By Wasp Barcode Technologies
University of Phoenix Stadium is home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and also host to various conventions, trade shows, and concerts each year. The scoreboard production department is responsible for putting on not only the 10+ Cardinals football games each fall but they are also tasked with an additional 100-200 sports, entertainment and trade show events a year.
Nick Heller, scoreboard production assistant at the stadium, works with a crew to run the audio and video boards for all games, shows and events that take place at the stadium. To successfully run these events, Heller and the Scoreboard Production department work with large amounts of expensive production equipment, including television cameras, truss structures, speakers, and microphones.
The cost of the equipment needed to run the scoreboard show for the Arizona Cardinals football games or put on events such as the University of Phoenix graduation ceremony is extremely high. Any given day, $10,000 to $100,000 of equipment will be used depending on the event.
When Heller joined the Cardinals Scoreboard Production department, he quickly discovered that equipment wasn’t being tracked. There was concern that this could lead to lost or stolen equipment. If an item went missing, there wasn’t a sufficient way to fully investigate the items whereabouts because there was no way to determine who had last used it or where it had been used. With such valuable assets, it was imperative to have a system in place to track equipment for loss prevention purposes.