Technology is changing the training experience. It’s making it more engaging and is enabling experts to communicate with people around the world. DanceEast, a dance organisation, have embraced volumetric video to be able to offer remote training. Hear their journey and how BT has supported with their big ambitions.
It was an exciting prospect. We knew that if it worked, we’d be able to overcome the geographical boundaries that are limiting our ambition – and we’d have a great new tool for delivering on our inclusive mission.
The other important part was connectivity. This was only possible with BT’s 5G Edge-XR technology. This uses 5G, the only technology capable of handling the large amounts of data required, and builds on it by using low-latency edge computing to process the complex graphics data remotely. This means that our students can participate without needing a supercomputer in their home – just a pair of augmented reality glasses.
It has also shown us the value of partnerships. Using this incredible technology has only been possible because we’ve worked closely with BT and Condense Reality. They have specialist knowledge and technical capabilities that we could never match in-house, and working with them has meant we can pursue digital transformation, while remaining focused on our core mission of teaching dance to as wide a range of people as possible.
Now that we’ve proven the promise of the technology, our ambition is to grow our digital programme even more. Can we use 5G to reach further into our under-served communities? Can we extend our programme to schools across Suffolk? And can we expand beyond the physical limitations of our existing building? Now that we can teach classes remotely, these goals all seem possible.
Having now experienced the power of VR and AR first-hand, I can easily imagine how the new technologies, powered by 5G, are going to transform other industries too. Imagine test-driving a new car without having to visit a dealership, trying on new clothes from the comfort of your own home, or having a skilled tradesperson talk you through a repair, as if they were in the room with you.
I think our experience is also instructive for other small organisations. If you have the confidence to attempt big ideas, with the right partners you can transform your organisation. It was only by working with BT that we were able to try such a breakthrough technology.
It’s a real lesson in being open to experimentation. We all know that the world is changing and, as we’ve experienced, there are big technological opportunities that are now within the reach of organisations of any size – even small ones like ours.