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Top 10 technologies powering the Olympic and Paralympic Games

27 Jul 2012

So, here it is. The greatest show on earth is upon us, in our own back yard. After seven years of planning, preparations and a few hurdles, the Olympics Games are about to begin.

With so many celebrations to take place in the coming weeks of human brilliance in the sporting arena it's easy to forget the role that those behind the scenes have played, particularly in technology.

From the front-end to the back-end, from underground Wi-Fi 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 ability to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

10. Wi-Fi will get the world online to share their Olympic experiences

Wireless iconImagine a world without Wi-Fi. You can't, it's impossible isn't it? Wherever we go there's the endless hunt for Wi-Fi: 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 Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi on the London Underground from Virgin Media, and notable rollouts from O2 across various streets of London will help meet this need from both UK residents and foreigners alike, so there should, hopefully, be plenty of Wi-Fi for everyone.

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Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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