The South Korean Government will use robots to enhance security at Pyeongchang 2018 venues during the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, it has been reported.
News agency Yonhap has reported that the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in the nation will establish a robot support team, which will draw up a series of plans to implement the use of the technology at the Games.
It will be led by Oh Joon-ho, a professor of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Pyeongchang 2018 are also reportedly mulling over the idea of using humanoid robots to help provide news at the Press Centre for journalists and media and at stadiums due to be used for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
“We will look into various possibilities, including anti-terror robots or small surveillance robots,” Oh told Yonhap.
“We will study ways on how to best demonstrate Korea’s robotic technology, taking the budget into consideration.”
It is hoped the presence of the robots at the first-ever Winter Games to take place in South Korea will improve the safety of the event amid fears of terrorism at major sporting events.
The technology is unlikely to be cheap, however, and the news comes as financial concerns surrounding Pyeongchang 2018 reportedly led the Organising Committee to ask the South Korean Government and International Olympic Committee for increased funding.
It has been claimed that the original budget of KRW ₩2.2 trillion (£1.4 billion/$1.9 billion/€1.7 billion) has ballooned, forcing organisers to appeal for a further KRW ₩600 billion (£386 million/$518 million/€468 million).
The present budget is said to be based on the 2011 winning bid for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and does not include added costs involving new disciplines and other variables.
Tokyo 2020 are also in the process of implementing robotic technology for when they host the Games.
They are set to use robots to assist gymnastics judges with their scoring.
Liam Morgan, insidethegames.biz