5G PLANS FOR COWES WEEK THANKS TO £825,000 OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING

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Cowes Week has been selected to take part in a 5G test project by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

With £825,000 of Government funding as part of 5G Create – a competition exploring how 5G can improve people’s lives and help the UK build back better from the pandemic – Cowes Week Ltd and its partners, aql and the 1851 Trust, will deliver the ‘Connected Cowes 5G Project’ and showcase its capabilities at the Cowes Week regatta in the first week of August 2021.

Covering sailing from a spectators viewpoint has always been difficult but the Connected Cowes 5G Project will see high definition 360° cameras fitted to 50 boats at this year’s regatta, each of those cameras beaming back real-time, high definition pictures to the Cowes Live TV presentation, which will be shown on big screens around the town, as well as being available on the internet worldwide.

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A virtual reality lounge on the Parade in Cowes will enable spectators to don headsets and be transported out to one of the 50 boats, literally seeing exactly what’s going on right across the Solent.  Turn your head and the camera will show you what the crew are looking at right that second!

The new Cowes Week Spectator App will bring all of this technology directly to spectators both here in the UK and around the world, further enhancing Cowes Week’s global reach as one of the most famous sailing regattas in the world.  Race organisers will use the new technology to enhance their race management capabilities and with 700 boats circulating on 42 different race courses every day that is an enormous challenge in its own right.

Matt Warman, Minister for Digital Infrastructure said:

“Connected Cowes is just one of the ways we’re exploring 5G’s uncharted waters through our £200 million testbeds and trials programme. I look forward to seeing it demonstrate how 5G can allow anyone, even those hundreds of miles from the coast, to experience the thrill of yacht racing.”

aql, who are long-term sponsors at Cowes Week, are providing the technical infrastructure to make the project a reality and after the regatta the 1851 Trust will put together a 5G STEM learning package which will complement the already significant work that the 1851 Trust is doing in this area.

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An event like Cowes Week relies on sponsorship but in the past sponsor return has sometimes been difficult to quantify without the ability to put the sport on television. Using the Connected Cowes 5G Project as a test bed, however, CWL aims to bring exciting and engaging television coverage to Cowes Week, to sailing worldwide and thereafter to other non-stadium sports through a new sports media delivery company.

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Y.I-Man
Y.I-Man
12 days ago

And then came CV.

This is clearly NOT going to happen now, least, not this year. As this virus has mutated several times already, then who is to say those carrying it and not being vaccinated due to their age, or refusal of having such will not be the vessels in which new mutant strains, then perhaps resistant to the antivirus jab, we now have.

Can’t see this just suddenly ‘ending’ once all the 50 year olds are jabbed and then ‘carry on World’.

John
John
Reply to  Y.I-Man
12 days ago

5G TEST !

Chris
Chris
12 days ago

Great – spreading more virus via 5G!!!

David Icke
David Icke
12 days ago

It’s not an ‘anti-virus jab’. Not even the makers claim it will stop transmission of the alleged ‘deadly virus’, but, hey, if people don’t have an utterly untested vaccine – which is why it only has emergency and not full approval – they are somehow the cause of the problem. No – the cause of the problem is grown adults believing whatever authority tells them without question. That, in fact, is the real ‘virus’ and the real ‘pandemic’. Oh and I know – let’s have 5G, never officially tested for effects on health or psychology, and at 60GHZ within the… Read more »

J D
J D
Reply to  David Icke
12 days ago

paranoid drivel, and whats scary is you know it.

5G does not cause, has never caused, and never will cause any type of virus, including covid.

I will be reporting your comment as legally suspect.

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson
Reply to  David Icke
11 days ago

Seeing as the Isle of Wight has little to no 5G connectivity on the island at all (yet). I’m confused at your claim!

J D
J D
Reply to  Mark Johnson
10 days ago

why are you confused? David Icke is the moron who thinks the country is run by lizards. He’s a well known conspiracy theorist / idiot.

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