In a groundbreaking initiative, Singapore is set to test the world’s first outdoor 5G-enabled Extended Reality (XR) experience at Fort Siloso Sentosa. The Battle of Fort Siloso: A 5G-enabled XR Experience Proof-of-Concept (POC) is a joint effort by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC), and Government Technology Agency (GovTech). This immersive heritage-themed experience seeks to transport visitors into a gripping fictional World War Two battle at the historic fort, combining cutting-edge XR technology and 5G connectivity.
Guests will be treated to an array of captivating features, including immersive audio, visual simulations, and simulated wartime commands. By harnessing the power of 5G and XR, participants can actively engage in the defense of the fort through interactive gaming. This trial experience will be available for registration exclusively to members of the Sentosa Islander program from 2 to 24 June 2023. Valuable feedback gathered during the trial period will help the SDC identify areas for improvement and potential deployment, considering technology maturity and commercial interest.
The Battle of Fort Siloso: A 5G-enabled XR Experience POC is part of the broader 5G@Sentosa testbed, a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors, led by GovTech, SDC, and Singtel. The testbed, running until mid-August, aims to accelerate the adoption of 5G connectivity within the public sector, preparing for the nationwide 5G rollout in 2025. It enables agencies to explore use cases that enhance operational effectiveness and deliver citizen-centric services.
Sentosa has been an ideal location for various 5G trials, leveraging the low latency, high speed, and broad bandwidth capabilities of the technology across industries such as construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and tourism. Since the program’s launch in October 2021, over ten agencies have undertaken a total of 30 trials on the island.