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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  • 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

  • Windows Azure

    NBC caught a lot of flak for its "live, not live" coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, but the broadcaster is hoping to be redeemed during Sochi. In efforts to offer live streaming, Adobe and Microsoft teamed up to power the streams with help from Windows Azure. The cloud platform streams live events onto almost every platform, with more than 1,000 hours of video across 15 winter sports.

    Image: Microsoft

  • BMW carbon fiber bobsled

    Carbon fiber may not be the most interesting of topics, but it's helping to power one of the more competitive races during the winter games. BMW USA assigned a team of engineers to work with top American bobsledders to rebuild the skeleton design from scratch, The Washington Post reports. By using the carbon-based material, often used in aerospace applications, the weight of the craft was reduced enough to create a lighter, more centralized mass. Ergonomics are also important, such as streamlining the interior, making it easier for the athletes to "jump" in from their running start.

    Image: BMW

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