The West of England Combined Authority hosts 5G Smart Futures, this Saturday (16 March), a 5G Smart Tourism Showcase at We The Curious, Mshed, Bristol VR Lab and in Millennium Square, unveiling the results of the UK’s most ambitious 5G testbed to date.
People can immerse themselves in the world of 5G and find out more about the networks and technology behind the 5G network, in and around Millennium Square on Saturday 16 March, from 10am to 4.30pm. With a mixture of drop-in and ticketed free activities. Book now to avoid disappointment, as some of the events have very limited capacity. Tickets can be booked via: www.watershed.co.uk/5G-Smart-Futures.
The 5G Smart Futures showcase marks the culmination of a year-long project looking at new 5G technology using the 5G testbed infrastructure in the West of England, developed by the University of Bristol Smart Lab. It will bring together experts who have been working to demonstrate the ground-breaking power and potential of 5G to show off their progress, offering a vision of what a 5G-enabled future allows.
Revealing the transformative power of 5G technology for audiences, visitor attractions, investors and public services, the showcase brings together some of the UK’s leading 5G tech pioneers for a day of innovative, cutting-edge demonstrations, playable experiences, talks and workshops, at M Shed, Millennium Square and We The Curious. Visitors will be invited to take part in a series of events ranging from virtual reality (VR) to augmented reality (AR) to 360° video and locative media, allowing them to sample a wide range of the future applications of 5G technology and its potential to transform tourism and commercial activity in the region.
The £8.2m 5G Smart Tourism project is led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), and part-funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. It brings together 19 organisations and oversees the creation of a testbed to demonstrate 5G capability, establishing the West of England as a world-leader in the development of advanced fixed and mobile communication systems.
Digital Minister, Margot James MP, said: “We all want to have fast, reliable and uninterrupted connectivity on the go and our 5G testbeds being rolled out across the country will help to make that possible. The 5G Smart Futures Showcase in the West of England will highlight the exciting potential of 5G technology, with the opportunity to enhance the experience of millions of visitors for years to come.”
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles said: “The West of England is well placed to become a smart region – we are already recognised as a centre of excellence, as home to the largest cluster of digital expertise outside London. We are leading the way in technology and our businesses and universities are at the forefront of innovation in next-generation networks, including 5G. We are ambitious to help support a commercial roll out of 5G infrastructure in the West of England and we see 5G as having a role in helping us address mobility across the region and in helping with digital inclusion.”
The 5G Smart Futures 5G Smart Tourism Showcase includes:
- BBC R&D demonstrating a new app with VR/AR content bringing the history of the Roman Baths to life
- Award-winning Smartify revealing an enhanced 5G gallery experience via bonus content including audio stories and videos
- University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab invite audiences to share in Orchestrating the Orchestra – believed to be a world’s first 5G experience – synchronising three classical musicians across inter-connecting 5G testbeds in Bristol, Digital Catapult and King’s College in London
- Industry innovator Landmrk welcoming visitors on an interactive, 360 video-guided tour around Bristol highlighting the vast contrast between 4G + 5G capabilities
- Mo-Sys immersing audiences in a 5G-powered virtual world with their StarTracker ViewFinder
- Mativision and InterDigital presenting a simultaneous 360° VR experience, revealing how 5G removes barriers to multiple users experiencing shared synced content
- Zeetta Networks, Bristol City Council, IBI Group and Bristol is Open showing how 5G can support large-scale public events, making them safer and easier to manage.
Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are delighted that one of Bath & North East Somerset’s iconic visitor attractions, the Roman Baths, will feature at the showcase. Demonstrating how visitor experiences can be transformed using the latest technology.”
5G has the potential to revolutionise the way people live and work across the West of England. Bringing speeds 10 to 20 times faster and the capacity to support billions of digital devices with much greater reliability and security, the technology provides super-fast, ultra-reliable networks with seamless uninterrupted connectivity. This offers huge opportunities for business and is likely to bring significant growth for the region’s tech sector. It will also revolutionise the Internet of Things (IoT) which could transform everything from assisted living to motoring to air quality.
This diverse collaboration includes 5G network hosts/research bodies (University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab), service providers (Zeetta Networks, CCS, Inter Digital and Bristol is Open) tourism and business support organisations (Destination Bristol), visitor destinations, tech hubs (Digital Catapult and Bristol VR Lab), SMEs and large businesses (BT, IBI Group, Smartify, Mativision, Landmrk, Bristol Futures Global and Mo-Sys), media and content companies (BBC) and public sector partners (West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Bristol City Council).
For more details on the #5GSmartFutures showcase timetable, and to book tickets, please visit: www.watershed.co.uk/5G-Smart-Futures.
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