The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be watched by billions of people across the world and just like the Summer Games, this international sporting event requires the dedicated co-ordination of multinational companies, local governments and organising committees.
It’s a mammoth task to build the stadiums, Olympic Village, key infrastructure such as the health clinic and support systems such as back-up power facilities to ensure the Games run smoothly. GE has been a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games for 12 years and has contributed its innovative technologies, and equipment for every Olympic Games since then.
At PyeongChang 2018, GE is focusing on energy, healthcare and digital solutions to help South Korea successfully host thousands of athletes, fans and officials from all over the world at the ultimate sporting event.
“As a global digital infra company, GE has a decade-long history of supporting the successful execution of many Olympic Games. By sharing its technology and experience of providing proven Olympic solutions, GE and its partners can work closely to develop new solutions to make the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 a success,” said Christopher Katsuleres, the director of Olympic marketing and sales for GE.
These are some of the ways in which GE is contributing to the Winter Games:
Energy Monitoring System
GE has provided an Energy Monitoring System (EMS), that offers real-time visibility of energy usage and enables quick diagnosis in the event of power failures that may occur at any of the Olympic venues and live broadcasting stations, which rely on constant power supply.
This system, which will monitor and analyse the power supply and consumption of 14 venues on a real-time basis, makes this the first “Smart Energy” Olympic Games by ensuring ongoing energy management, which is crucial for the smooth running of the Games.
Willy Cho, Commercial Vice President of GE Digital Korea, said: “The EMS will bring about great convenience in the energy operation at the Winter Games, given that utilising data will help set up more economical power plans for the next Olympic Games. This Olympic Winter Games will be a global best practice that demonstrates strategic energy operation management of a sporting event.”
GE’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) will also help ensure that power remains stable and continuous.
Image above: The PyeongChang 2018 main operation centre where GE technology is enabling the monitoring of power consumption in real time. Credit: GE
Digital solutions for athletes
GE Korea is a sponsor of the Korea Ski Association (KSA) and developed a motion comparison solution, which is based on the Predix platform and can be used to help coaches, and athletes develop training strategies that aim to improve their health and performance.
A Sports Leadership Camp was held by GE for 70 national athletes and coaches from the KSA, where GE leveraged its Crotonville leadership programmes to teach Korean Olympians about personal leadership, emotional resilience and team building.
Sang-ho Lee, a national snowboarder, said: “I am delighted to be participating in a specialised global leadership programme which does not come often. Based on the experience gained from this training, I will strive to achieve the best results as an individual and as a team in the Olympic Games.”
GE has supplied advanced medical technology, including ultrasound machines and digital mobile X-Ray equipment to enable medical tests and health screenings at the Olympic Games Polyclinic, which is the on-site hospital in the Olympic Village.
Chief Medical Officer, Young-Hee Lee, said: “There will be around 5,000 Olympians representing more than 100 countries at the Olympic Winter Games and it is essential that we have medical equipment to aid their health check-ups and to diagnose injuries on-site. Through a long-standing partnership with GE, who has provided essential healthcare solutions to the Olympic Games for the past 10 years, we will do our best to make sure Olympians can perform at their best in PyeongChang.”
GE’s Centricity PACS solution (Picture Archiving and Communication System) uses Zero Footprint technology that allows clinicians to access the images on their PC and their mobile anytime, anywhere at the Olympic site. Without installing an additional application, clinicians can see and analyse medical images wherever they want. This is an essential solution for providing optimal healthcare at the Games, where the venues are far apart.
At this year’s Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, GE Healthcare has developed the Athlete Management Solution (AMS), which is a new Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system that collects multiple kinds of data. The solution incorporates imaging scans, patient vitals, and venue, event and sport-specific information. AMS provides real-time dashboards that can help inform medical staff so that they can personalise treatment for all participating athletes and identify trends in injury, and illness across the Games.