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Virtual Reality blasts into Basingstoke

News release 8229, published on 24 Apr 2018
Virtual Reality isn’t just for gamers – it’s set to blast into business orbit in Basingstoke.
The launch of the Virtual Reality Lab in the town’s central business district Basing View will take place on Wednesday 2 May to connect with the state-of-the-art 5G testbed.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, in collaboration with the University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre, will host the event at DeskLodge, Belvedere House, to give local business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators a glimpse of the future.
Guests will have the opportunity to experience first-hand how streaming with Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) technologies could benefit their businesses and find out how the new digital testbed places the town firmly at the forefront of the 5G revolution.
Cutting-edge VR/AR technologies combine the interactive capabilities of Virtual Reality with the connectivity features of 5G and can be utilised in the fields of medicine, education, the military and flight simulation, where computer-generated scenarios cleverly simulate the real world.
University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre Chief Operating Officer Keith Robson said: “We are the largest open innovation centre in the world for 5G development and we are particularly proud to have had such a strong link with Basingstoke from our early foundation.
“The expansion of the 5G ‘step-out’ capability at Belvedere House represents an extremely important milestone toward the first commercial applications of 5G in transformative VR and AR technologies.”

The launch event is part of TechTown, an URBACT project funded by the European Regional Development Fund, which brought together 11 European medium-sized cities.

The 5G VR launch will celebrate the end of the TechTown project and the council’s Economy and Culture Manager Daniel Garnier will share some of the plans to continue to support the growth of the digital tech sector in Basingstoke.

He said: “This is a very exciting new chapter in the development of the town as a leading player in the use and promotion of the latest digital capabilities for business.

“Virtual and Augmented Reality will enable us to see the world in a whole new way. It’s about creating a believable environment and interacting with all that’s going on.

“VR conjures up thoughts of gaming and 3D cinema, but its application is diverse in the business world too.

“Delivering this virtual world seamlessly requires anytime, anywhere connectivity and that’s what the 5G revolution will bring about - making these exciting technologies part of everyone’s life and not just about gamers!”

For more information and to register for the 5G VR Launch, go to https://5GVRLaunch.eventbrite.co.uk 

The 5G VR launch will be followed by the first bi-monthly “Talk5G” regular get-together where University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre’s Senior Research Fellow Dr Chang Ge will talk about how 5G overcomes space and time barriers with perceived infinite capacity.

For more details and to register for Talk5G go to: www.meetup.com/Talk5G/

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