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Connect for the best view at this year’s Harbour Festival

19 July 2019

The University of Bristol's Smart Internet Lab is part of a consortium bringing tech innovation to this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival, giving visitors a 360° view of all three stages on their smartphones.

Led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), the £9.2M 5G Smart Tourism project will use live streaming of 360° camera footage to test the use of 5G technology at scale in a festival setting.

The best view for festival goers

Festival goers will be encouraged to access the 360° footage via the University of Bristol’s 5GUK Test Network.  A secret performance will be staged twice during the festival, exclusively for viewers of the 360° footage.  The secret performance will bring the best of Bristol to the screen with a range of acts performing for the cameras.

Visitors to the festival can access the 360° live streams by going to their WIFI settings and choosing ‘harbour360’ and visiting  It’s completely free and only accessible to festival goers in Millennium Square and Amphitheatre.

There will be a Smart Futures marquee at the festival in Millennium Square, which will give visitors the chance to find out more about the project, access the 360° footage and use VR headsets.

After the festival, the 360° footage will be stored within the Bristol City Council archives creating a unique record of the city’s vibrant culture.

Please read here for full press release. 


Further information

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and our 5GUK Test Network

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol is a hub for internet research which addresses grant societal and industrial challenges. We perform cutting edge research on optical and wireless communications and offer a unique holistic approach to hardware and software co-design, solving critical problems in the global internet evolution. We are world leaders in 5G convergence research and have deployed 5G capability in Bristol city centre focusing on the convergence of fibre infrastructure and 5G wireless access. The University of Bristol's 5GUK Test Network is the UK’s first urban 5G End-to-End Testbed.

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