In the face space
HEADQUARTERS: Sunrise, Fla.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Joseph Bocko
INSIGHT: The American division of the Slovakian technology company has been an active player in scoreboard control systems. But it has also moved into biometrics and has installed facial recognition-based systems at several arenas in Europe.
HEADQUARTERS: Encino, Calif.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Peter Trepp
INSIGHT: Active in facial recognition for a decade, the company is one of the oldest and most experienced outfits in the space. Its presence in numerous law enforcement, public safety and retail settings has more recently led to a growing business in sports.
HEADQUARTERS: South Africa, with North American headquarters in Minneapolis
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Tinus le Roux
INSIGHT: The roots of the company lie in fan engagement through megapixel images taken at stadiums and arenas. But as the product has improved, those images are now being used to track attendance patterns, fan sentiments and other insights. Fan content clients include the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants.
FOUNDED: 2017, the result of the merger of Oberthur Technologies and Safran Identity & Security
HEADQUARTERS: Billerica, Mass.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Ed Casey
INSIGHT: The company entered sports in October, signing deals with the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers to promote its TSA precheck biometric authentication program, called IdentoGo. The technology was also installed last month at Barclays Center.
NEC Corp. of America
HEADQUARTERS: Irving, Texas
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Masahiro Ikeno
INSIGHT: The subsidiary of the multinational information technology company has become an active player in facial recognition systems, both from a security perspective and a fan-facing one. Clients have included the NBA, LPGA and stadiums in Medellin, Colombia, and Taipei, Taiwan. The company boasts more than 150 public and private biometrics implementations in over 30 countries.
15 Seconds Of Fame
HEADQUARTERS: New York
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Brett Joshpe
INSIGHT: Operating under the tagline of “The Future of Memories,” the company offers clips of fans at sporting events captured on the stadium video boards or on TV. 15 Seconds of Fame, aided in part by longtime agent and dealmaker Sandy Montag, has built relationships with several pro leagues, the Big Ten Network and an array of individual pro and college teams.
— Compiled by Eric Fisher and David Broughton