How Santa Clara uses IoT, open data to tackle NFL invasion – StateScoop

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When the San Francisco 49ers moved into their new home in Levi’s Stadium for the start of the 2014 season, city IT leaders immediately started to think about how they could start pitching in to ease the congestion and chaos created by the sudden influx of football fans.

With up to 76,000 fans heading to the area for each game — a number that represents more than half of Santa Clara’s population of just over 120,000 residents — the city quickly realized it needed to get a handle on fan behavior, Garg noted at a panel at the Smart Cities Council’s “Smart Cities Week” conference Tuesday.

So his IT department decided to embrace the Internet of Things, installing connected devices around the stadium and its parking lots to get an idea of how many fans arrived for the game, and where they went once they got there.