Olympic tech: What's powering the Sochi 2014 Games?

Olympic tech: What's powering the Sochi 2014 Games?

Summary: From snow cannons to deep-packet network inspection and aerial drones, here's some of the gadgets and technologies powering the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.


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  • Dogecoin

    Such coin. Very bobsled. Wow. Virtual currency may have a bit of a bad rap in some circles, but for the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team it was enough to raise funds to send the athletes to Sochi, The Guardian reports. Named after the "Doge" meme, the Bitcoin cryptocurrency spinoff was used as the primary fundraising effort to send the athletes to the winter games. By the end, the team had collected 26 million Dogecoins, equating to about $25,000 more than doubling the value of the currency in the meanwhile.

    Image: Imgur

  • Snow cannons

    Unfortunately for the Olympic athletes, the choice to hold the winter games at Sochi — one of the warmest districts in Russia — might not have thought through so well. To make sure there was enough powdery snow to go around, Russian event organizers used snow cannons to generate vast amounts of the white stuff. About 230 million gallons of water turned into about 1,000 football fields of snow, according to The New York Times

    Image: Imgur

  • IED blocking systems

    Terrorism has remained a focal point of the games, with threats ranging from improvised explosive devices and even toothpaste bombs. Military.com reports the Russian government asked the U.S. to help with detecting and defusing any device that may be discovered. It comes just weeks after a suicide bomber attacked the Russian city of Volgograd, a mere 13-hours drive from Sochi — which by Russia's standards, really isn't far at all. 

    Image: Wikimedia Commons

Topics: Networking, Mobility, Security

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