The pandemic pushed the NFL to introduce new technologies for health and safety protocols at a high cost, but the additional layers of protection will save money in the long run for teams and venues, said Cathy Lanier, the league’s senior vice president and chief security officer.
Lanier spoke on a panel with security personnel from other leagues during this week’s Stadium Managers Association Annual Seminar. The event was held virtually Tuesday and Wednesday.
Facial recognition, biometrics and access control, among other touchless and contactless systems, were incorporated by many NFL teams. All were driven by COVID-19 and the need to protect all parties to proceed with the 2020 season, Lanier said.