The Olympic Games are becoming smarter. People usually associate advanced technology in sports with technology that helps athletes improve their performance, but at GE, it goes beyond that. It’s about the innovations in infrastructure that underpin the success of the Games.
The Olympic Games is an international sporting event that represents the love for humanity and peace, but at the same time, it serves as an exhibition of the latest technology available. There will be a large delegation of athletes, as well as spectators from all over the world, eager to watch the best compete against each other. Judges will make sure the athletes compete under fair conditions, and all these moments will be broadcast to viewers around the world on a real-time basis.
But this is only possible through advanced technology in energy, healthcare and the digital industrial. The success of the Olympic Games does not only depend on what is seen, but what is behind the scenes.
As a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Games, GE has provided critical infrastructure and innovative healthcare products for the successful operation of the Games since 2005, by partnering with the host country and the IOC. GE has 13 years of experience providing infrastructure technology at the Games, but the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is something special, because it is the first time GE’s digital industrial technology will be debuting at the Olympic Games.
The world’s first “smart energy” Olympic Games
In the 122-year history of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be recorded as the world’s first smart energy Olympic Games, with GE’s Energy Monitoring System.
Electric power plays a key role in the operation of the Games. Without stable power supply, it will be impossible to continue with the Games. There will be problems with time keeping equipment, with medical facilities, operational facilities, accommodation, and the list goes on. This is why GE is installing an Energy Monitoring System (EMS) that will give the organizing committee a real-time visibility of energy consumption at 16 major Olympic venues. EMS will be the first GE digital industrial technology to be used at the Games.
The venues that EMS will monitor include the Olympic stadiums, athlete’s village, the Olympic Park in Gangneung, and the energy distribution and consumption data from all the venues will be integrated into an integrated dashboard real-time. Power is used in a wider variety of ways than we expect. Each ski lift on a ski course, for example, needs electricity to function. The lights at the sporting venue, as well as lights that line the ski slopes, require stable energy to stay lit. Reliable energy is also crucial for the IBC (International Broadcast Centre) and the Olympic Polyclinic where 24-hour operation is a must.
EMS offers real-time energy management and enables prompt diagnosis for quick problem solving in the case of power failures that may occur. GE’s EMS, which will be installed at the Main Operations Center of the Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, will fully support the management and operation at the Games.
EMS will be debuting at this year’s Olympic Games, but it can be used in future Olympic Games and other major sporting events at a greater capacity. The current solution supports energy monitoring of the venues, but it has the potential to provide powerful analytics when merged with other digital industrial solutions. Imagine a solution that can manage the entire process of energy generation, distribution and operation. It will enable maximum efficiency, and even have benefits in reducing carbon footprint.
Thanks to GE’s EMS, the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be remembered as the first smart energy Olympic Games. With GE’s innovative digital industrial technology, which combines GE’s expertise in energy and the digital industrial, PyeongChang 2018 will be much more efficient and much more stable.