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How tech’s all-stars are playing the Olympics

Brandon Butler | Aug. 4, 2016
Cisco has supplied 60 tons of equipment to create an Olympic-sized network

Real-time results, brought to you by Atos

European IT integrator Atos has built a Games Management System, which will support the planning and operations of the games. It handles information such as athlete qualifications and entries, as well as a portal for recruiting the 50,000 volunteers and checking them in during the games. Meanwhile, another Information Diffusion System will deliver real-time results to the Olympics community, including the media. This includes a commentator information system for broadcasters, as well as portals for judges, coaches and sponsors.

Looking for reliable WiFi?

WiFi could be a challenge in Rio with the millions of fans descending on the city. Linktel is partnering with Aptilo to offer a subscription-based, encrypted WiFi service for the month of August for only $9.90 for unlimited use. For the past four years Linktel has been building out the WiFi network in Brazil and now has access points at 6,500 locations, including 60 shopping malls, 30 airports, 140 restaurants and 180 cafes. Aptilo is a Sweedish-based carrier.

Ericsson provides video support to NBC

NBC will be broadcasting the Olympics in the U.S., but telecommunications provider Ericsson will be playing a big role in making sure video content recorded in high definition in Brazil is delivered to U.S. homes. NBC has contracted with Ericsson to provide video distribution services using Ericsson’s video compression technology. Ericsson will use a combination of video processing and advanced modular receivers to deliver the support. Ericsson will also have engineers on site. It’s the sixth time NBC has contracted to work with Ericsson, dating back to the 2006 Winter games in Turin, Italy.


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