Pre­cise Time Keep­ing and Judg­ing In­no­va­tions

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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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g r n wear­ables and track­ers an in­te­gral part of wav­ing their ring near the NFC card High-vi­sion, a scor­ing sys­tem that train­ing for many Olympic ath­letes. The reader. Ba­si­cally, vis­i­tors and ath­letes at uses 3D lasers to mon­i­tor a gym­nast’s wear­ables are sig­nif­i­cantly more ad­vanced the Olympics venue were able to pay by tech­nique in real-time, and more. than the ones avail­able to con­sumers as swip­ing, tap­ping, dip­ping, or click­ing. Far more ad­vanced track­ing de­vices they run ad­vanced al­go­rithms and spit and gad­gets are be­ing pre­pared for out in­de­scrib­able quan­ti­ties of data. ath­letes, and of course, there will be new For ex­am­ple, the US cy­cling team wore The 2020 Games are al­ready tech­nol­ogy ad­vance­ments that have not So­los aug­mented re­al­ity glasses, which brac­ing for new ma­jor tech­no­log­i­cal been in­vented. I don’t know about the rest started offff as a Kick­starter cam­paign. im­ple­men­ta­tions. Tokyo is pre­par­ing of you, but I can’t wait for 2020. The glasses fea­ture a heads-up dis­play show­ing the cy­clists key data dur­ing train­ing, in­clud­ing heart rate, speed, time, el­e­va­tion, and other in­for­ma­tion in re­al­time. The US Women’s vol­ley­ball team trained wear­ing a VERT jump mon­i­tor around their waists to cal­cu­late their jump heights and counts to help pre­vent in­jury.

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.


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.


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.

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