PAOK and the 5G-PHOS research program
The 5G-PHOS research project has featured two highly successful demonstrations of a pioneering data transmission network for 5G infrastructure. The demonstrations took place in the context of the final phase of the project, with the first taking place at PAOK’s stadium in Thessaloniki, while the second took place at the Technical University of Athens in the presence of the responsible stakeholders from the European Union and 15 other partners.
The global innovation of the transmission network implemented within the framework of the 5G-PHOS program, lies in the combined use of fiber optics and high frequency wireless links to create the transmission network which must connect the numerous access points required by 5G mobile telephony, especially in Hotspot areas, such as PAOK’s stadium. The hybrid optical/wireless transmission network makes the installation process of 5G equipment much easier as all that is required is the presence of electricity at the installation point, such as e.g. lighting poles, while Hotspot owners do not need to install fiber optics at all access points, thus avoiding costly actions. Finally, the fact that the latest measures of the transmission network are wireless, offer incomparable flexibility in the installation of the 5G network, allowing flexibility and the possibility of adding or moving the equipment as the needs of the subscribers change over time and the 5G networks are expanded.
To achieve the above contracted 5G transmission network, 5G-PHOS utilized state-of-the-art optical and wireless technologies that combine fiber optic stability and incredible speed with the flexibility and ease of wireless networking, creating a first-of-its-kind optical/wireless transmission network for 5G infrastructure. The latter is also framed by an innovative network management system through software which uses intelligent algorithms to respond to network load fluctuations, automatically giving the appropriate bandwidth to access stations as supporters move in and out of the stadium, as was shown live at PAOK’s ground.
PAOK, showing the club’s continuous growth in all sectors over the last decade, gladly accepted the invitation from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, which coordinated the program, to participate in the 5G-PHOS program.
In the context of the implementation of the Research program, spaces with a large concentration of people and intense use of wireless networks were required. PAOK and the Toumba Stadium gathered all the necessary features to become a venue for the 5G-PHOS simulations. During the research program, PAOK offered the facilities of the Toumba, but also its know-how on the needs arising from the gathering of crowds during matches. The Department of Installations and Informatics collaborated with the researchers of the program, providing statistics as well as suggestions for the implementation of solutions in real conditions. The cooperation with the research team of AUTh, which undertook the coordination of the companies involved, was excellent
Through participation in the design and implementation of cutting-edge technologies, the purpose was to gain experience and knowledge for their utilization and application, in the fields of facilities, security and marketing, as well as their adoption in the design of the club’s new stadium.
The implementation of 5G network installation enables the fans with the use of smart applications to facilitate their access to and from the stadium, to have continuous information using high resolution video about what is happening on the pitch but also to participate interactively in various promotions to be organized by sponsors using augmented reality. Respectively, the team is given the opportunity to implement smart solutions in the field of security, prevention and the evacuation processes of the stadium, thus offering increased security to supporters.
PAOK is a pioneer in participating in European Research programs for the development of modern technologies.
More information about the 5G-PHOS program can be found at www. 5G-phos.eu.