(Yicai Global) Feb. 12 -- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. unit Alibaba Cloud Computing Co. is applying to authorities to use its latest technology to set up an Olympics innovation center, which could see the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing become the first cloud-based Olympics.
Ma has made several recent trips around China and South Korea, where the Alibaba-sponsored Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games are currently taking place, including a meet with the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, online news agency The Paper reported.
The billionaire entrepreneur invited Bach to the opening of Alibaba’s exhibition hall at this year’s event, at which he demonstrated the Alibaba Cloud ET Sports Brain, an artificial intelligence system for sporting events. Although it wasn’t put to use this year, Ma believes the technology could be used as early as Beijing 2022.
The system can digitalize people, events and buildings for the Games and conduct real-time data analysis, said Chen Tianqiang, head of overseas strategic projects at Alibaba Cloud Computing. It can forecast traffic jams and regulate lights to ease congestion and prioritize emergency service vehicles.
Ma’s vision sees ticketholders entering Olympic venues through facial recognition gates, and obtaining information on events and athletes using modern technology. He believes a cloud system will enhance security to some extent after unidentified hackers invaded the Olympics organizers’ servers on Feb. 9, forcing them to shut down the server and causing problems with tickets and online streaming.