Cruïlla became the first 5G festival in Europe. Thanks to this initiative, the attendees at its tenth edition experienced what it feels like to enjoy a live concert from stage, beside their favourite artists, using 360° virtual reality and immersive experience.
Partners: Cellnex Telecom, ACCIONA, MASMOVIL, Qwilt y 5G Barcelona
Sector: Media and Entertainment
Use case: 5G technologies applied to virtual reality through a 360° immersive experience at the Cruïlla Festival in Barcelona.
Description of the technology: To carry out the project, ACCIONA provided the technology for capturing and viewing the 360° images necessary for this experience, with the installation of a 360° stereoscope camera on stage. During streaming this broadcasted the images in 4K to next-generation computers with a capacity to process 180 high-resolution images per second. These devices generated a three-dimensional visual effect to emulate the experience of being on stage with the artists
Cellnex Telecom installed the small cells through which the signal was received and broadcasted, as well as the optical fibre that connected them to servers, the 5G routers and a virtualized core. Spectators’ entire virtual experience practically took place in real time because of the edge computing data processing undertaken at a data centre. Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) was installed at this data centre to perform the functions of broadcasting the images closest to the end user and thus reduce total latency (the time it takes for data to reach the user). Qwilt was in charge of the Open Edge Cloud, a content delivery platform that guarantees the delivery of 360° video streaming to the 3D virtual reality headsets with the maximum quality and minimum latency possible.
MASMOVIL planned the 5G radio network that was used for the 360° immersive experience, using the licenses in the 3.5GHz band, the priority band for deploying 5G, as well as certification for the small cell deployment that was undertaken to ensure the necessary coverage and compliance with all the regulations for such installations.
Main solution or advance offered by the technology:
The result is a better experience for users, who can now feel part of the show.It will be used to encourage the development of new technological experiences in culture and entertainment.