F1 Case study


Connectus ensured a COVID-19 free experience for more than 100,000 visitors at the COTA Circuit in Austin, TX

2021 United States Grand Prix, which took place over 56 laps of the 5.513-kilometre Circuit of The Americas in Austin on Sunday, October 24. The race weekend drew over 100,000 attendees per day to experience racing action, music, amusement rides and local cuisine.

Connectus ensured a COVID-19 free experience for more than 100,000 visitors at the COTA Circuit in Austin, TX

Connectus Global, an Alberta, Canada based digital transformation and geospatial intelligence company recently announced the revenue-generating deployment of 15 Thurapass entry stations at the Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix held October 22-24, 2021, at the Circuit of The Americas (“COTA”) in Austin, Texas, as part of the Company’s reseller partnership with Austin based ThuraPass. The ThuraPass screening solution was used for hospitality suite entrances; the SI Sports Illustrated Club (or Chairman’s Club), Tower Club, Circuit Club and catering staff check-in at the world’s most prestigious motor racing competition and most popular annual sporting series. Food/beverage and catering staff were screened each day
before the event started.

Upon arrival, guests holding passes to enclosed hospitality areas and suites were asked to walk through the Thurapass Safe Entry Station to rapidly identify multiple symptoms of infectious diseases associated with COVID-19, displaying the result in the form of a red or green light. Guests receiving a red light was asked to take a self-administered rapid antigen test. The technology behind the Thurapass station was provided by Pre-dict Medix and Juice works events for logistics and fabrication of the units.

The stations were situated in four strategic areas of the compound to ensure when patrons were entering areas that require closer seating, and that they were symptom free and had displayed a COVID-19 test within the last 48 hours prior to entry.

What do the lights mean?

Red Light – A person had displayed symptoms that were outside of CDC recommendations for COVID-19 related manifestations including Red Eyes, Headache, Congestion, Fever, Cough, Exhaustion, Sweat Gland Activation. Additional Screening protocol required.

Green Light – A person displayed no symptoms and is free to enter the venue.

Sop Violation – This violation is detected when a person enters the screening station. This could be related to wearing glasses, wearing a hat, not centered in the screening station, atmosphere to dark to read the
persons facial features or could also mean that the machine needed to be calibrated.

Project by the Numbers

  • Total Scans – 6158
  • Red Lights 21
  • SOP Violations – 854
  • Percentage of Red Lights – Less Than 1%
  • Percentage of Sop Violations – 14%
  • Average Length of Scan – 2-3 Seconds
  • Required Staffing – 12 Personnel
  • Units On-site – 15
  • Total Scanning Capacity / 360 Patrons Per Hour
  • Total Scanning Throughput Capacity – 144,000 Patrons

The implementation of the ThuraPass Safe Screening Stations ensured that the event was a huge success, Connectus was able to offer the circuit of the Americas with enhanced confidence in the health and safety process while maintaining a low impact entry management process.

The Circuit of the Americas events including the Moto GP and the F1 races are both prestigious events that have a high range of experiences and ticketing options, to allow each patron to ensure the highest level of engagement from the events’ multiple day engagements.

While reviewing the data from the event it was established that the over all confidence of the solution was 99% with relative sensitivity of 98% with a 14% SOP violation rate and under 1% Red Light or additional screening requirement. Overall, we are certain that this technology will give greater confidence in large event screening for health symptoms as it relates to COVID-19 and other auto–immune or infectious disease use cases with similar symptoms of methods of detection.

Mike Anderson, CEO of Connectus Global, commented, “We were excited to be working with the COTA teams on their extended health and safety plans. The safety of patrons was the top priority of the organization and the steps they were taking to ensure a safe return to live events truly re-enforces them as leaders in the industry. It’s great to see how big data can inform decision making in this space.”

“The ThuraPass COVID-19 screening system gives peace of mind to fans entering enclosed spaces, ensuring that venue operations staff are not currently showing signs of infection,” said Michael Kirschner, Co-Founder at Uptown Sports Marketing. “It is the most efficient and cost-effective way to mitigate risk and provide a safe event.”

Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is a Grade 1 FIA-specification 3.426-mile (5.514 km) motor racing track and facilities located within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Austin, Texas. The facility is home to the Formula One United States Grand Prix, the IndyCar Classic, and the Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas, a round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship.

Connectus Global is a leading Alberta-based solutions provider for process automation, worker safety and location monitoring applications across industrial and business sectors. With an integrated suite of digital workforce management and business continuity systems, the company’s internationally deployed solutions work to improve industrial safety, operational efficiency, and crisis recovery planning. Connectus has offices in Calgary AB, Victoria BC, Houston TX, and Singapore to support their customers operations.

RTLS – Use Case


World Leading Independent Energy Producer

Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) is not only the largest independent natural gas producer in Canada, but also has the strongest and most diversified energy asset portfolio of any independent energy producer in the world. CNRL recently acquired the Pine River Natural Gas processing plant from Enbridge Energy in which the facility exports low pressure LNG and sulphur.

Improving Employee Safety During Turnarounds
Oil and gas is traditionally an industry with higher safety risks and the strongest efforts to minimize them. The refinery facilities experience planned and unplanned maintenance shutdowns and turnarounds. During this maintenance operation, 350 workers, most of whom have never been on a site before, are coming to work at the site. Not only are the place and colleagues new to them, but they are coming in with various work habits and industry norms. All of those just increase the level of risk in comparison to normal maintenance
operation and require increased safety and preventative measures.

In case of an emergency, a paper-based mustering system was used at CNRL Pine River, which meant that they needed 120 minutes to complete the mustering process and some eight minutes to produce the evacuation lists at each of the mustering stations.

The objective of the digitalization of the mustering process was to know quickly how many people were in the safe area or in the hazardous area and to decrease the action time to help the injured ones as in these emergency situations, every second counts.

RTLS – Use Case


Largest Refinery in Canada
The Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John is Canada’s largest refinery, producing finished energy products for wholesale and retail markets, including gasoline, diesel, heating oil, jet fuel and asphalt. More than 1,600 of its employees help to produce over 320,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Improving Employee Safety Using Digitization
The Saint John refinery suffered a large industrial accident in 2018, causing extensive equipment damage as well as injuries to workers. Regulatory requirements were put in place to improve the handling of emergency situations and increase the efficiency of mustering.

To achieve this goal, Irving Oil decided to use RTLS hardware as a full access control system, to confirm operator rounds during routine maintenance, utilize the man down functions as well as any emergency being guided by handheld tablets. This would ensure faster rescue operations by immediately being aware of any injuries and preventing further ones by limiting unauthorized access.

This is even more important in the times when the facility coordinates regular planned maintenance in the form of shutdowns and turnarounds. As the facility is new to some of the incoming maintenance contractors, this is a matter of bringing safety to the employee / contractor through utilizing this new worker initiative and bring familiarity and competence to all end users. This requires increased safety and preventative measures.

100% Reliability Required in a Crowded High-Risk Environment
Sections of the facility are full of metallic objects, causing tracking technologies such as RFID to lose their signals, resulting into low reliability. As well, during events such as mustering, there is an increased possibility that all the employees can be at the same location, making it impossible to track them using narrowband RF tracking technologies.

E- Permit – Use Case


Woodside undertook a major project to develop an Electronic Work Permit to standardize its permit to work processes, risk assessment, and isolation management as part of its ongoing program to improve the safety of its workers.

Prior to implementation, Woodside faced a number of issues including:

  • More than 60% of incidents had permit-related causal factors.
  • Heavy reliance on written permit procedures – approximately 5,000 pages.
  • Personnel moving between company sites had to learn and apply site. specific interpretations of procedures.
  • Inconsistent interpretation and application of procedures.
  • Over-use of permits resulting in excessive administration to the detriment of work control.
  • Ineffective learning of lessons across the organization.

Woodside recognized that an electronic permit could harness the power of computer technology to ensure that business rules around permit to work, certificates, hazard i.d., risk assessment, and isolation management were applied consistently. Woodside decided to develop a purpose built system that was flexible enough to meet stringent requirements and Australian regulations.

Woodside rolled out its PTW (Permit to Work) program to move more than 4,000 users across its offshore and onshore oil and gas production facilities and achieved significant improvements including:

  • System documentation reduced by 98% (from 5,000 pages to 100 pages)
  • Significant efficiency gains (e.g. isolation scheme preparation time reduced from six hours to 15 minutes)
  • Permit related incidents have fallen from more than 60% of total incidents to fewer than 20%
  • Increased security of isolation schemes, permit hierarchy and work control
  • Greater hazard awareness among the workforce, and an ability to share lessons learned rapidly between facilities