- Technology company Restrata worked on behalf of Abu Dhabi Cricket to provide a biosecure environment for players, match officials, and all stadium and hotel staff at last week’s Abu Dhabi T10.
- Hardware was installed across hotels, stadium and transport – ensuring a complete biosecure bubble solution for all involved in the ICC-sanctioned tournament.
- The project further cemented Restrata’s credentials in the live sport industry, following the company’s support for the relocated IPL 2020, the behind-closed-doors first biosecure test series between England and West Indies in July and subsequent internationals hosted by the ECB.
- In providing support to the world’s premier 10-over cricket spectacle, Restrata enabled the Abu Dhabi T10 to conduct track and trace, prohibited access and capacity management, social distancing and contact tracing across cricket stadia, practice facilities and hotels – putting safety first.
Restrata supported Abu Dhabi Cricket in the delivery Abu Dhabi T10 and bilateral series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The project involved the British technology firm providing a biosecure environment across all locations including stadia, hotel and transport. The Abu Dhabi T10, as the competition is commonly known, is the only International Cricket Council (ICC) 10-over sanctioned competition worldwide, and ran from 28 January – 6 February 2021.
As provider for the Abu Dhabi T10s, the Restrata COVID-Safe Platform offered a biosecure bubble environment that kept players, match officials, stadium and hotel staff isolated during the competition period, so as to reduce the risk posed by COVID-19.
The Restrata Platform hardware was installed across all tournament hotels, stadia and transport, providing the complete biosecure solution. The Platform offered huge benefits to the competition at a time when the sport industry has been facing severe challenges; this included social distancing; instant contact tracing (were any positive COVID-19 cases to arise, thus reducing exposure to risk and allowing time to take action), access restrictions (including zone management and capacity limits at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium), communications, symptom screening, and creating capacity limits and the chance to ensure a bio-secure bubble.
A data-driven approach to reporting was enacted which ensured the tournament fully complied with UAE Government protocols. Data was gathered and shared in real-time, thereby helping ensure effective communication between players and staff and provide a common operating picture for all management and staff which, in turn, helped minimise the risk of COVID-19 at the tournament. Restrata also offered 24/7 monitoring and support throughout the duration of the tournament.
The Abu Dhabi T10 was the latest sporting competition to benefit from Restrata’s COVID-SAFE Platform, which was deployed successfully to deliver the relocated IPL 2020, the first biosecure test series between England and West Indies, held behind closed doors in July, and then repeated during other England fixtures, including the series against Pakistan, Ireland and Australia, and for the successful Twenty 20 fans trial at the Kia Oval Cricket Ground between Surrey and Hampshire, which saw fans given COVID-SAFE fobs as part of the UK Government’s return of spectators to live sport strategy. Aside from sports, Restrata has successfully supported countless businesses and critical industries by managing workforce safety and to help them get back to work by deploying the Restrata Platform + COVID SAFE technology.
Matt Boucher, CEO, Abu Dhabi Cricket, added, “Ever since the global pandemic first struck, Restrata has built up a strong track record of stepping in for the greater good of sport by providing a technology platform that puts player and tournament stakeholder safety first. It was great working with Restrata on the 2020 Abu Dhabi T10 and the bilateral series involving UAE, Ireland and Afghanistan held here at Zayed Cricket Stadium. Restrata helped us manage our quarantine program, zoning at the stadium, capacity limits, isolation restrictions and procedures, which allowed the series to run smoothly by allowing the players and support staff to concentrate on the cricket.”
Botan Osman, Chief Executive Officer of Restrata, said:
“I am delighted that Restrata provided a safe, biosecure bubble environment for players, officials and staff at this year’s Abu Dhabi T10s – the only ICC-sanctioned 10-over competition in the world – and I commend the leadership of Abu Dhabi Cricket for adapting to the risk and integrating this system efficiently to allow the competition to go ahead and put safety first.
“In providing our Platform for the Abu Dhabi T10s, it was of paramount importance that players, officials and staff knew that our cutting-edge technology was there to provide them with confidence and safeguard their wellbeing – to put their safety first.
“It is increasingly clear that technology has a critical role to play in the continued return of confidence to the global sport industry and wider business industry, and we at Restrata continue to be passionate about helping the sector recover from this pandemic throughout 2021.”
Founded in 2006, Restrata has been a pioneer in smart tech solutions that help multi-nationals safeguard their people, strategic assets and physical infrastructure in some of the most challenging operating environments in the world.
The Restrata Platform is an integrated safety, security and mobility cloud-based software. It is designed to manage the safety of people across sites, offices and countries around the globe. In response to the pandemic, Restrata developed a COVID-Safe component within the Platform, creating a technology-enabled bio-secure environment for the safe return to operations in any industry.
The Restrata Platform + COVID-Safe is already operational across offices, companies, venues and international tournaments around the world. And in our uncertain world, The Restrata Platform can flex to address most safety and security concerns, leaving you and your workforce as protected and resilient as possible.
ABOUT ABU DHABI T10
Abu Dhabi T10 is the world’s only ten-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format competition. The second edition of Abu Dhabi T10 will be held from 28th January – 6th February 2021. Abu Dhabi T10 is a UAE product that has grown into a globally accepted cricket format. Matches have a 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side totaling 90 minutes of play.
The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. The Abu Dhabi T10 tournament is a short, high energy format loved by global audiences and international cricket stars alike.
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Ben Nichols, Communications Consultant
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