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World's first stand-alone 5G network introduced in MotoGP

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 2 Sep 2021
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At the British GP, BT Sport, Dorna, Vislink & the University of Strathclyde showcased a private stand-alone 5G network

At the Monster Energy British Grand Prix, in a groundbreaking collaboration between BT Sport, Dorna, Vislink & the University of Strathclyde, MotoGP™ showcased the world’s first stand-alone private 5G network for sports broadcasting. Live pictures were broadcast to a worldwide audience from a 5G handheld camera which was on the grid before each of Sunday's races. An onboard 5G camera also beamed back pictures from a test bike.

Vislink supplied two brand new products for this trial. The first is a 5G version of their tried and tested H-cam handheld wireless camera transmitter, the second is a brand new 5G bike onboard transmitter that has been fitted to the media bike to bring live high-speed images from the heart of the action. These were connected to a private standalone software-defined 5G network provided by the University of Strathclyde that covers the pitlane, paddock and part of the circuit. These pictures were then supplied to the Dorna production team producing the International Production Feed (IPF) which is then shared with rightsholders including BT Sport. BT Sport also had the feed in their production gallery and cut it up live at the appropriate times to help tell the stories of the day.

Andy Beale, Chief Engineer BT Sport said “This was a successful collaboration between partners showcasing the power of a standalone 5G network to enhance sports production.” 

"We would also like to acknowledge the collaboration with Qualcomm in helping us achieve our joint goal," comments Mickey Miller, Vislink CEO.

About Vislink Technologies, Inc.

Vislink is a global technology business specializing in the collection, delivery, and management of high quality, live video and associated data from the scene of the action to the viewing screen. For the broadcast markets, Vislink provides solutions for the collection of live news, sports, and entertainment events. Vislink also furnishes the surveillance and defense markets with real-time video intelligence solutions using a variety of tailored transmission products. Through its recent acquisition of Mobile Viewpoint, Vislink also provides solutions for live streaming over 4G and 5G, as well as AI-driven solutions for automated news and sports productions.

BT Sport, Dorna, Vislink and the University of Strathclyde showcased a private stand-alone 5G network
The Vislink team also provides professional and technical services utilizing a staff of technology experts with decades of applied knowledge and real-world experience to the areas of terrestrial microwave, satellite, fiber optic, surveillance, and wireless communications systems, to deliver a broad spectrum of customer solutions.

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The above is in association with the DCMS 5G Testbeds and Trials programme, more specifically the 5G Edge-XR project.

About 5G Edge-XR

Among the work to be developed are virtual and augmented reality experiences to complement BT Sport’s services. 5G Edge-XR will for example demonstrate how 5G networks, coupled with cloud graphics processing units, could enable people to view immersive sporting events from all angles across a broader range of devices including smartphones, tablets, AR and VR headsets and TVs. It will also help realise the vision and potential of 5G networks to create new opportunities for UK businesses at home and internationally, and encourage inward investment.

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