Intel has announced that it will be working with the IOC to provide technology to ehance the Olympics Games right through to 2024, with a focus on providing communications infrastructure support such as 5G, and also providing platforms for virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree content.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel announced that Intel will join The Olmpic Partner sponsorship program through until 2024. The first Olympic event to feature Intel’s support will be the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, in South Korea, where Intel will be providing real-time streaming of Olympic events in 360-degrees.
“As a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is forging groundbreaking partnerships,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Intel is a world leader in its field, and we’re very excited to be working with the Intel team to drive the future of the Olympic Games through cutting-edge technology. The Olympic Games provide a connection between fans and athletes that has inspired people around the world through sport and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. Thanks to our new innovative global partnership with Intel, fans in the stadium, athletes and audiences around the world will soon experience the magic of the Olympic Games in completely new ways.”
Intel will be rolling out technology to Olympics events as the partnership moved forward, including 5G infrastructure to demonstrate how wireless communication technology will develop, drone technology to capture footage and provide ‘drone light shows’ in the sky and Intel 360 replay technology to allow sport fans to view events immersively from several different angles.
“We are excited to join the Olympic Movement and integrate Intel’s innovative technologies to advance the Olympic Games experience for fans around the world,” said Intel’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich. “Through this close collaboration with the Olympic family, we will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world’s largest athletic stage.”
VRFocus will continue to report on VR and 360-degree technology at the Olympics.