Intel to power Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Thursday 12 September 2019 | 10:48 CET | News
Intel has signed a technology partnership agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020) and various companies to power the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. At the Olympic Games, Intel plans to demonstrate core technologies for athletes, Games attendees and Olympic fans around the world. Intel will also deliver technology integrations at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

From innovations that use 5G platforms to AI-based services, to immersive media to esports, Intel will showcase technology in three focus areas at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Compute, Connect and Experience. Under the Compute area, Intel plans to connect fans and athletes, and enable new Olympic experiences with 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) and VR capabilities to train venue managers.

3D Athlete Tracking is a computer vision service using artificial intelligence to enhance the viewing experience for Olympic fans with near real-time insights and overlay visualizations during athletic events. Developed by Intel and hosted on Intel-based data centers in Alibaba’s cloud infrastructure, 3DAT, in partnership with Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS), uses four pan-tilt mounted, mobile cameras to capture the form and motion of athletes, then apply pose estimation algorithms, optimized for Intel Xeon processors, to analyze the biomechanics of athletes’ movements. The system transforms that data into broadcast overlay visualizations available during replays of the 100M and other sprinting events.

The IOC and Intel are collaborating to define and implement services that combine the experience of the IOC and the technical expertise of TOP partner Intel to support the organizing committee becoming operationally ready. VR training will be utilized to create an immersive learning experience for key managers at competition venues. Powered by Intel Xeon and Intel Core processors, the VR training will also include building digital versions sometimes known as “digital twinning”. 

Under the Connect area, at Tokyo 2020, Intel plans to deploy 5G technologies and infrastructure platforms to develop gigabit connectivity, new mobility services, immersive viewership, smart city applications and broadcasting services. 

Cisco is the local official partner for networking equipment, supporting the delivery of a connected and secure Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Intel’s Xeon processor, SoC and SSD provide the foundation for Cisco to build the network to support the Olympic Games operations in executing mission-critical networks, connecting 42 competition venues including the Olympics Stadium and non-competition venues such as the athletes’ village, TOCOG headquarters, broadcasting set-ups, hotels and many more. 

In addition, NEC Facial Recognition will provides a large-scale facial recognition system dubbed “NeoFace” for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Powered by the Intel Core i5 processor, the facial recognition technology will be used to identify over 300,000 people at the games, including athletes, volunteers, media and other staff for entry points of venues and accommodations. 

The Intel True VR service will be deployed in a range of sports and venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and content will be distributed by rights-holding broadcasters, including the opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, gymnastics, boxing and beach volleyball. 

Intel announced the Intel World Open esports tournament will take place ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which builds on the first esports experience delivered at Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang. Intel will power all of the live Intel World Open events with the Intel Core i7 gaming processor, as well as the PCs used in the broadcasts and complete backend infrastructure.

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Companies: Intel
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