PARIS -- Orange, which has been a partner of the French Open for the past 17 years, teamed up with the French Tennis Federation to make the French Open the most innovative Grand Slam tournament. For 2018, Orange is providing spectators attending the event at Roland-Garros with a digital experience that leverages broadband, virtual technologies and other leading edge solutions.
With a new virtual communication experience that provides an immersive backstage tour of the stadium, as well as a monitoring tool that measures crowd numbers on each court, Orange and the French Tennis Federation offer the public and sporting professionals the chance to enjoy several cutting-edge innovations during the competition, said Orange in its release. Orange also demonstrates high-speed broadband's prowess at providing new forms of entertainment in demanding, real-time environments.
For the second consecutive year, Orange and the French Tennis Federation give spectators an immersive experience foreshadowing future developments in the sporting world and communications. By leveraging Orange's fiber network, a virtual reality headset takes attendees straight onto the Philippe-Chatrier court to play against a hologram competitor. This year, the experience will be even more immersive with a more realistic game, as well as the capture and reproduction of game statistics: the number of forehands, backhands, service speed, and so forth.
This year, the service includes live broadcasts of Holotennis matches. Users can view the action via tablets serving up augmented reality (AR). The feature demonstrates how new technology is transforming the way we will soon be able to play tennis and other sports in both real and virtual environments.
As the Roland-Garros stadium turns 90, Orange this year gives audiences the chance to lose themselves in the stadium of the past and the future. As the site undergoes a facelift, two "Look Around" terminals with interactive screens offer visitors an immersive, interactive experience. Based on artificial intelligence and the latest 360° photo technology, the terminals allow users to walk through the facilities, see otherwise inaccessible areas, discover the history of the stadium through its major architectural moments, historical events and the personalities that have marked it over the years.
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Orange and the French Tennis Federation want to improve the spectator’s experience during the tournament. Orange's network intelligence system measures, in real time, the crowds in each area of the grandstand surrounding the Suzanne-Lenglen court. This is possible due to connected cameras and the local processing of images within the mobile network, providing fully-anonymized data. Specifically, the system uses the latest technology in distributed computing over networks that pave the way for real-time processing and guaranteed security and data protection. In the medium term, the Federation’s objectives are to optimize the spectator experience by reducing wait times and improving public guidance systems.
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