October 3, 2019
Cleats on the turf are first contact in every game, on every play. So every team in the NFL wants a perfect playing field: high-quality grass in optimum condition for 250-pound men to turn on a dime at high speed. And the League demands it: NFL rules require multiple turf-condition reports prior to and on gameday from stadium groundskeeping teams.
To collect essential turf data, the groundskeeping team at TIAA Bank Field (operated by SMG Inc.) uses the Greenkeeper Analytics application, hosted on the MindSphere cloud-based platform. The app employs six sensor boxes at the field level.
Every two minutes, the sensors send real-time data for six key performance indicators (KPIs)—weather; light conditions; temperature (ground, air, roof); fertilization; and moisture (ground and air)—to a data-collection device. The device transmits the data securely to the to the MindSphere platform, which hosts the Greenkeeper analytic and asset-management software that can assess the turf conditions.
The Greenkeeper application, which is a self-learning system, then can provide the groundskeeping team with information about the KPIs and activity tracking via a visual dashboard, with historical daily, weekly, and monthly values available.
What does this mean for gameday? The highest-quality turf possible. Superstars can perform like superstars. A home team and a home town that knows they offer such an optimal playing surface that no one thinks about it twice—the game is all.
Find more information on the Siemens / TIAA Bank Field partnership here.