Tokyo 2020 reveals 5G spectator viewing experiences for swimming, golf and sailing

Attendees to have access to 12K resolution video, multipoint coverage and AR experiences at select venues.

by Ed Dixon

Tokyo 2020 reveals 5G spectator viewing experiences for swimming, golf and sailing
  • Tokyo 2020 organisers tap Intel and NTT for new tech
  • Limited capacity Olympic venues looking to boost atmosphere by integrating broadcast audience

Spectators at this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will be able to access a variety of new 5G-enabled viewing experiences, event organisers have announced.

The collaboration between the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Intel, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), and NTT Docomo will cover the venues for sailing, swimming and golf. The offerings will include ultra-high resolution videos and simultaneous multipoint videos, as well as an augmented reality (AR) experience.

For the sailing events, fans watching from nearby piers will be able to get closer to the action thanks to 12K resolution video which will be broadcast on a 50-metre screen floating on the water of the Enoshima Yacht Harbour.

Spectators in specific seats for the swimming at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre will be provided with wearable AR devises that display detailed race information in real time during the events.

Those watching the golf at Kasumigaseki Country Club will be provided with the ability to individually select and watch live videos of the action at multiple locations on rental devices.

Last month, it was confirmed crowds at Tokyo 2020 will be at capped at 50 per cent of a venue’s capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000.

Despite the limited capacity and no overseas fans, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said it will look to bring those watching outside into the Tokyo 2020 venues digitally to add to the atmosphere.

“What we’re doing is pretty exciting for everyone, for the audience outside that will be able to contribute inside,” said Christophe Dubi, the IOC’s executive director.

“But also from the stadium to the outside world, linking the athletes with their families and friends, some really splendid things are coming up. So I am not worried, it is going to be quite an experience.”

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