According to Raphael Honigstein of The Athletic, Liverpool is investigating the use of a technology from Germany that could allow their fans to partially re-open Anfield Stadium when next season begins.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has taken an interest in the technology and this week the club is having talks with the Berlin-based business (G2 K), which developed it.
Borussia Dortmund and Hertha Berlin have successfully checked the artificial intelligence system, integrating automatic temperature and mask testing with computerized crowd control. It also ensures that social distancing laws are adhered to at the stadium stands and is expected to play an enormous role in the Bundesliga ‘s plans to slowly bring fans back to the stadiums when it kicks off next season in September. Liverpool, like others, has been financially hit with fans no longer allowed into the stadium and they must try to persuade the Premier League and UK government that the technology will play a key role in getting supporters back into stadiums.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is now looking to pursue innovative research and technology approaches that could help pave the way for people to continue watching games, and the Premier League is exploring ways that can happen.
Start-up companies are currently working on digital health passports and mobile apps and they may be critical to helping fans return to stadiums while ensuring protection. A digital health passport in the form of a smartphone app will help keep track of the test history, immune response, and other relevant health information from the Covid-19 holder and fans will need it and be certified fit to be allowed into stadiums.
Exploring the G2K-developed Liverpool system includes the installation of temperature-sensitive cameras and the equipment can be mounted in stadiums at a cost of around €100,000 per game within two weeks.
Recent research on technology showed an accuracy of 98.3 percent of automatic temperature regulation compared to individual inspections that took more time.
It does not use face recognition, collects data completely anonymously and can also accurately detect high temperatures and people who do not wear masks amongst large crowds