Special camera increases safety of Peppers’ audience

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Special camera increases safety of Peppers’ audience

A sharp look at walking traffic around the concert in Goffertpark

How do you keep focus on safety around the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in the Goffertpark Nijmegen? A mobile camera offers a solution. VodafoneZiggo supplied the network for a special project by the municipality of Nijmegen, Ericsson, Fieldlab, and Gigtech, as part of the 5G Hub.

Mobile network connections with guaranteed bandwidth now allow instant analysis of live images from mobile cameras. For example, a municipality can divert swelling traffic flows (motorists, cyclists, pedestrians) in time and prevent uncontrollable crowds. The municipality of Nijmegen is testing this technology at major events. The concert by the American funk rock band was one of the first experiments in this area.

Logistical challenge

The concerts in the Goffertpark have been attracting thousands of music lovers to Nijmegen for many years. When organizing such an event, a logistical challenge arises. Due to traffic on the road and on the hiking trails around the park, visitors regularly have to deal with traffic diversions and alternative routes.

Municipality and partners

To monitor whether the traffic flow continues and to prevent unpleasant situations from arising, the municipality could use an extra pair of eyes. And so it decided to join forces with VodafoneZiggo, Ericsson, Fieldlab, and Gigtech. This group provided a special mobile camera, which was placed on a high pole on the site where the American funk rock band performed on June 10th.

Preventing chaos via a control room

The mobile camera observed all points of the compass near Goffert Park. At the same time, a team watched from large screens in the control room. Because these video images came in without delay and hitches, this team was able to intervene immediately where necessary. This way there were no chaotic traffic situations or unnecessary congestion.

Network slicing: reserved capacity

“In order to upload these camera images to the control room, we need guaranteed capacity of the mobile network,” explains Juan Pablo Nieto, Senior Product Manager for 5G at VodafoneZiggo. “During busy events, this is always a challenge. Of course, all spectators use the mobile network at the same time: they upload their selfies, videos, chat messages, voice calls, etc. That’s why we use the technique ‘network slicing’. With this we can, as soon as necessary, reserve a ‘slice’ of the bandwidth required to upload these footages, so we don’t have to deal with technical failures even when the network is very busy. Mission accomplished.”

Future of Mobile Connectivity

Network slicing is one of the new critical communication techniques Vodafone is working on. With the new 5G features, Vodafone aims to provide the level of service that every user needs. “We want to make networks smarter, be able to understand the needs per project, and adapt where necessary,” says Juan Pablo. “Increasingly, our customers are not so much asking for faster speeds, but for other features, such as lower latency, guaranteed capacity, higher availability. This means that the future of mobile networks is mainly about focusing on certain specific characteristics.  By controlling and automating these services, we provide our customers with the exact user experience they need. They ask, we run.”

Package of services

Vodafone has introduced network slicing as part of a package of new communication services. By offering both national and local services, network slicing enables customers to use guaranteed mobile capacity services using Vodafone’s network. In this way, they avoid high investments and benefit from rapid implementation. This new product can also be combined with Vodafone’s range of private mobile networks. The advantage of that? Dedicated coverage and capacity, lower latency (less latency or stuttering), and enhanced security in specific locations.


This article was first published on VodafoneZiggo’s website: https://www.vodafoneziggo.nl/verhalen/speciale-camera-vergroot-veiligheid-peppers-publiek/