Orange, official supplier and innovation partner of the 2017 French Tennis Open at Roland-Garros

Unmatched experience in virtual communications, connected mobility management for tournament vehicles, crowd tracking in the stadium with 4G and LoRa® technology… Orange and the Fédération Française de Tennis have turned this Roland-Garros into a playing field for innovation.

For the 16th consecutive year, the men and women of Orange are bringing their know-how to the athletes and visitors of Roland-Garros for a unique digital experience.

Holotennis: a world first in connected sports and the communication of the future

Drawing on the power and quality of its fibre network and in partnership with the Fédération Française de Tennis, Orange offers to Roland-Garros visitors the exclusive opportunity to experience teleportation.
Holotennis is a new virtual reality experience in which players wear an HTC Vive virtual reality headset to play tennis with another player located elsewhere. Virtually teleported to a 3D model of the Philippe Chatrier court, the two players see each other as holograms and are able to interact and play tennis together. To develop the experience, Orange relied on the expertise of Emissive and technology developed by Mimesys, which uses a camera with 3D depth perception.
Already active in the field of virtual reality, Orange sees this experience as a precursor to the future of sports and communication services.

Connected, innovative mobility

Orange Business Services, via the Orange subsidiary Ocean, which specialises in fleet management, eco-driving and geolocation solutions, has joined forces with Free2Move, the 100% mobile brand of the PSA Group and PEUGEOT, to supply innovative solutions for real-time transport supervision and management.
More than 200 PEUGEOT vehicles were connected to improve the management of the transport of players, VIPs, officials and the public. Ocean’s GeoMissions application facilitates the fleet manager’s work and increases the responsiveness and efficiency of the transport service offered at the tournament.
This partnership between Orange and Roland-Garros also gives drivers the possibility, on an experimental basis, to book and manage transport simply and safely using a system which duplicates the screen of a smartphone to the onboard screen of the vehicle. This pilot offers tremendous potential for all businesses involved in the transport of people and goods and in the fields of intervention and assistance.

Optimised crowd management at Roland-Garros

Several networks provide connectivity in the stadium: a 4G network and a network dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) using LoRa® technology.
Using connected handheld counters, support staff will be able to count and report the occupancy rate of the stands at some courts. Other counters will be installed in various areas of the stadium to record the number of visitors and the status of queues, automatically, anonymously and in real time.
In addition, connected floor coverings with vibration detectors will be installed at the entrances to court 17 to count the number of passages and report on the number of seats available at the court to the tournament organisers. Customer satisfaction points will also be installed in some parts of the stadium, allowing the Fédération Française de Tennis to intervene immediately if needed.

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