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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  • 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

  • Sochi's Central technology operations center

    With several Olympics in its portfolio, Atos is the big-name tech firm behind one of the largest IT infrastructures in living memory, sister site CNET reports. From providing accreditation systems to verify people are who they say they are, as well as security and network filtering to prevent malware attacks, the company is in charge of almost everything IT related. 

    Image: Atos via CNET

  • Wi-Fi at the Olympic Village

    Wi-Fi is everywhere nowadays. And no more is it so than in Sochi, with an estimate 54 Tbps of traffic flowing through its networks during the games, according to Network World. This is a massive increase from Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics, where the network could handle just 4 Tbps. The network, powered by Avaya, will serve 30,000 athletes, staff, and members of the media. So even if your hotel room isn't ready (and many are not), the least you can expect is a decent Wi-Fi connection.

    Image: Anna Segal/Twitter

Topics: Networking, Mobility, Security

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