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HTC builds private 5G network to power multiple XR experiences
5G continues to redefine industries, and open up new potential for how business is done, and how people enjoy themselves.
As the technology becomes more advanced, HTC recognizes that the power of portable private 5G networks cannot be underestimated, whether it’s for employee training scenarios, design applications with real-time changes, or even remotely controlling machinery in hazardous environments. Every organisation across every sector can feel real-world benefits from low-latency highly-reliable private 5G networks.
Building on the success of technical demos shown at CES, HTC unveiled its latest portable private 5G solution – the Reign Core – working closely with new HTC subsidiary, G Reigns, and in collaboration with Supermicro.
Supermicro provided hardware as part of this collaboration, demonstrating the versatility of the new Reign Core 5G product. G Reigns has unique experience in the industry, across both mobile and XR, bringing that knowledge together to develop advanced software for private 5G networks.
Reign Core is designed to work seamlessly with Open RAN, essentially allowing organisations to buy ‘off-the-shelf’ hardware components, such as Supermicro and Lumen Technologies, and then run tailored software to create their own private 5G solution, scalable to any size.
Reign Core has a compact all-in-one footprint making it highly portable. And it can be set-up in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for location-based services, and even demonstrating a proof of concept. Powerful and flexible, Reign Core is complaint with 3GPP and O-RAN structure using an x86 base server to compose a 5G network system including 5GC, BBU, RRU and L3 switch.
Reign Core powered several experiences at Mobile World Congress, including a scaled-down example of driving cars remotely. Using scale-model radio controlled cars, drivers were sat facing away from the track, watching two high-res video feeds of a first-person view and a top-down view – beamed over 5G – so they could steer the cars through the course. At the same time, the feed was also viewable on VIVE Flow headsets for spectators.
The top-down view was filmed and broadcast via a new 5G AI Smart Camera , which is perfect for scenarios like sports stadiums where safety of large crowds is a priority. The 5G smart camera system works on Edge AI and is fully OSSA compliant.
Simultaneously on the same private 5G network, we hosted a 5G Cloud VR demonstration, streaming PCVR quality to multiple VIVE Focus 3 all-in-one headsets.
HTC VIVE is also expanding its strategic efforts with Lumen Technologies, continuing the success the two companies have enjoyed together.