The National Football League is continuing to pilot 5G cloud technology in the United States by partnering with Verizon and Amazon Web Services for Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.
The companies are testing AWS Wavelength on Verizon’s edge computing platform, 5G Edge, in Chicago for a select group of customers, including the NFL. The platform is designed to let developers build ultra-low-latency apps for 5G devices.
Verizon is bringing 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity to 13 NFL stadiums this season, including Chicago’s Soldier Field. Additional deployments are planned in other locations across the US in 2020.
“Fans love the live game-day football experience in stadium, and we constantly strive to deepen engagement on and off the field,” said Matt Swensson, vice-president of NFL emerging products and technology. “The Next Gen Stats platform captures player location data in real-time, generates over 200 stats per play, and charts individual movements within inches.
“The use of AWS’s Wavelength and Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network has the potential to lower data transmission latency for delivery of new and exciting in-stadium enhancements to fans.”