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(Olympics) Winter Games set to move ICT forward: organizers

2018/02/08 11:34

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By Kang Yoon-seung

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 8 (Yonhap) -- Organizers of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics said Thursday the competition will utilize various innovative technologies to bring spectators closer to the events, which will also help promote South Korea's competitiveness in the industry.

"The Olympic Games have become more and more popular by utilizing innovative technologies," said Oh Sang-jin, a director general from the technology department of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG).

"During the Berlin Olympics, television broadcasting was firstly used with black and white television service, expanding the reach and getting out of limitation of space and time," Oh said. "In PyeongChang, we plan to introduce new high-end technology to realize realistic experiences."

  

Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), shakes hands with a robot located at a hotel in Gangneung, around 230 kilometers east of Seoul, on Feb. 4, 2018. (Yonhap) Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), shakes hands with a robot located at a hotel in Gangneung, around 230 kilometers east of Seoul, on Feb. 4, 2018. (Yonhap)

The organizers said the main focus of the top-notch ICT, which can be observed throughout the venue, such as the fifth-generation (5G) network, the Internet of Things, Ultra HD, artificial intelligence, and virtual-reality technologies, aims to help people experience the events as if they are at the stadium.

South Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier, KT Corp., also an official partner of the event, will provide what it calls "time-slice" services for the figure skating competition during the Olympics, which captures athletes from various angles in a standstill view. The "Sync View" service, applied for bobsleigh, will broadcast the event as seen through the eyes of athletes.

"AI and the IOT technologies will provide convenient services, such as autonomous translation, autonomous vehicles, road guidance, and location based services," Oh added. "UHD television service will broadcast realistic and vivid scenes to the world."

   Along with top-notch broadcasting technologies, organizers said they are also ready to let visitors connect from anywhere, with 9,600 access points installed throughout the venue to provide free WiFi services.

There are also 85 robots at major locations of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, carrying out different tasks from providing updated information, sweeping the floor, or simply delivering beverages.

"Robots' activities will make Olympic experience more exciting and more interactive," Oh said.

Organizers said the official guide application for smarpthones will provide various kinds of information related to the 2018 Winter Games, including third-dimensional tour of competition venues.

Julie Coppernoll, a vice president of U.S. tech giant Intel Corp., also a partner firm, said South Korea has done an "amazing job" in the field of ICT.

She added South Korea has already moved the world's 5G technology to another level, claiming the country is likely to do so down the road, as proved through the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

"Korea has always been an advanced (nation) from technology perspective," Coppernoll said, saying the competition helped the industry to develop at a faster pace. "If we not had the Olympics, we would probably have been a year behind in terms of evolving 5G."

  

Shown in this photo taken on Jan. 31, 2018 is a cleaning robot located at the Main Press Centre of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul (Yonhap) Shown in this photo taken on Jan. 31, 2018 is a cleaning robot located at the Main Press Centre of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul (Yonhap)

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