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Innovation Briefing Issue 9 | Project Roundup: 5G Connected Forest

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 17 May 2022
  • Last modified 26 Apr 2022
5G Connected Forest’s use cases focused on three research areas: visitor economy attractions, robotic environmental management and a programme to develop 5G skills and innovation.

The forest area’s history was brought to to life through group interactive augmented reality experiences blending legend and fact together, telling the story of Robin Hood and the history of Rufford Country Park.

Phil Hasted, from consortium partner Gooii explains, “In Sherwood Forest we’re using augmented reality headsets to create a virtual Robin Hood, alongside Marian, Little John and a whole cast of characters from the legend.” Entertainment pods with 5G enabled content educates and entertains guests with a mix of legend and fact. Innovative app based experience ‘Tag-in-the-Park’ provides a technology-rich, movie-based user experience that brings park visitors’ journeys to life.

To ensure that the forest habitat is protected and maintained for future generations to use this research area, this case focuses on managing the delicate forest environment. Robotic rangers in the form of the robotic dog Gizmo, alongside unmanned drone vehicles, assist and support the forestry management. The health of the sense forest system developed not only ensures that the health of the forest can be managed, but that the technology is also able to be deployed in emergency situations to support the team on the ground.

Preparing the workforce, especially young people entering the world of work, for these changes will be a key element of the project’s ambition to enable the successful adoption of mobile technologies and consequently the economic growth of Nottinghamshire. Working through Nottinghamshire’s new Digital Innovation Centre at the Worksop Turbine, a 5G careers programme has been successfully piloted with almost two hundred West Nottinghamshire College students, with the ambition of rolling it out to colleges and sixth Forms across the county through 2022.

The role of 5G in the project is integral because it requires low latency and high bandwidth.

The much lower latency enables users of the interactive, holographic movie experience to enjoy grouped experiences, ensuring that the equipment is able to send and receive more information than ever before. It is much the same with the robotic environmental management equipment: the robots are constantly sending data back to the forest management system, which enables quicker responses to real-time.

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