Xtract One security might for Co-op Live



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Xtract One Technologies, a leading technology-driven threat detection and security solution that prioritizes the patron access experience by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), recently announced that it is partnering with the Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industry, to bring its fan screening solution to secure all entrances of the Co-op Live Arena in Manchester, England (UK) scheduled to open on April 29th, 2024.

Xtract One Technologies is one of the sponsors of Coliseum Summit US to be held at the GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City from June 5th-6th, 2024.

‘xtract one’ stated that the next generation, 23,500 capacity Co-op Live Arena is the largest arena in the United Kingdom and is Xtract One’s first OVG customer partnership in Europe. In this three-year contract, Xtract One’s SmartGateways will provide this new venue with fast and frictionless fan screening that optimizes their experience without compromising on security, with an AI-powered, multilayered security solution that secures all patrons.

Toronto (Canada)-based Xtract One Technologies is a leading technology-driven threat detection and security solution leveraging AI to provide seamless and secure patron access control experiences. The company makes unobtrusive threat detection systems that enable the venue building operators to prioritize and deliver improved patron experiences while providing unprecedented safety.

Xtract One’s innovative Gateway product enables the companies to covertly screen for weapons at points of entry without disrupting the flow of traffic. Its AI-based software allows the venue and building operators to identify weapons and other threats inside and outside of facilities, and receive valuable intelligence for optimizing operations.

Denver (US)-based the Oak View Group (OVG) is the global leader in live experience venue development, management, premium hospitality services, and 360-degree solutions for a collection of world-class owned venues and a client roster of arenas, convention centers, music festivals, performing arts centers, and cultural institutions. Founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015, the OVG is the leading developer of major new venues either open or under development across four continents.

The 23,500-capacity Co-op Live is an indoor arena in Manchester, England (UK). It is planned to have the largest maximum capacity of any indoor arena in the United Kingdom, greater than the existing 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, which is less than two miles away. As of 2022, the estimated cost of the scheme is £365 million. The facility which was scheduled to open on April 23rd is now due to open on April 29th.

The Oak View Group (OVG), the City Football Group (CFG), the English singer Harry Styles, and Co-op have joined forces to create Co-op Live, the biggest and best arena in the United Kingdom. Based in Manchester, the project is injecting £365m of private investment into the Northwest. The Co-op Live will be one of the world’s premier music and entertainment venues, rivaling New York’s (US) 19,500-capacity Madison Square Garden, the 17,505-capacity Kia Forum in Inglewood (US) and the 20,000-capacity The O2 in London (UK).

World class, planet-friendly and at the heart of the local community, the Co-op Live will deliver one of the world’s most pioneering, sustainable and socially responsible venues, delivering Co-op’s vision of a fairer world into the entertainment industry. The project will create 3,350 constructions jobs and 1,000 roles and apprenticeships on completion of the venue as well as giving over £1m back to the national and local good causes.

The Co-op Live Arena is located on the Etihad Campus (a 200-acre site in Manchester, England) and will host live music, sport, comedy, award shows, and family entertainment. Co-op Live’s smart ‘bowl’ design means it is big but intimate with cutting-edge visual technology, incredible acoustics and 32 bars, restaurants, lounges, and club spaces.

Manchester (UK)-based the City Football Group Limited is a holding company that administers the association football clubs. The group is owned by three organizations, of which 81 percent is majority-owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group, 18 percent by the American firm Silver Lake and one percent by the Chinese firms China Media Capital and CITIC Capital.

Xtract One’s SmartGateway is a patron screening system that uses AI to identify potential threats at the entrance of a facility. It can screen up to 2,400 people per hour per gate.

Exulted Gary Roden, Executive Director and General Manager of Co-op Live, “We are thrilled to partner with Xtract One to bring our cutting-edge security solution to the Co-op Live in Manchester. We pride ourselves on leveraging leading-edge innovation to bring our fans memorable experiences. The safety and security of our fans is always our Number One priority at Co-op Live, and partnering with Xtract One further helps us deliver this outcome. We are excited to launch this innovative project, and look forward to delivering an exceptional fan experience for years to come.”

‘xtract one’ further stated that the full deployment across all stadium entrances will account for UK-specific security risks allowing the security teams to protect the fans effectively.

Concluded Peter Evans, head honcho of Xtract One Technologies, “We are excited to expand our footprint and partner once again with the Oak View Group to provide our state-of-the-art security solution for the Co-op Live in Manchester. Our SmartGateway ensures that the security screening is fast, effective and most importantly, non-invasive, allowing the patrons to move through the entrance seamlessly. Most importantly, through our continued partnership with the OVG and Co-op Live, we have a strategic anchor upon which to build our pragmatic approach to growth and expansion outside of North America. We look forward to continuing to revolutionize the way venues approach security, outside of North.”

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