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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  • 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

  • Samsung's WOW app

    Smartphone maker Samsung, not wanting to miss out (or have anyone at home for that matter) on the latest from the games, created an app that allows Galaxy phone owners to keep up-to-date with the latest breaking news and scores. The Korean electronics giant released the app in late January allowing their customers to have a customized view of the games, and get the inside track of what's going on.

    Image: CNET/Samsung

Topics: Networking, Mobility, Security

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