This blog is by Frank Ostrowski at Nokia Networks.
A lot of people around the globe love classic cars. But, obviously not enough for a TV station to justify costly live broadcasting from an event like the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in Germany. What a great opportunity to showcase what state-of-the-art LTE technology can do.
More than 50,000 fans flocked to Nürburgring on Aug 8-10th to see classic Ferraris, Lotus, Porsches, Triumphs and many others compete in 13 different races. Nokia teamed up with Deutsche Telekom and others to create a live broadcast of the event which could be watched on laptops, tablets and smartphones globally.
In order to transmit the live video stream from the cars travelling at speeds of well over 250 km/h, we used an LTE network and streaming technology which delivered excellent quality in full HD, but was much cheaper than a full-blown TV live broadcasting setup. The solution, which served Deutsche Telekom’s LiveStream Perform, was built on-site in just one day.
Viewers could follow the race on their tablet or smartphone from one of five different live perspectives, including the driver’s cockpit view from race cars like a 1977 Porsche 935. As an infrastructure partner, we were given 10 MHz of spectrum from Deutsche Telekom’s public network to collect the HD camera streams on a separate LTE network layer. The Smart Mobile Labs Video Orchestrator platform was used to collect the signals from the wireless cameras installed in the cars and at the track. The live stream delivery to subscribers at the race track provided significant added value when you consider the ticket cost an event like this, where you only get a glimpse of the car as it flashes by. This time, they could virtually sit in the car throughout the race. With Nokia Liquid Applications technology, the orchestration of real time content can be delivered directly from the base station in future.
“LiveStream Perform offers our customers unique content, not only at home, but wherever they are,” said Thomas Eckert, Head of Industrial Solution Automotive, Energy, Securityof Deutsche Telekom. “At racing events, spectators can often only partially follow the race with their own eyes. With LiveStream Perform they will be able to see every part of the track. They can take the role of the director and select the most exciting stream on their tablet or smartphone. Together with our technology partners, we’ve proven that this is an exceptional service with great potential.”
Continued improvements to the live streaming experience will continue thanks to new mobile broadcasting technology eMBMS and Nokia’s new Centralized RAN (C-RAN) technology, which significantly boosts uplink performance.
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In addition, have a look on the video that was shown last week on German Television n-tv.
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