Precise Time Keeping and Judging Innovations
It seems unimaginable that at one time, Olympic judges supplied their own stopwatches to keep time during races and time-centric events. This practice often led to varying degrees of legitimacy in results. It’s not until the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles that Omega introduced its Olympics chronograph, made with a fly-back hand, which allowed judges to use an identical, precision-rated piece for timekeeping, thus increasing the accuracy and reliability of results. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Seiko coordinated a quartz crystal timer with the shot from the starter’s pistol and employed a photofinish mechanism to get results down to 1/100th of a second accuracy. Creating this technology for the Olympics helped Seiko later invent the quartz wristwatch in 1969 — a technological milestone for society at large.
This year marked Omega’s 28th time as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games. Throughout the decades, the brand has pulled out all the stops to become ever more precise and accurate, and have come a long way from the days of the chronographs. The Rio Olympics used 480 timekeepers, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, sensors, electronic starting pistols, detection devices, and touchpads in pools resulting from heavy investments into research and development.
The Omega Scan’o’vision Myria camera is one of the innovations that were introduced this year. The camera captures 10,000 images per second in the photo finish. The brand also developed a fourcell Photocell Technology system that tracks body stance and movements for use in determining track winners, and a new Archery Targeting System that calculates the arrow’s distance from the center point with an accuracy of 0.2mm – more than the human eye can detect.
The ancient martial art, Taekwondo, has even embraced technology. The point system technology was dependent on assessment from referees, often resulting in complaints from athletes and officials. In the 2012 London Games, they wore vests fitted with sensors. At Rio this year, the fighters also wore magnetized socks and headgear equipped with impact sensors that recorded every kick to the head. comprehensive as BBC’S online coverage. NBC broadcasted hundreds of hours of coverage in ultra high definition, known as 4k, which features four times the pixels of regular high definition. However, there was a 24-hour time delay considering the processing time required to produce the footage, and viewers needed a 4K-equipped TV to watch. The BBC tested 4K behind closed doors, not making it available to the public, while Japan’s NHK recorded in Super High-vision, that’s 8k – 16 times as many pixels as regular HD. Since regular televisions are not able to display 8K video yet, they aired the footage at public broadcasting centers around Tokyo. Their aim is to build the technology’s profile ahead of the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Since the 2012 London Olympics, there has been an explosion in drone technology in TV. This year BBC partnered with Olympics Broadcasting Services to provide international broadcasters with coverage of rowing and some other sports with drone cameras to avoid distorted images and provide more ‘side-on’ cameras. Getty Images and Associated Press utilized myriad robot cameras to capture the Games at every angle imaginable. Some of the most stunning pictures captured allowed viewers a fresh angle of swimming contests where the cameras were beneath the surface of the water. Samsung also partnered with Olympics Broadcasting Services to generate around 85 hours of programming for Samsung Gear VR users from the Games in virtual reality, including the opening and closing ceremonies.
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In the boxing ring, Canadian and US fighters trained with Hykso, a sensor that calculates the amount of punches being thrown, as well as the types and speeds of those punches. It is worn inside the fighter’s wraps and uses two independent accelerometers and 3D motion tracker. Some divers trained with tiny waterproof sensors to let them know how high they jumped and how long it took them to get into their first spin. Real-time data such as this assists athletes in all disciplines by allowing them to make critical adjustments in their performance.
Even the most advanced distance swimmers tend to lose track of their lap count. At Rio, digital lap counters were provided by Omega that sat at the bottom of each lane, near the swimmer’s turning point, automatically updating the lap count when a swimmer hit the touchpad on the wall. Swimmers of the 800m and 1500m freestyle competitions, managed to focus more on their own performance.
SMART CITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
According to Euromonitor estimates, the smart cities market is expected to reach USD 3.3 trillion by 2025 worldwide, with up to half of the industry surfacing from emerging markets. The Middle East is leading the race to be smart, and the region is likely to see major gains due to signifificant initiatives launched In the past, the demand from buildings was far more straightforward than today, with safety, security and comfort being the main criteria. Conversely, today’s drive for greater productivity, connectivity, health and satisfaction is raising the bar for buildings to become smarter and to put the needs of its occupants first. According to Honeywell Smart Building Score Report, Doha and Dubai lead the by governments and private sector developers. The six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates – have been witnessing rapid population growth and urban development brought on by historically region in terms of their smart building capabilities across all three categories of Green, Safe and Productive. This is largely attributed to the presence of stronger building regulations in both cities, both past and present. Smart cities are becoming a focal point of national strategy and more and more e-services are being introduced or in development by governments across the strong oil revenue and construction and modernization booms. A number of smart developments have been launched across the region, including Lusail City in Qatar, KAEC in Saudi Arabia, and Silicon Park in Dubai – as part of the broader platform of Smart Dubai. region. The most ambitious program is taking place in Dubai, led by the Smart Dubai Office, and which aims to turn Dubai into the world’s smartest and happiest city through the implementation of 1,000 smart initiatives and 100 smart services by 2017.
METHODS USED FOR CITY SERVICES
Looking at consumer behavior in the UAE, the largest portion of respondents go in person to finalize governmental (76% and 71% renew their residence permits and trade licenses in person respectively) and financial services (53% pay their credit card bills, loans and insurance in person). Meanwhile, it is interesting to note that about 1/3 of survey respondents pay their government bills and fines through an app / website, which is much higher than other governmental transactions. This also indicates residents’ willingness/ appetite to use digital channels to execute government services. Finally, it is also interesting to note that there is a significant minority of individuals that do everything in person – each service had at least ~25% of respondents saying they complete it in person.
Ththe perceived benefits of digital channels reflect the ever-growing demand for fast, reliable, and hassle-free services. Ththe top two drivers for digital channel adoption – saving time (24% of respondents) and ability to book 24/7 (20% of respondents) – show that UAE residents are constantly looking for speed, flexibility and accuracy in services.