Thousands of technicians are set to keep this year’s Olympic Games connected to a worldwide audience amid the treat of cyber-attacks and substantial online traffic.
This year’s Olympics are estimated to produce as much as 33% more data than the Beijing Olympics. Tech company Atos will spearhead the operation and lead six other firms in efforts to maintain the heavy feed of Olympic info not just to on site leaderboards, but to the world audience.
An estimated 8 billion devices will be connected to the Olympic Games this time around after factoring in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, a number far larger than there are people on Earth.
In addition to around 9,500 computers, 1,000 network and security devices as well as 900 servers will contain, monitor and transmit the Olympic data. As many as 200,000 hours of testing will have taken place by the time the Games begin. 3,500 technicians will monitor devices and data transmission to ensure there are no complications, as well as guard against cyber-attacks.
1,800 WiFi stations will be erected especially for the Games.
In addition to all this preparation, all systems have been duplicated to keep any type of failure from interfering with the smooth transmission of Olympic data. As many as 500 specialists are on call to survey systems 24-hours a day to maintain the systems integrity.
It has been a made a point to showcase this year’s Olympics as being comparable to none before. This year’s Olympic Committee has gone to painstaking lengths to ensure things proceed without incident, but only time will tell if their efforts will pay off in the end.