to tackle modern stadium facility issues.

MAY 2021 SBJ

In-venue Tech: Experience is Everything

SBJ speaks with Wicket about Future venues, which they feel will rely on connectivity, artificial intelligence, and a blending of realities to create personal encounters for fans while retaining a sense of community.

APR 2021 THE ALLDUS PODCAST

AI in Action: Sanjay Manandhar

When it comes to Facial Authentication, “like credit cards… [concern] went by the wayside very quickly because the convenience is too much.”

APR 2021 PROFILE MAGAZINE

Cleveland Browns Build a Smoother Fan Experience

“You could see the excitement on their faces, never having to pull out their phones to show an electronic ticket.”

FEB 2021 YAHOO! SPORTS

Verizon Stadium of the Future

Kim Rometo, CIO of the Miami Dolphins, discusses the possibilities of expedited entry with Wicket technology.

DEC 2020 SBJ

Browns, Wicket Finding Success With Facial Recognition

Ben Fisher from Sports Business Journal checks in with The Cleveland Browns to discuss their partnership with Wicket

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