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Sky employs machine learning for Royal Wedding

Broadcaster pairs with Amazon Web Services to enrich live-streamed video content with facts about the attendees

Sky News will use pioneering cloud-based machine learning and media services to name guests as they enter the chapel ahead of the Royal Wedding on 19th May.

Accessible in the Sky News app or via, the Royal Wedding: Who’s Who Live functionality uses machine learning to enhance the user experience and enrich the video content with relevant facts about the attendees.

To deliver this service at scale, Sky News is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and two AWS technology partners, GrayMeta and UI Centric. As guests make their way into St George’s Chapel in Windsor, AWS will capture live video and send it to cloud-based AWS Elemental Media Services for multiscreen viewing optimisation. An on-demand video asset, including catch-up functionality, will also be generated.

Sky is also combining the GrayMeta data analysis platform with the Amazon Rekognition video and image analysis service for real-time identification of guests and tagging with related information.

Finally, Sky News is using the Amazon CloudFront content delivery network to unify the content for rapid distribution to viewers. UI Centric has designed and developed the front-end application and video player to enhance the experience and user interface accessed by Sky News viewers.

Video content from the application will also be made available on demand after the event.

On TV, Sky News will cover the Royal Wedding live in Ultra-HD on Sky Q.