October 13, 2017
By Jan Miszalowski
Historic events are remembered for highlighting state of the art technology, for example Radio broadcasts at the Paris 1924 Olympic Games, TV broadcast at the Berlin 1936 Games, Automated Timing Systems at the Tokyo 1964 Games, and in more recent times London 2012 Games viewed as the Socialympics shifting an average 6GB of multimedia data per second with a network capacity said to be 4 times that of Beijing, to the RIO 2016 Games use of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology for payments, and the emergence of cloud technology, sensor systems, monitoring and tracking systems, IoT, UHD Virtual Reality, Big Data and Data Analytics. The technologies utilised in RIO 2016 are sure to have further prominence in the Tokyo 2020 Games, with emerging technologies such as self-driving vehicles, facial recognition, 5G anticipated.
Technology places a critical dependence on connectivity, both fixed, wireless/mobile to meet the demands and stresses that will be put on it by a diverse user base. The correct infrastructure and connectivity is vital in ensuring that the event runs smoothly and meets the expectations of not only the organisers and participants but the public and the media too.
A successful Event demonstrates effective use of leading edge technology and delivers on the dependency of technology throughout all phases of staging of the lifecycle, from planning through to delivery, operations and dissolution.
The telecoms infrastructure must offer a seamlessly connected and digitally enabled experience to ensure that all communications between and within venues is maintained as well as supporting a huge amount of varying class of data generated to/from the outside world. Each event has a challenge to successfully use state of the art technology to its advantage and to take the opportunity to demonstrate innovation. The spectator expectation is high, with user participation and technology offering unexpected roles, for example: old mobile phones and appliances expected to gather two tonnes of gold, silver and bronze for the 5,000 medals at Tokyo 2020!
FarrPoint assists organising body’s in the specification and sourcing of all communication and integration technologies required to support a major event. Come and visit us at our stand at HostCity 2018.