5G Crowd Analytics in Public Venues: What IT Leaders Need to Know

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Crowd analytics provides a way for sports teams to manage traffic flow around large facilities. It can also help other organizations do the same in settings such as airports, shopping malls, and hospitals.

Increasingly, the key to enabling crowd analytics is 5G networking, which makes the bandwidth possible to reduce latency at the edge.

“The fast connectivity and low latency enable real-time decisions around crowd data for stadium operators,” explains Rich Karpinski, principal analyst at 451 Research, a division of S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Sports leagues like the NHL use 5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) to improve operations around the stadium and boost the fan experience. In addition, Verizon offers 5G Ultra Wideband in some NBA arenas and 30 NFL stadiums as well.

Although Verizon wouldn’t provide specifics on which organizations are using crowd analytics, teams like the Phoenix Suns use Verizon 5G and MEC to enhance the fan experience with multiple camera angles.

A goal for companies such as Verizon is to address security, staffing, and traffic flow concerns of facilities operators, according to Jason Stevens, technical operational manager at Verizon. For example, facility operators can use the crowd analytics data to detect bottlenecks and direct traffic flow

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