5G trial might get even bigger at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020

|February 27, 2018 0

SPAIN: At MWC, Intel said it is collaborating with Japanese telecommunications company, NTT Docomo (a National Partner of Tokyo 2020) and the carmaker, Toyota to provide 5G technology for the next Olympic Games. In a blog post, Intel’s Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Aicha Evans, wrote that Intel 5G technology at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will play a role in transforming everything from sports to transportation.

Earlier it had collaborated with South Korean telecom company, KT (a National Partner of PyeongChang 2018) for the first broad-scale 5G network trial at the recent Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Many have called the Pyeongchang Olympics the most high-tech in the history of the sport, with the largest 5G wireless network trial so far. Evans said that the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 were a successful qualifying trial for even bigger, more dramatic arenas including the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and widespread global rollout of 5G commercial standards and networks.

The insights from the PyeongChang Olympics will help Intel to create more innovative 5G experiences for the Tokyo Olympics. Evans also highlighted some of the use cases that Intel is trying to bring to the Tokyo Olympics.


High-Resolution Video. 360 degree, 8K-video streams may showcase real-time action across high-resolution immersive devices at Olympic venues. Instead of watching the newly inducted sport of surfing from the beach with binoculars, for example, viewers will feel like they’re riding waves with the athlete. On the transformed 5G networks capable of delivering massive amounts of data at multi-gigabit speeds, home viewers may be able to take in the action using virtual reality from their TV, headset or wireless device.

Drones. Smaller, faster and agiler drones fitted with high definition cameras could transmit Olympic event action in real time over a massive 5G network.

Smart city sensors and connected cars. Because of heightened intelligence in devices and at the edge, the 5G network will be able to tackle unique data-intensive workloads, such as pervasive facial recognition, useful for everything from stadium access to threat reduction. Intel and and other Olympic Partners may also offer the latest iteration of 5G communications for vehicles, which already have achieved data speeds of up to 1 Gbps for 4K-resolution video communications with a vehicle traveling at 30 km/h.

Athletes. Wearables, smart eHealth equipment and AR/VR simulations, all optimized over a 5G network, will leverage artificial intelligence to help competitors step up their game. Access to rich data and analytics will let the athletes course-correct their training programs.


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