Touchless physical security company Evolv Technology has announced that Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, a large regional theme park and waterpark company in North America, is including Evolv’s AI-based, touchless threat detection system as a key part of the theme park operator’s extensive new safety measures for reopening its parks.
With Bill Gates among its earliest investors, Evolv’s award-winning threat detection systems work at the pace of life to accommodate thousands of people per hour – screening 50 million individuals to date in an expedient, respectful manner while facilitating social distancing. Evolv’s systems have prevented more than 5,000 weapons from entering a range of public and private facilities.
Six Flags operates 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The company employs more than 50,000 employees throughout North America and has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks, and unique attractions for 58 years.
Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will be the first Six Flags park to reopen. The park will operate from June 5-7 at reduced attendance levels in preview mode for Members and Season Pass Holders only. After a short initial reopening phase, Frontier City will gradually increase attendance levels throughout the month and expand to all guests. As part of the reopening process, Six Flags is implementing extensive new safety measures and hygiene protocols. These include several new advanced technology systems to protect park guests and employees.
Evolv Express is featured among those new systems and will be used to screen all park guests and employees upon their arrival. Facilitating social distancing while reducing person-to-person interaction through its touchless screening, Evolv Express requires no stopping, no emptying of pockets or removing bags. People simply walk through naturally, alleviating congestion and long lines at the entrances.
Evolv’s Cortex AI software platform automatically detects threats and enables real-time image-aided alarms showing guards exactly where the potential threat is on a person or in his or her bag. Doing so greatly reduces the amount of physical contact required between guards/personnel, those being screened and their belongings. Especially important with the COVID-19 health threat, this allows venues to implement a “no-touch” policy, where guards direct people to open their own bags and remove certain items for closer inspection.
“Evolv understands how critical it is for people to feel safe as they go about their daily lives,” said Chief Executive Officer Peter George at Evolv Technology. “In the past, screening has been slow, intrusive, uncomfortable and, all too often, ineffective. It’s time for the days of long lines and archaic, high-touch bag checks to become things of the past. By pairing our vision for how threat detection really should work with our cutting-edge, advanced technology, we are thrilled to help Six Flags provide an even safer, more friendly screening experience for all their guests and employees.”
Evolv Express can screen up to 3,600 people per hour – 10 times more than typical metal detectors – organizations can improve the performance of their security teams while reducing labor costs.
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