The BBC R&D team, in partnership with the Roman Baths, and Aardman will showcase an app that aims to demonstrate how 5G networks might be able in the future to underpin high-value experiences, benefit the visitor economy and stimulate creative, high tech industries.
The app allowed participants in the trial to view the history of the Roman Baths through a ‘Magic Window’ where users hold up their device to see a virtual view that aligns with their real world location within the Baths. The app brings three distinct eras of the Roman Bath’s history to life, from the mythical story of King Bladud who discovered the Sacred springs in Celtic times, through to the Roman decay and onto the Victorian excavation and reconstruction of the Baths which is much as you see them today.
The app ran through a 5G testbed provisioned by the 5G Smart Tourism project, using a mix of the latest 5G radio and network technologies, capable of delivering high throughput and ultra-low latency to a large number of end users in densely populated areas such as the Roman Baths. It was tested by visitors to the Baths whose feedback on their experience was captured and analysed by the BBC R&D team.
The panel will demo the app and share some of the key findings from the R&D report with a focus on how 5G technologies and augmented reality might be used to enhance the visitor experience in the future and ways this could be exploited through social media.