The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics has designated 'Information and Communication Technology' as one of its five key objectives to focus on, and a range of cutting-edge technology will appear during the games.
5th generation mobile networks, or 5G, is one huge development that will change how the games are filmed, viewed and enjoyed. While on the surface, 5G may just sound like faster internet speeds, the technology has allowed other developments, letting viewers watch the games in a way not possible before.
"We wanted to provide the viewers with a service that is not simply viewed, but is interactive as well. With the aim of bringing spectators 'inside the track', we developed these immersive media to enhance people's viewing experience of the Olympics."
One of those ways is 'sync view', where viewers can watch the games in real-time from the athletes' perspective, allowing them to imagine they are the ones breaking world records or jumping off the ski ramp at a petrifying height.
Previously, people could only enjoy such videos once the athlete had finished the course and the footage had been removed from the inbuilt camera. But the 5G network allows high quality videos to be streamed directly and aired live on TV.
'Interactive time slice' lets viewers choose the screen and angle they want to watch the games from. 100 cameras are installed around the stadium, all filming at the same time, so viewers can rotate their view and see the game from any direction they want.
'Omni point view' provides viewers with maps and views from specific points of the event, allowing spectators to follow their favorite athletes throughout the course of distance events like cross-country skiing. Clicking on specific athletes also brings up the athlete's information and previous records.
"I found this technology really cool It's so dynamic. I was able to see the different moments of the games much more clearly."
But the latest technologies at the Olympics go beyond visual entertainment.
Robot translators are already widely known, but other technology will also assist visitors.
'AR ways' is a mobile travel guide application which uses augmented reality to help visitors find their way from the airport to their very own seats in the Olympic stadiums.
Unlike previous navigation services which couldn't function well indoors, the application connects indoor and outdoor GPS services for a comprehensive guide.
The Smart band is a wearable device that informs users of game schedules, weather, shopping and more, based on their current location.
If a visitor walks near Gangneung Ice Arena, the band will show its user information about the upcoming events.
"Collaborating with the government, we will distribute some 3-thousand bands to athletes and foreign media to provide them with customized Olympic information."
With hundreds of thousands of guests from all over the world expected to visit Korea next year, technology is also being used to tighten security and ensure visitor safety during the Olympics.
Through artificial intelligence and deep learning, this CCTV system recognizes different faces, colors, and clothing, and can even classify people by estimated age.
This classification system lets the surveillance team quickly search and detect people, saving them hours of having to trawl through recorded videos.
The system can also draw lines around prohibited areas, and have the security cameras zoom in, pan and tilt on their own to follow subjects making suspicious movements within the lines, while alerting the control center of the situation.
"Our latest CCTV doesn't just record what's there, but also detects potential risks in advance in order for the control team to respond promptly to an incident before or as it occurs. It overcomes the limits of a person having to watch lots of monitors at the same time for a long period."
With all this state-of-the-art technology in use at PyeongChang 2018, the developers hope to provide visitors to Korea with an unforgettable experience.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.