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Top 10 technologies powering the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Underground WiFi, giant screens, advanced timing systems and cutting-edge sporting equipment
Fri May 25 2012, 17:47

THE OLYMPICS and the Paralympics are all about finding the best of the best - separating the cream from the crop, the wheat from the chaff, the good from the bad (and the ugly). As such, The INQUIRER has put together its own list of the Top 10 technologies that will help make the Olympics a one-of-a-kind event.

From the front-end to the back-end, from underground WiFi to speed guns that track runners pushing the very limits of human fitness, these are the pieces of kit, developed in fluorescently-lit labs, which will shine on the world stage.

While the athletes, broadcasters and the public at large will pay them little heed, here we pay tribute to these unsung heroes that help come together to provide the UK with the right to host the greatest show on earth. It almost brings a tear to the eye.

10. WiFi will get the world online to share their Olympic experiences

Wireless iconImagine a world without WiFi. You can't, it's impossible isn't it? Wherever we go there's the endless hunt for WiFi: to access emails, update Twitter and play Draw Something, all on a faster connection and free from the tyranny of the Data Usage Policy - shudder.

The Olympics will be an occasion where the hunt for WiFi will be bigger than ever as tourists look to avoid expensive roaming charges to send pics to Twitter, and loved ones, of themselves at the Games, on the Tube and wandering the streets of London.

Thankfully, numerous projects, including WiFi on the London Underground from Virgin Media, and notable rollouts from O2 across various districts of London will help meet this need from both UK residents and foreigners alike, so there should, hopefully, be plenty of WiFi for everyone.


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