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07 July 2015

Amsterdam ArenA and Planon form partnership to stimulate facilities innovation

~ Amsterdam ArenA deploys Planon’s cloud solution to link all involved parties in a continuous improvement process ~

7 July 2015 - Amsterdam ArenA, the largest stadium in the Netherlands, has joined Planon in agreeing a three-year partnership. This will strengthen the two partners’ existing collaboration, combining their knowledge and experience to fulfil Amsterdam ArenA’s facility management and sustainability ambitions. The deployment of Planon’s cloud solution creates new opportunities to link all Amsterdam ArenA’s chain partners simply in one integrated solution, thereby innovating joint processes and services.

Collaborating on innovation
The recently-opened Amsterdam ArenA Innovation Centre is focused on innovations to ‘smarten’ the stadium, and the city of Amsterdam, and is intended to grow to become the ultimate knowledge and innovation centre in the Netherlands for smart and sustainable stadiums and cities. With its partners, Amsterdam ArenA is working on a variety of innovative solutions involving stadium development, mobility, waste, energy and connectivity. To stimulate innovation in the facilities services operation, Amsterdam ArenA – which has been a Planon client since 2006 – has opted for Planon’s cloud solution. With it the stadium integrates all the facilities partners in one platform, meaning more transparency and flexibility is created, there is a better insight into the quality of the service providers, and the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is reduced where possible.

Henk van Raan, Director of Facility Management for Amsterdam ArenA: “The objective of Amsterdam ArenA is to use the unique Stadium Management Concept to become the world’s leading stadium. We are working closely to this end with a variety of market-leading parties, including Planon. With its innovative Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, Planon will support us in the continuous innovation of our facilities service and adapting this service proactively to our clients’ changing demands. For example, the solution offers us the ability to measure, monitor, report and ultimately reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and the related costs for the stadium, in a structured way.”

Higher-professional-level facilities management students research and implement structural innovations and improvements in operational management, the range of services, and strengthen collaboration with the facilitative partners. This makes maximum use of the abilities provided by Planon’s software and the agreed co-innovation.

Marcel Groenenboom, General Manager BeNeLux for Planon explains with pride: “Amsterdam ArenA and Planon have a shared ambition to create an innovative platform which links all parties involved in the management and use of the stadium, in an ongoing improvement process. We are honoured that Amsterdam ArenA has opted again for Planon software to be able to realise the stadium’s optimum performance.”