5G VISTA has welcomed a further four cutting-edge tech organisations to drive the project from proof of concept to live stadium application. The DCMS-funded project demonstrates how enhanced interactive viewing experiences can be delivered direct to devices, using 5G broadcast technology at live entertainment venues.
The existing consortium, made up of Digital Catapult, DTG (Digital TV Group), Global Wireless Solutions, Rohde & Schwarz and Virgin Media O2, now includes ATEME, Imaginary Pictures, Ori and 5GIC.
Alex Buchan, Project Lead and Strategic Technologist at the DTG said, “We’re really excited to have these four organisations on board for the next development phase for 5G VISTA. Each consortium member brings unique but complementary skills from across the whole mobile media delivery ecosystem, and the new members are no different.
“From testing the cyber security credentials of the network to creating compelling user experiences and enhancing live experiences for fans, our new partners are applying bleeding-edge tech to drive down processing power, latency, and carbon footprint.”
ATEME will provide video compression and encoding solutions to enable the live content to be delivered over the 5G broadcast network, while Ori Industries brings a Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) platform to orchestrate ATEME’s solution on Virgin Media O2’s 5G network.
The University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) will be looking into multicast/broadcast security within the 5G VISTA project. The work includes the design and validation of end-to-end security for group communications using Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) and a lightweight multicast key management system.
Imaginary Pictures will provide the cameras, production and master control capability for the project’s demonstrations.
5G VISTA will be holding an exclusive showcase event for press and partners in London on 15th September.
For more information, or to request an invitation, please contact Georgie Wilks-Wiffen at [email protected].
Video in Stadia Technical Architecture (VISTA) will aim to take full advantage of 5G New Radio, enhanced Mobile Broadband, and 5G broadcast services, trialed with LTE feMBMS, to showcase new and exciting in-stadia digital experiences. This collaboration brings together complementary skills, knowledge and experience from across the whole mobile media delivery ecosystem from devices, to networks to broadcast to content and venues.
The following companies have joined together to test and demonstrate the technical feasibility and the business potential of the FeMBMS features in 5G:
- ATEME provides a containerized software encoding system, encoding and packaging the camera feeds into the correct formats for broadcast distribution by the feMBMS system.
- Digital Catapult provides provision of the 5G testbed network, validation of the business cases and assessment of further applications and market verticals.
- DTG provides project management, coordination and collaboration with the creative industries.
- GWS provides consumer behaviour analysis and market research.
- Imaginary Pictures provides production and live camera expertise for technical demonstrations.
- Ori Industries provides an Edge Compute (MEC) platform that enables workloads to be deployed at the edge of the network, supporting a multitude of use cases such as encoding solutions for live sports streaming services deployed on 5G networks.
- Rohde & Schwarz provides the equipment, systems and expertise for a multicast/broadcast overlay network based on FeMBMS.
- Virgin Media O2 combines the UK’s favourite mobile network operator with a broadband network offering the nation’s fastest widely-available speeds. It is providing 4G & 5G network solutions for the project, as well as the final showcase venue, and has strong associations with live sport and music.
- The University of Surrey’s 5GIC explores multicast/broadcast security within the 5G-VISTA project. The work includes the design and validation of end-to-end security for group communication.
Please contact [email protected] for more information.