As sport experts with more than twenty years' top-level domestic and international experience, everyone here at Reading Room is especially excited about the 2018 Winter Olympics!
The lavish opening ceremony kicks off on Friday, February 9th, at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea. Despite the 'feels like' temperature nudging minus 14 degrees Celsius, the $78million venue still has no roof. Right. We'll be watching from the sofa, thanks. For us Brits, the party will be broadcast from 10.30am (GMT) on BBC One.
If you're anything like us, you'll be curious to know what technology is going to be behind the Opening Ceremony. Right now, it's anyone's guess. But if we take a look back at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, the obvious wow factor was the dizzying amount of video technology.
The arena floor was turned into a giant projection screen, whilst LED technology in each seat cast thousands of 'medals' across the crowd. Illuminated figures, moving decorations and synchronized fireworks made the show something of a pyromaniac's fantasy.
The secret? 132 projectors, thousands of computer-assisted controls and 50 billion dollars. But we already knew that. What is much less palpable is the hundreds of sensors, cameras, lasers and digital clocks that measure time in thousandths of a second. These systems - present at every Olympic Games event - do more than just record times; they create history.
Behind these timers and all the light displays sit more than 3,000 single- and three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units and power distribution systems provided by GE Energy Connections, the world's Digital Industrial Company. A team of 35 GE power professionals will monitor the performance of these systems 24/7, collecting tens of thousands of readings every hour.
After all, every second matters.
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