Check Out the Metaverse at Gardens by the Bay

Having your wedding/event in real life and in the metaverse simultaneously is now possible at Gardens by the Bay, thanks to the collaboration with M1 and ESPL (Electronic Sports Pte Ltd).

Thanks to M1 for the invitation to witness the signing of the MOU among the three parties. During the event, we were briefed on how M1 5G together with the expertise from ESPL, transported the Super Trees at Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) into the metaverse.

With low latency from the M1 5G, audiences or participants can enjoy the event in the metaverse.

There is no need for complex machines or cables running about to achieve this. Check out my hands-on experience.

Here is the Press Release for more information.

Press Release

M1 collaborates with Gardens by the Bay and ESPL to enable 5G powered metaverse experiences

SINGAPORE, 27 September 2022 – M1 Limited (M1), one of Singapore’s leading Mobile Network Operators (MNO), today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gardens by the Bay and Electronic Sports Pte Ltd (ESPL) to provide fast-speed 5G connectivity and immersive metaverse experiences in Gardens by the Bay’s indoor venues.

The enhanced connectivity and cloud infrastructure provided by M1 will open up new opportunities for phygital events to be held at the Gardens and in its Digital Twin – a re-creation of the Gardens in the metaverse, developed by ESPL.

M1 and ESPL will work with Gardens by the Bay to enable metaverse experiences that complement the Gardens’ physical offerings. An example of a metaverse concert in Gardens by the Bay’s Digital Twin, featuring an avatar of Singapore-based artiste DJ Red interacting with the audience against a virtual backdrop of Supertree Grove, was showcased today.  

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Audiences with a 5G-enabled mobile device can access the metaverse and catch their favourite music artistes perform in a real-time immersive environment. This metaverse technology is also applicable to the MICE industry as it adds a new dimension to physical exhibitions and conferences and allows participants from around the world to interact with the content and with one another in the metaverse. The high-speed and low-latency connectivity of 5G also supports educational technology to bring curricula to life and capture the imagination of students through extended reality and gamification.

“Offering metaverse experiences is an exciting milestone in our True 5G rollout roadmap. M1 is constantly pushing the bar with our 5G capabilities, and we’re proud to roll out 5G within the Gardens by the Bay as well as power its digital recreation made by our partner ESPL. The ability to give audiences a live and immersive experience both physically and virtually has immense potential to deliver rich content on-the-go. We are excited to unlock new metaverse opportunities for the entertainment, MICE and tourism industries and help Gardens by the Bay become the garden of the future,” says Willis Sim, Chief Corporate Sales and Solutions Officer, M1.

“With the enhanced 5G connectivity, we look forward to working with M1 and ESPL to create even more interactive and immersive experiences in Gardens by the Bay, offering a phygital option for event organisers to expand their reach beyond the physical confines of the venues here, to engage people from around the world,” says Lee Kok Fatt, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gardens by the Bay.

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About M1

M1, a subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, is Singapore’s first digital network operator, providing a suite of communications services, including mobile, fixed line and fibre offerings, to over two million customers.

Since the launch of its commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts – becoming one of the first operators to be awarded one of Singapore’s two nationwide 5G standalone network licences, first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN).

M1’s mission is to drive transformation and evolution in Singapore’s telecommunications landscape through cutting-edge technology and made-to-measure offerings. For more information, visit m1.com.sg

About Gardens by the Bay

An integral part of Singapore’s “City in Nature” vision, Gardens by the Bay is a national garden and premier horticultural attraction that showcases the best of garden and floral artistry for all to enjoy. Spanning 101 hectares in the heart of Singapore’s downtown Marina Bay, it comprises three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, officially opened on 29 June 2012.

Guided by the vision to be a world of gardens for all to own, enjoy and cherish, the Gardens’ extensive plant collection, ever-changing floral displays, and myriad of engaging programmes have captured the imagination of many, while its Gift of Gardens community initiative, with Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore as Patron, reaches out to people from all walks of life.

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Since opening, Gardens by the Bay has welcomed more than 85 million visitors and garnered numerous international awards including a silver for Destinations Building Back Better Post-Covid at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2021, Best Attraction Experience at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2019, and ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award presented by ASEAN Tourism in 2018. The Gardens continues to refresh and refine its offerings, to be a place that everyone can enjoy – a garden where wonder blooms.

For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.

About ESPL

Electronic Sports Pte Ltd (ESPL) works with top talents and platforms to bring digital entertainment and edutainment to enrich live audiences globally. Be it gamification, being part of the Metaverse or hosting virtual concerts, ESPL provides future-proof solutions to our customers for them to stand out from the crowd.

The ambition for ESPL is to be the solution provider for cutting edge digital innovation, for any brand, organisation or individuals who want to be at the forefront of Web 3.0 and particularly how that relates to esports, the blockchain, NFTs, education and the Metaverse.