Japan has been well-known for many great sports tech startups. Therefore, it is unquestionable that the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is the Olympic event equipped with the most advanced technology in history.
Let’s take a look at the most typical technologies applied to the world’s largest sporting event.
Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee 2020 calculates the use of 100% clean energy for the 2020 Olympic Games. Specifically, wind power and solar power will be used to illuminate the entire stadium and the athlete’s village area.
Medals made from recycled materials
On July 24, Japan announced a unique medal model with novel design, along with manufacturing materials from electronic waste such as old and broken mobile phones and laptops.
The medal is 8.5 cm in diameter and 12.1 mm thick. The front is carved with the goddess of victory Nike in Greek mythology. There are more than 80,000 old phones donated to make about 5,000 medals for the Olympics.
Just a smartphone to visitors to the 2020 Olympic Games can use the self-driving taxi service, from opening to payment. These cars, also known as RoboCab, were first tested in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo. Japan expects to commercialize widely next year.
To ensure electricity from clean energy, Japan is installing solar roads in Tokyo. There are already some roads put to the test. The solar panels will be placed on the road and then covered with plastic to allow vehicles to circulate normally.
Robots as instructors
The Organizing Committee of the 2020 Olympic Games will arrange automatic humanoid robots in public areas or crowded people to perform the task of interpreting and assisting foreign visitors to Japan. A large number of robots are also used to support the elderly and the disabled.
Face recognition technology
Another interesting technology at the 2020 Olympics is the face recognition system. The system can identify more than 300,000 people, including athletes, volunteers, the media and other employees.
At the stadium gate, face recognition technology will be used to identify people who enter and exit. The camera can recognize many people at a time, making the procedure less cumbersome and time-saving, as well as the security guaranteed.
5G network system
Japanese telecommunications company DoCoMo has signed an agreement with Finnish company Nokia to provide a 5G base network for the Olympics.