Driving awareness of marine impact, science in sailing and maritime technology through 5G

Working with Cowes Week and the 1851Trust, aql will build a 5G network across the Solent to enable high quality virtual reality (VR) footage and real-time telemetry from the many Solent sailing regattas.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) funded Connected Cowes project will explore the use of 5G technology to stream real-time, VR video from on-board yachts racing during various Solent regattas to create engaging content and an immersive teaching experience.

High definition 360° cameras will be fitted to boats sailing in the regattas, each of those cameras beaming back real-time, high-definition live video content.

To inspire the next generation of sailors and scientists, aql will work with the 185Trust to create new teaching resources that demonstrate the uses of 5G and get hands-on with aql’s IoT sensor platform to bring science and technology alive. Each resource is linked to specific areas of the national curriculum and uses the context of sailing at Cowes Week.

Connected Cowes - the Exploration zone

Ben Cartledge, CEO 1851Trust and aql Chairman, Prof. Adam Beaumont talk to budding sailors, scientists and engineers at Cowes Week 2021.

The Impact :

  • Deliver more engaging and immersive content of racing across the Solent.
  • Seamless streaming of real-time, virtual reality video from racing yachts.
  • Improved race management of sailing boats on racecourses across the Solent through Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.
  • Immersive teaching experience supporting the future of sailing.
  • Use 5G to further grow sailing’s global reach.
Connected Cowes teaching group

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