IoT China: Olympics as a backdrop for new technology


This year’s Olympic host China is using the global publicity associated with its role to advertise IoT on its own behalf. In addition to large virtual tours of the sports venues, it is above all the many small technical services that should excite the spectators.

The small world as a guest of friends

2022 will be a memorable year for the Olympic franchise. With the People’s Republic of China, a host has been appointed that will move the originally analog sports festival for large parts of the world almost completely into the digital space. Whether or not it was really only pandemic reasons that tipped the scales in favor of this decision. The fact is, most foreign visitors were denied access to Beijing 2022. Only a few hand-picked guests were allowed to buy tickets. All others are left with only virtual alternatives.

3D tours with extras

For all those who still want to witness the spectacle, Realsee offers virtual 3D tours. With them you can visit in 360 degree perspectives not only the tribunes and sports facilities. Even snowboarding events on stadium roofs and speed skating events can be experienced up close. This is all made possible by the company’s own laser scanner, whose capacities have been significantly expanded once again especially for the event.

Coverage from the cloud

In order to allow millions of people worldwide to participate in the games, Alibaba Cloud, a provider that has already proven its skills in Tokyo, was entrusted with the coverage. It promises broadcasters optimized and stable transmissions through its cloud technology. Other providers, such as Baidu, use their AI cloud to generate avatars that then interpret for the hearing impaired.

Robots and drones for greater convenience

China is fully embracing automated solutions to serve its select few guests. For example, bots on rails serve local and foreign dishes at restaurant ceilings. Robot bartenders are instructed to prepare drinks in 90 seconds or less. Meanwhile, their mechanized colleagues take care of room service, food preparation in the kitchen or dispose of garbage.

Sensors for safety

To prevent disease outbreaks during events, the Chinese leadership has developed a variety of protective measures. In addition to the physical isolation of the games from the outside world and a whole apparatus of security personnel, they are relying above all on sensor technology. On the one hand, all premises and vehicles are monitored in this regard. But the athletes are also required to have sensors placed under their armpits by officials to constantly measure their temperature.

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