5G Smart Tourism 2020-09-18T14:44:43+01:00

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Mativision is using 5G to overcome barriers in current technology. They have developed a product that allows many users to experience the same VR reality at the same time. The purpose of this product is to assess how this technology can perform when a 5G networking infrastructure is used, and to what extent those limitations can be overcome.


Digital Outreach for Culture

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Smartify’s goal for the project is to implement digital initiatives that can deliver a better pre- during and post-visit visitor experience that not only secures lasting connection with the venue and maximizes the ROI but, more importantly, provides a better engagement with younger audiences who currently expect a digital interaction on the sites.


Mobile VR and Heritage

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The BBC presents an exciting opportunity to test the capabilities of 5G in a visitor attraction setting (The Roman Baths). The use case offers a ‘window through time’ and interactive visitor experiences by investigating different technical approaches. Video and images make up the VR experience to transport the user through time. This use case investigates two technical approaches to stress different aspects of 5G performance.


Network Slicing

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Zeeta Networks shows how 5G technology can be used to enhance the planning, management and incident response within an urban setting. This is of particular use at large public gatherings, such as festivals, concerts or fairs. An essential characteristic in defining a 5G network is the ability to provide a unified view of the network’s architecture for control, slicing and orchestration.


3D Motion tracking

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An opportunity by Mosys to use 5G technology to explore 3D motion tracking. Using VR technology, tourists can walk around and experience a high quality virtual world, without the burden of uncomfortable hardware. The product incorporates wireless technology that feeds in to a remote server running the experience.

5G Smart Tourism

The 5G Smart Tourism project is led by the West of England Combined Authority and funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It brings together 21 organisations and will see the expansion of the region’s 5G testbed to demonstrate 5G capability, establishing the West of England as a world-leader in the development of advanced fixed and mobile communication systems.

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Harnessing this new technology could hold the key to a more connected, more advanced and sustainable future for the West of England.

As well as supporting the visitor economy, super-fast and ultra-reliable 5G is expected to offer an increased level of connectivity and new opportunities for businesses, including better remote working, and is likely to bring significant business growth opportunities for the region’s tech sector.

5G will also support communications between emerging technology which will have a huge impact on people’s lives, allowing the public sector to test new ways of delivering services, and encouraging businesses of all sizes to explore new commercial opportunities.

5G technology could help to make our communities safer, greener, more efficient and more attractive places to live.

We believe the West of England can become the first ‘smart’ region, using new technology to link up our transport and homes, hospitals and schools and revolutionising the way we all live, travel and work. Our ambitions are well placed – we are home to the largest cluster of digital expertise outside London, and our businesses and universities are at the forefront of innovation in next generation networks.

Use cases

Government has invested in a nationally coordinated programme of 5G testbed facilities and trials, as part of over £1bn of funding announced to boost the UK’s digital infrastructure.

The 5G Testbeds and trials Programme at DCMS was set up as a centre of excellence in 2017, to press forward the work in this area. The Programme encourages and funds the creation of a series of Testbeds and Trials in a range of geographic and vertical market segments. It explores the benefits and challenges of deploying 5G technologies in line with the following key objectives:

aim to stimulate market development and deployment of 5G technology and infrastructure in the UK

create new opportunities for businesses, developing capability and skills, and encouraging inward investment
ensure the UK secures an ‘early mover advantage’ in the investment and development of capability and skills as future 5G products, services and applications evolve
Testbeds will help industry understand the challenges of deploying new technologies according to the developing international standards for future 5G networks. Testing 5G applications will help prove different applications (use cases), bringing ideas closer to commercial viability for future markets.