Minister of Science, ICT & Future Planning Choi Yang-hee said on February 7 that the South Korean government will take the lead in the global ICT industry by applying various types of information and communications technology to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The technology and services to be utilized during the period are roughly divided into 5G communications, UHD broadcasting, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and the Internet of Things (IoT). For example, tourists to visit South Korea for the Olympics can be guided to their destinations via AR from the moment they arrive in the country with AI interpretation services helping them get there. Athletes can check their state of health and performance by making use of the IoT as well. Self-driving cars and unmanned monitoring are scheduled to be provided at the venue, too.
Some of the services to be provided during the period were demonstrated that day, including super-multiview 3D display, bobsleigh imaging, large-screen UHD display, interview footage via personal and social broadcasting, AR-based direction guide, 360-degree paragliding and ski jump image services, AI robots and automatic translation between the Korean and five other languages.
“The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be the first one of its kind that makes the most of advanced ICT,” said Lee Hee-beom, chairman of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing Committee, adding, “The event will be a festival where South Korea’s cutting-edge information and communications technology is shared and experienced by people from all around the world.”