Internet-controlled drones, robot dogs and a 5G upgrade are the new technology being trialled to improve the experience of visitors at Sherwood Forest. The Nottinghamshire County Council said the work would make it the first 5G-connected forest in the world. Drones and robots could be used to help with environmental research. The £10m trial covering the area around the forest, including Rufford Abbey, has been part-funded by the government’s Rural Connected programme.
Birmingham City University has provided the site with the robot dog, which will collect data and upload it via the 5G connection. If successful, the dog will gather data from inaccessible areas to help assess and monitor the health and condition of the forest environment.
The forest will also feature what is claimed to be the world’s first interactive holographic film, ‘An Arrow In Time.’ The film, which uses augmented reality headsets, will feature well-known characters from the legend of Robin Hood. Nottinghamshire county councillor Keith Girling said the 25-month project could attract ‘millions’ of tourists. “It’s going to draw attention to Nottinghamshire, which has got to be a good thing for investment,” he said.