With artificial intelligence they will control crowds and income to stadiums in Qatar

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With facial recognition and temperature checks, authorities hope to maintain order during the World Cup

With artificial intelligence they will control crowds and income to stadiums in Qatar

With artificial intelligence, the authorities will be aware of the safety and experiences of the fans.

For the World Cup, Qatar will have a technology center in which will use artificial intelligence to monitor and control various activities of the fans in each of the matches. This will allow better organization in an event that brings together millions of fans.

The point will be located in Doha, the capital of the host country, and will work 24 hours a day, so around 100 technicians will be working to monitor what happens with the more than 1.2 million fans expected at the World Cup.

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For monitoring the authorities had screens through 200,000 integrated units, as well as 22,000 security cameras distributed in the eight stadiums that will host it.

From there they will be able to monitor the entrance of the fans to operate the doors, make sure there is water and keep the air conditioning on for the different stages, since temperatures between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius are expected during this time of year, although for the inauguration is expected to be above 30 degrees this Sunday, November 20.

With artificial intelligence they will control crowds and entrances to stadiums in Qatar

With artificial intelligence the authorities will be aware of the safety and experiences of the fans.

Along with this there will be a facial recognition system to see the face of each of the 80,000 fans who attend the Lusail Iconic Stadium, for example, where the final of the tournament will be played on December 18.

The people who will be operating this control center will be experts in cyber security, anti-terrorism and transportation, together with officials from Qatar and FIFA.

“With one click, you can go from one stadium to [another] stadium, because we have everything integrated through our centralized platform, in terms of facility management, security, health and safety, and ICT operations” , said Hamad Ahmed al-Mohannadi, director of the center.

According to the authorities in Aljazeera, this is the first time that a World Cup has this concept of a 'connected stadium', which will help improve security in future events of this style.

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With artificial intelligence they will control crowds and entrances to stadiums in Qatar

With artificial intelligence the authorities will be aware of the safety and experiences of the fans.

The help of Artificial intelligence is applied, for example, by counting the number of people in the same place and applying a threshold. If there are more than 100 people in an area, technicians can see bottlenecks, check how doors are working, and ensure the flow of fans.

“Through this command center, our centralized platform gives us the opportunity to have a quick response, more performance in operations with fewer people,” said Al Mohannadi.

On the potentials cybersecurity problems, the director of the control center knows that it is something that can happen inside and outside the sports venues, so “we are making sure that the systems are secure and we do it as a routine now to make sure that during the FIFA World Cup no incident occurs”.

All these resources were allocated to improve the experience of fans during the World Cup, but also to avoid situations of chaos like the one that happened in the last Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris, when police used tear gas and pepper spray against fans trying to gain access to the match.

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