February 23, 2024

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Chinese Tech that Made the 2022 Winter Olympics a Success

While they may have lacked the traditional throngs of in-person audiences from the world over, the Winter Games in China held from the 4th to the 20th of February 2022 was very successful, all thanks to tech.

Largest 8K Floor Display

Leading sports events these days are no strangers to floor displays. But the display at the games covering 10,383 square meters with 8K resolution at ultra-high contrast (100 times the average display) was a significant step up from ones that audiences are used to.

Unique Virtual Host

A virtual host, “Ling Yu”,  showed the world just how much Artificial Intelligence can help all sectors of society, even those who are physically challenged. A product of collaboration between state broadcaster CCTV and select Chinese companies, Ling Yu can interpret sign. With the virtual sign-language translator on display everywhere the games could genuinely be inclusive.

Live Translation

Machine learning was in top form at the games. To integrate people of different languages and nationalities better, a Chinese voice recognition company made available a full translation service that allowed translation of up to 60 languages – live. Further, the translation comes in a crisp, human-like voice at (unheard-of) 95% accuracy.

Remote Controlled Smart Beds

Moreover, technology introduced changes to the personal experience. Olympic winter athletes were given a one-of-a-kind sleeping experience with 7,000 remote controlled foam mattress beds which allowed them to adjust sleeping positions and mattress support levels to their desire.

5G Enabled Medical Services

The ambulance used at the games may look very similar to a normal one. But in addition to the usual medical equipment such as monitors, electrocardiographs and defibrillators, this 5G smart ambulance has data collection equipment such as cameras and emergency gateways.

Ambulance staff could share important data to an emergency centre via the 5G emergency gateway, capitalising on real-time data exchange.

Robot Chefs and Bartenders Deployed in Olympic Village Kitchens

To keep contain the spread of COVID-19, robot chefs were deployed to prepare and deliver meals onsite for the athletes and their support teams.

The automated cooking saw an AI-enabled chef-bot that made hot meals and a coffee robot to grind beans and brew the beverage. A ceiling-mounted robot arm served meals in socially-distanced cubicles. The village even had bartender robots to make cocktails.

Real-Time Data For better Viewing

A host of AI tools like computer-vision cameras give the viewers a hugely enhanced watching experience. AI-powered 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) utilised cameras with computer vision and AI that allowed fans almost real-time data for events. AI also offers a biomechanical analysis of athlete speed, distance travelled and time remaining to display on screens and uses in overlays during replays.

Cloud-backed Live Broadcast

Technology not only facilitated the competition and empowered the athletes, but it also facilitated better coverage. The work of media outlets was made easy as the provided cloud services allowed them to broadcast news globally without the need to bring in satellite news trucks and customised networks.

The cloud system aptly dubbed “The Matrix” gave online viewers the option to adjust the panoramic point-of-view to as much as 360 degrees allowing for a more immersive experience.

Technology played a central role in China’s run for gold.  As detailed in a recent OpenGov Asia piece, the country’s first-ever gold in the 2,000m relay was a product of athlete training and the application of modern technology – specifically aviation tech. Applying state-of-the-art aircraft algorithms and digital technology, Chinese athletes configured a better way to smoothen their routine. To land them a much-awaited astonishing feat: their first-ever gold in that competition.

While the host nation ranked third with nine gold medals, this Winter Games showed how its technology could raise the bar – both from the point of view of the spectators and the athletes.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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