GE leadership team and members of the Olympic committee
GE leadership team and members of the Olympic committee.

Athletes train for most of their lives to even get the chance to compete during an Olympic Game. Winning a medal is an even greater challenge. But, sometimes the biggest challenge is staying healthy and having a “clean” run or race. For the first time in the 122 history of the Olympic Games, Olympians, coaches, and the venues will have the advantage of leveraging GE technology at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in South Korea.

GE, a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, has created an Energy Monitoring System (EMS) to harness insights from thousands of data points at the Games. These insights enable the early detection of potential power disruptions. 

By leveraging CIMPLICITY from GE Digital and Historian data collection solutions, operators are able to monitor and analyze the power supply and consumption of 16 venues, in real-time. At the Main Operations Center, operators remotely monitor energy continuously. This real-time visibility enables prompt diagnosis for quick problem solving in case of power failures.

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The Main Operations Center in PyeongChang.

Not only is this technology digitally transforming PyeongChang 2018 now, but relevant data will be analyzed and discussed in cost savings planning for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022 and beyond.

“The EMS will bring about great convenience in the energy operation at the Olympic Winter Games—serving as a global best practice for strategic energy operation management of a sporting event,” said Willy Cho, Commercial Vice President of GE Digital Korea. 

This type of digital industrial technology can also be leveraged by athletes and coaches to help reduce injuries and improve an athlete’s technique—and ultimately keep them competing for gold.

If our technology can keep the Olympic Games on top of its game, Olympians can be on top of theirs. When we change the game, the world wins.


GE's Energy Monitoring System (EMS)

Olympics Energy Monitoring System | GE Digital

Energy Monitoring System Infographic

GE's Energy Monitoring System (EMS) is the first digital industrial technology in the history of the Olympic games. It will serve a s a digital thread for all 16 Olympic venues to drive real-time energy monitoring and management of the venues. It transforms what is invisible data that can be modeled and analyzed, and ensures greater stability and reliability at the games.


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Laura Sams

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Laura currently oversees content strategy and development for GE Digital. In her role, Laura is responsible for maintaining consistent brand voice and tone across all external marketing materials, as well as, strategically enhancing thought leadership and digital storytelling through blogs, videos, and more. Previous to joining GE Digital, Laura spent five years in healthcare marketing at one of Virginia’s largest healthcare systems, Carilion Clinic. She began her career in journalism as a news producer. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and master’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. 

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