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Promotional feature: Xn Leisure

Making science fiction a reality – the rise of facial recognition in health clubs across the UK

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 1

This September,
Xn Leisure orchestrated its first facial recognition system integration at the University of Exeter, with some happy consequences for security and visibility.

The new technology has replaced magnetic strips with faces, using biometric readings to guarantee that people entering the facilities are who they say they are.

With health and safety concerns on the increase, the new software has allowed the university’s sports department to breathe a big sigh of relief. They can now accurately monitor and measure who’s using facilities with absolute efficiency.

Stop fraud
The collective voice of many fitness operators is that membership cards and fobs simply don’t cut the mustard anymore. They’ve gone biometric in a bid to tackle the prolific bypassing of access devices and to modernise their facilities.

Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure, furthers this train of thought: “We regularly hear about issues with access points where customers try to circumvent card entry systems, or where queues form, often in wet areas.There’s also the regular cost of card or fob replacements.

“Facial recognition has helped make all these issues things of the past.”

A much quicker and more accurate way of determining who’s entering a facility, facial recognition works almost instantly upon sensing a person’s presence.

Communication between the hardware – namely the camera and barriers – and Xn Leisure’s system, which gives the green light to access, takes milliseconds.

24-hour gyms
This is particularly beneficial for 24-hour gyms, or centres with remote access points, where card cloning and passing undetected can be rife.

This improved customer visibility brings a host of positive effects, not least that membership data on record directly translates to gym users and their behaviours. This information can be used to improve customer experience and marketing moving forward.

On top of this, there’s the money saved in lost membership and access devices – an issue denting the pockets of gyms and health clubs across the UK. Once visitors into the gym finally begin to pay up for their memberships and gyms don’t have to fork out for lost keys, fobs and wristbands, bottom lines improve.

Jason Watts continues, saying: “Xn’s facial recognition is a robust solution which meets specific entry management needs, by simplifying admittance and data collection, while minimising barriers for customers.”

Details: xnleisure.com

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Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure
"Operators are going biometric to tackle the bypassing of access controls which is making a dent in their pocket from lost memberships. Once it’s in place they can begin to watch their bottom line improve"
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Promotional feature: Xn Leisure

Making science fiction a reality – the rise of facial recognition in health clubs across the UK

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 1

This September,
Xn Leisure orchestrated its first facial recognition system integration at the University of Exeter, with some happy consequences for security and visibility.

The new technology has replaced magnetic strips with faces, using biometric readings to guarantee that people entering the facilities are who they say they are.

With health and safety concerns on the increase, the new software has allowed the university’s sports department to breathe a big sigh of relief. They can now accurately monitor and measure who’s using facilities with absolute efficiency.

Stop fraud
The collective voice of many fitness operators is that membership cards and fobs simply don’t cut the mustard anymore. They’ve gone biometric in a bid to tackle the prolific bypassing of access devices and to modernise their facilities.

Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure, furthers this train of thought: “We regularly hear about issues with access points where customers try to circumvent card entry systems, or where queues form, often in wet areas.There’s also the regular cost of card or fob replacements.

“Facial recognition has helped make all these issues things of the past.”

A much quicker and more accurate way of determining who’s entering a facility, facial recognition works almost instantly upon sensing a person’s presence.

Communication between the hardware – namely the camera and barriers – and Xn Leisure’s system, which gives the green light to access, takes milliseconds.

24-hour gyms
This is particularly beneficial for 24-hour gyms, or centres with remote access points, where card cloning and passing undetected can be rife.

This improved customer visibility brings a host of positive effects, not least that membership data on record directly translates to gym users and their behaviours. This information can be used to improve customer experience and marketing moving forward.

On top of this, there’s the money saved in lost membership and access devices – an issue denting the pockets of gyms and health clubs across the UK. Once visitors into the gym finally begin to pay up for their memberships and gyms don’t have to fork out for lost keys, fobs and wristbands, bottom lines improve.

Jason Watts continues, saying: “Xn’s facial recognition is a robust solution which meets specific entry management needs, by simplifying admittance and data collection, while minimising barriers for customers.”

Details: xnleisure.com

fitness-kit.net keyword: xn leisure

Jason Watts, sales director at Xn Leisure
"Operators are going biometric to tackle the bypassing of access controls which is making a dent in their pocket from lost memberships. Once it’s in place they can begin to watch their bottom line improve"
Sign up here to get Fit Tech's weekly ezine and every issue of Fit Tech magazine free on digital.
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Editor's letter

Into the fitaverse

Fitness is already among the top three markets in the metaverse, with new technology and partnerships driving real growth and consumer engagement that looks likely to spill over into health clubs, gyms and studios
Fit Tech people

Ali Jawad

Paralympic powerlifter and founder, Accessercise
Users can easily identify which facilities in the UK are accessible to the disabled community
Fit Tech people

Hannes Sjöblad

MD, DSruptive
We want to give our users an implantable tool that allows them to collect their health data at any time and in any setting
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Jamie Buck

Co-founder, Active in Time
We created a solution called AiT Voice, which turns digital data into a spoken audio timetable that connects to phone systems
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Fahad Alhagbani: reinventing fitness

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Building on the blockchain

For small sports teams looking to compete with giants, blockchain can be a secret weapon explains Lars Rensing, CEO of Protokol
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My vision was to create a platform that could improve the sport for lifters at all levels and attract more people, similar to how Strava, Peloton and Zwift have in other sports
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Physical activity monitors boost activity levels

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Two-way coaching

Content providers have been hugely active in the fit tech market since the start of the pandemic. We expect the industry to move on from delivering these services on a ‘broadcast-only’ basis as two-way coaching becomes the new USP
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