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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  • 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

  • Aerial drones

    Along with the heavy surveillance at the Sochi games, don't be too surprised if you see a drone hovering nearby. The Associated Press reported they will be used to film Olympic events rather than being used for surveillance, allowing the media to get very close to the action without distracting the athletes. That's not to say the watchful eye of Big Brother won't be looming over the event...

    Image: Skyvantage/Twitter

Topics: Networking, Mobility, Security

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