The Lighting of the Olympic Lights
At this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, General Electric has been involved in more than 160 infrastructure projects; 80 of which are lighting projects, with GE donating more than 190,000 energy-efficient lighting fixtures over an area equivalent to 1,068 athletic fields (an area that includes the velodrome, tennis center, and Maracanã stadium).
Being an Olympic partner since 2005, GE looks to give something back to the community of the host city—a legacy lasting beyond the sporting spectacle. So, in addition to providing illumination to the Games, training centers and Olympic Village, GE will leave behind updated lighting in Flamengo Park and the Lapa area.
Beyond the typical lighting solutions, GE also worked with Olympic athletes to develop a way to visually monitor their performance using LED biosensors—a technique that allows sensors to capture acceleration, muscle activity, heart rate, etc. This information is digitally converted and used to drive a series of LED lights to “paint the performance” of an athlete, with par…
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