Telit 5G enables NFL fans to watch through player's helmets

September 10, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Telit 5G enables NFL fans to watch through player's helmets
NFL fans now can experience the game from the perspective of 22 players as part of TV broadcasts, virtual reality streams and more.

Telit has announced that ORBI is using the Telit FN980 5G data card series for the first football helmet with 360° video cameras shooting in 8K at 60 frames per second (fps). The ORBI 5G helmets enable NFL fans to experience the game from the player's perspective and highlight how Telit is enabling innovative companies to quickly add 5G to create breakthrough products and services.

Each ORBI 5G helmet has six embedded cameras, which use the Telit FN980 series to stream footage to a remote server. Artificial intelligence stitches the feeds in real time into a single video delivered to audiences, such as broadcast TV and virtual reality (VR) headsets. The ORBI production systems can support all 22 players' cameras during an NFL game.

The Telit FN980 series enables ORBI and its clients, such as media companies, to take advantage of the 5G networks currently installed at nearly half of all U.S. NFL stadiums. Featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G Modem-RF System, the FN980 series is ideal for high-performance, bandwidth-intensive applications such as professional video broadcasting and digital signage.

The data cards support all major frequency bands, whether mmWave or sub-6 GHz, giving ORBI 5G helmet users maximum deployment flexibility. The FN980m supports the Qualcomm® QTM525 mmWave antenna module for near-the-ground, low-power indoor and outdoor applications. It also supports the Qualcomm® QTM527 mmWave extended-range antenna module for high-mount outdoor applications.

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