One of the things this pandemic has taken away from us, or at least made it more uncertain, is the set of sport events, concerts And sociocultural manifestations that previously dotted our calendar. Although it is obviously not among the most serious losses due to the current situation, its socio-economic impact is not negligible, nor can it be completely compensated by the growth of online events. One hope, however, could come from technologyand especially by the system S4FE extensionan all-Italian technological solution for the monitoring of entrances and gatherings recently protagonist of two stages of the Tour of Italy. In order to tell us about it, we therefore interviewed two members of the young startup of the same name behind the project.

S4FE: technology at the service of events

The main idea behind the innovative system is to be able to allow physical events yes in safety, but with the least number of physical barriers possible. As stated by Stela Karabina, member of the team: “It is something that already happens with other devices of our daily life, that is the digital that is everywhere but that we don’t seewhich regulates our behavior without invading our freedom to move within the space.”

To achieve this goal, S4FE first of all provides for various hardware components. A device equipped with a monitor, the planettakes care of welcoming and counting the participants, possibly also checking the tickets but above all verifying the presence of the mask and measuring at a distance the temperature. The results of these measurements are not shown to the user, to avoid friction in using the device. As he tells us Peter Rustici, another member of the team: “We realized that we don’t want to create alarmism, it’s simply something that is not necessary”.

Once the entrance has been passed, the movements of the participants are monitored by a set of sensors, called satellites. These are in all respects advanced cameras that collect data on the distribution and the distance between people. “They allow us to calculate how close people are And how long. So to have one heat map of the situation within the chamber division picture, plus other slightly less relevant information.” continues Peter.

Evaluate the risk with a simple value

The set of devices, however advanced and well designed, is still at the service of the part software processing and analysis and the drafting of the reports, the ultimate goal of S4FE. This data collection is done in full compliance with the privacy of individuals: the information taken at the entrance is anonymous, and also the final report is filtered with only what is requested by the organizer, with no possibility of profiling.

The extracted and analyzed data is condensed into the so-called Risk Indexthat is, an estimate of the safety healthcare of that particular event. This data, which can be consulted on the organizer’s website, can be used by people to make a more informed choice when they decide to participate. Above all, however, it serves the organizer himself, who can use this and other information received for certify the safety and the measures taken or, in case of a non-ideal score, to intervene and improve them.

Yours in the field at the Giro d’Italia

S4FE was presented in the field at the 19a And 20a stage of the 103rd Giro d’Italia. RCS extension Sport, organizer of the event, has in fact foreseen the installation of the system in theHospitality area from Asti And Sestriere. This occasion made it possible to visualize a possible scenario for the restart of events in a more concrete way. Stela tells us: “We had the opportunity to do a first test of the device with sample checks. It was all done with the aim of testing not only the product itself, but also the way it came perceivedin which he was caught within the event”

And the reaction was excellent: “We had very positive feedback, in fact we didn’t even need to ask to test the product, because people were the ones who approached us very closely. curiosity and with a lot enthusiasm. The feedback from RCS itself was also positive. This was a very focussed edition ondigital innovationtherefore believing in a reality born recently and in complex conditions was a great challenge both for us and for RCS“.

The future of events?

After the success of the test with the Giro d’Italia, S4FE is ready to take the next steps. “We imagine it very applicable in sectors such as the culture, L’instruction or in general the events hey large commercial spacesthe places where it is important to focus on the interaction between the individual and the space, and therefore also on the most flexible and agile way of using the space” continues Stela.

At the moment, however, the system is oriented towards medium-large events, because, in addition to making less sense in contexts that are too small, it requires the use of the entire team of 5 people behind the startup. “It’s not about renting the single device, it’s about having it behind it a series of services that accompany the device and its use. It means having the staff who follow the procedure of the devices on-site. It also means having the staff following up on the back-end the reporting And information processing. It also means having, throughout the collaboration, the certainty of having people who are in any case available and who use the device as instrumentnot as an ultimate goal“.

The margins for improvement will therefore be, rather than on the scalability of the system, on the front of process scalability. “We have noticed the fact that we are very synchronized, and this gives us reason to think that it is possible to manage too more events insidewhy not, of the same week, and therefore being able to have a much more cadenced rhythm”. Either way, however, it seems that whether we come to a sporting event, conference or concert, we will hear more from this company and its system.