SailGP has expanded its partnership with T Mobile in order to employ 5G to provide innovative, immersive views of live race action for viewers.
The sport is using T-Mobile’s 5G Advanced Network Solutions technology in the United States to power new action cameras mounted on SailGP’s 10 F50s, the 50-foot flying catamarans that race at speeds upwards of 60 mph, to stream live, high-definition video from each F50 to SailGP’s London broadcast studio.
The wireless cameras are embedded with 5G modules, making them ideal for mounting where needed on the F50s, and can utilise AI to track athlete movement, ensuring that every moment of action is captured, said SailGP.
“SailGP and T-Mobile for Business are committed to pushing the boundaries on innovative ways to bring fans into the middle of the action through on-board, live camera views,” said Warren Jones, SailGP’s chief technology officer. “Plus, our athletes can now access real-time data, which further accelerates the decision-making capabilities for our 10 national teams.”
Across the SailGP F50 fleet, 125 sensors are mounted on each F50, sending 300,000 data points every second through T-Mobile’s 5G routers, resulting in 48 billion data points in just one race day. “Our F50 catamarans are essentially massive Internet of Things (IoT) devices that also provide incredible entertainment for fans whether they’re in person or watching from around the world,” added Jones.
You can read more about SailGP’s broadcast workflows in the September issue of TVBEurope. Sign up to receive a copy here.