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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  • 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

  • Deep-packet inspection technologies

    Controversially used by Internet providers to inspect secure traffic and prevent piracy, deep-packet inspection is being used at the Sochi Games in efforts to increase security and protect against cyberattacks and real-life events. Canadian news network CBC reports that the technology is specifically being used to filter for keywords that would read almost every email, social media message, and record the data of all phone calls — which will be sent directly to Russia's equally controversial domestic security service, the FSB.

    Image: Charles Robinson/Twitter

Topics: Networking, Mobility, Security

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