Top three Rio Olympics technology innovations

As the 2016 Summer Olympics excitement arise, have decided to look at the  top three technology innovations introduced for the sporting competitions in Rio de Janeiro.

Photo finish technology

One of the main innovations introduced for the Rio Games is the photofinish technology by Omega. The cameras capture images of athlete as soon as they cross the finish line – the new release of the technology, the camera Scan ‘O’ Vision MYRIA, captures better quality images, around 10,000 digital photos in a vertical line per second.


Security balloons

Four balloons with high resolution cameras will support security scheme for the Rio Games. Developed by Brazilian manufacturer Altave, the devices will send images produced by the 13 cameras installed internally in real time to the Center for Integrated Regional Command and Control, coordinated by the Army.

This is the first time such large-scale monitoring devices are using in an edition of the Olympic Games and the host city of the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo, as well as Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, and have shown interest in the technology.


Visa and Brazilian bank Bradesco

Visa and Brazilian bank Bradesco are trialing wearables including a bracelet equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology for payments at the Olympic Games. A user base of 3,000 people including athletes, artists and journalists taking part in the sporting events will be using the rubber waterproof bracelet to pay for goods and services inside the Olympic venues at more than 4,000 payment terminals.

In addition, a group of 45 Visa-sponsored Olympic athletes will wear an NFC ring, which is based on a design by McLear & Co and equipped with a Gemalto microchip and will also be used for payments during the Games.nfc

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