tiivii, cinfo’s fully automated professional TV platform, has been at the Mobile World Congress 2021 (MWC), held in Barcelona from June 28th to June 1st, at the Telefónica stand at the telecoms show.
During 2020 and the first months of 2021, Telefónica, Ericsson and cinfo have combined their technologies to carry out the largest 5G deployment in a European football stadium: Abanca Riazor, home of Deportivo de la Coruña. Several antennas and routers (including the 26 Ghz millimetre band and 8 cameras) have been deployed in this field to provide the best coverage to the sports facility for the broadcasting of any type of event, as well as an Edge Computing centre deployed by Telefónica so that the software with which tiivii works has the minimum latency and stability.
Users that visited the Telefónica stand at MWC saw a demo of the main use case of this deployment: the automatic and AI-governed broadcasting of sporting events. With access to the production tool, the user saw how the cameras move automatically following the game and how the production tool works to decide which camera offers the best shot of the play, among other things.
Through this automatic production use case, tiivii and Telefónica show how it will change the way of broadcasting events in the future, putting an end to the need to have or move a large number of people and mobile units physically to the event location, significantly reducing the cost of each production and allowing events that until now have not been broadcast to be broadcast. At the same time, this solution is much more environmentally friendly due to the CO2 savings produced by eliminating the number of journeys required.
In addition to this case, Telefónica, Ericsson and cinfo have also developed three applications in this field: a kisscam service that will allow users to appear on the stadium’s video scoreboards, a heat-mapping application using augmented reality, and a multi-camera viewing system that allows spectators to choose from the different cameras and viewpoints available in the stadium.
* The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 954040.