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Striving for Gold: The Technology Running the 2016 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics are fast approaching. Due to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5-21, the games will host athletes from around the world ready to compete for a chance at a gold medal. And, just as the athletes have been preparing for the Games, so have the countless vendors, employees and volunteers who are handling the technology requirements. The event promises to bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area, in addition to the more than 3.6 billion viewers expected to watch the Games. The data and technology needs for accommodating them is tremendous. To meet these demands, the International Olympic Committee recently opened the Technology Operations Centre (TOC) for the 2016 Games. The TOC supervises all 144 Olympic competition and non-competition venues. During [...]

A Digital Olympics – The Technology Behind the 2014 Winter Games

All eyes are on Sochi, Russia, where athletes from around the world will compete in the XXII Olympic Winter Games—90 events in 15 different sports. The world will be watching. Think about that for a second. The entire world will be watching. International television broadcasts, live online streaming, and streaming to handheld tablets and other mobile devices will literally put the Games in front of and in the hands of billions. To say the infrastructure required to realize this is colossal might just be scratching the surface. We blogged in 2012 about the technology and some of the hardware that delivered the Summer Games, but even in the short span of two years, advancements in the IT space have pushed the boundaries of data collection and dissemination, content delivery, and [...]