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Eden plans to promote benefits of 5G network

By Natasha Swift 20th January 2021

Eden plans to promote benefits of 5G network
The Eden Project has been given £1.7m of Government funding to test drive new uses of 5G to see how the next generation technology can benefit the tourism industry

The Eden Project has been given £1.7m of Government funding to test drive new uses of 5G in a bid to ‘explore how this next-generation technology can help the tourism industry’.

The Eden Universe project will explore how 5G and 360-degree video can enhance the visitor experience and allow anyone to enjoy the exhibits and talks.

Those who are unable to go to the Eden site in person will be able to experience the exhibits
and talks from their home, care home, school or anywhere in the world via a desktop, mobile or virtual reality device and be taken on a real-time virtual reality tour.

The local 5G infrastructure will also be used to provide real-time data on core services such as energy and water management. The data will be fed into Eden’s site management systems to ensure its rich collection of plant life remains in good condition.

The Eden Project is one of three South West projects to receive funding as part of 5G Create, a £28.3m joint investment between government and businesses to test how the country can seize the full benefits of 5G and help British industries capitalise on the power of modern technology.

The award of the £1.7m to enable Eden to become a 5G testbed has been heralded by the partners as a major moment in the project’s long-held ambition to create new and exciting ways to share stories and landscapes.

Eden’s development director, Dan James, said: “The Eden Project is delighted to have secured support from the 5G Create fund. Eden is a visually rich and wonderful place to be, so having this new technology on our Cornwall site and the opportunity to create new digital content with our project partners is very exciting.

“We are looking forward to testing just how 5G can help support our educational, arts and community programmes and provide new and compelling reasons for people to keep visiting us in person or virtually.

“The data collected through the 5G network will also help us manage the site and improve the visitor experience and our environmental performance.”

MP for St Austell, Steve Double, said: “This is excellent news and I am pleased to see the Government continue to invest in our tourism sector with this funding for another innovative project that will be based at the Eden Project.

“Along with sustainable energy plans coming forward with the geothermal plant at Eden Project, this attraction continues to be an international hub of innovation, and will be a major attraction for people looking to visit Cornwall as we come out of the Covid-19 pandemic and return to normality.”

Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, said: “This remarkable project will enable anyone to experience the visual splendour of the Eden Project no matter where they are.

“We’re investing £200 million to develop new ways 5G can boost business growth and productivity, and through its winning place in our 5G Create competition the Eden Project will explore how this next-generation technology can help the tourism industry.”

The 18-month programme will allow the team to test the technology in situ, and work with Eden’s visitors to demonstrate and assess the enhanced experience and content that the new technology will enable.

By Natasha Swift 20th January 2021

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