Levi's Stadium Tests IoT-Based Self-Service Bag Screening

Visitors are using the Qylatron Entry Experience Solution as an alternative to manual, visual inspections of purses or bags brought onsite.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec 08, 2015

Levi's Stadium, home to the National Football League (NFL) team San Francisco 49ers, is employing a sensor-based screening solution to offer a less obtrusive way for attendees to submit their bags and belongings to security checks. The solution, provided by Qylur Intelligent Systems, also uses Internet of Things technology to better identify the items that pass through the sensor device, and to determine what is of concern and what can be disregarded.

The system, known as the Qylatron Entry Experience Solution, has been installed at Levi's Stadium for approximately six weeks. To date, says Jim Mercurio, the stadium's general manager and VP of stadium operations, it has been used for tours and private events. The solution replaces a manual method of inspecting visitors' bags before they enter.

At Levi's Stadium, a visitor places her purse in one of the Qylatron's five scanning pods.
Levi's Stadium, located in Santa Clara, is a football stadium with a visitor capacity of 68,500. NFL football games, as well as concerts and other large events, are held at the stadium, while it provides tours to groups on weekdays. In 2016, the venue will be the site of Super Bowl 50.

The stadium, in accordance with NFL security rules, forbids backpacks and other large bags from entering the facility, though it does allow small bags or purses. Any visitor who brings in a purse or bag must open it so that a staff member can visually check it for any unapproved items, such as a weapon or something that could be used as such.

Recently, a group encompassing the stadium's security, customer service, operations and marketing departments began looking into the Qylur technology as a means of making the screening process simpler, faster and more user-friendly. "We're always looking to utilize technology to enhance our security applications and game day experience," Mercurio says. So this past September, the stadium installed a single screening device to test how visitors responded to it, how well it integrated with existing security screening protocols, and whether it reduced customers' time spent in line, as well as enhanced or improved the experience for users.

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