The DTG and partners Digital Catapult, Global Wireless Solutions, O2, Rohde & Schwarz have secured Government support to develop a 5G mobile based platform to broadcast events in stadiums and other venues.
The platform would use FeMBMS (further enhanced multimedia broadcast multicast service) to provide enhanced interactive viewing experiences direct to devices in stadia and other suitable locations.
Alex Buchan, Strategic Technologist at the DTG said, “The efficient nature of 5G delivery and the low impact on data usage of broadcast technology will mean that it becomes viable to deliver more content, though more channels and to more devices. Leading to increased fan engagement with teams, an ‘all access’ opportunity for viewers, and increasing the appeal of sport across generations.”
The £2.3 million project has received £1.3 million from the Government as part of 5G Create, a competition to support innovators exploring new uses for 5G to improve people’s lives and boost British businesses.
“5G presents a huge opportunity to enhance the stadium experience for sports fans with seamless access to multi-angle video, replays and stats,” Matt Warman, Digital Infrastructure Minister. Project Vista is one of several high tech projects the government is funding to seize the full benefits of 5G for the UK, and I look forward to sharing the lessons learned with the UK’s wider live events sector.”
Those involved have already worked on a number on successful R&D work and 5G trials.