February 6, 2018 – Securing the Smart City Olympics

The modern Olympic Games started in 1896, they are a global stage that brings thousands of athletes from across the world every four years, with the Summer and Winter events taking place interchangeably every four years but two years separately.

The Olympics games, have almost always been used to introduce radically innovative and game-changing technologies intended to make the sporting events more efficient, entertaining and spectacular, while also influencing global changes and technology standardization.

Olympics have always necessitated the introduction of improved technologies, few examples include Stopwatches (Athens 1896), photography (Paris 1900), TV Telecast (Berlin), Shinkansen bullet trains (Tokyo 1964), Quantum timers (London 2012), Virtual reality events monitoring breakthroughs (Rio-2016 and Pyeongchang-2018). New technology has been instrumental in shaping the growth of the Games.

From host countries rushing to improve their infrastructure to networks inventing more mesmerizing viewing experience, the Olympic Games is key to spurring growth in technology; it is a high-profile occasion where each operational blunder can sprout away into a global crisis, leading to dire consequences. Because of the importance of information technology to the success of the event, one area of pivotal concern is cyber security.

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