16 Aug 2016
Worldwide Olympic Partner GE is helping to bring the Olympic Games Rio 2016 to life for athletes, spectators and viewers worldwide, with the company’s cutting edge technology being used in every Olympic venue and over 160 infrastructure projects throughout the host city.
GE, which has been a member of The Olympic Partners (TOP) Programme since 2005, has been working closely with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee in the build-up to the Games and is providing a variety of critical services – from lighting the fields of play and other critical venues, such as the famous Maracanã Stadium, which will host the Opening Ceremony, to ensuring power connectivity and continuity for the International Broadcast Centre, which will provide live coverage of the Games for billions of viewers around the world.
“We are committed to working with the IOC and the local Organising Committees to deliver world-class infrastructure solutions and a sustainable legacy to future generations,” says Jeff Immelt, GE Chairman & CEO.
In addition, GE has equipped the Olympic Games Polyclinic with advanced medical imaging technologies – including a wide range of digital imaging equipment such as MRIs, X-Ray and Ultrasound machines – allowing medical practitioners and trainers to determine an earlier and more accurate diagnosis and recovery plan for Olympians in Rio. For the first time at an Olympic Games, all athletes in Rio will also have access to Electronic Medical Records (EMR), powered by GE, to further enable more efficient care.
Within the host city, GE is also enabling enhancements and improvements to a number of local services and utilities, particularly in the supply of critical power and water solutions to support the staging of the Games, while the company has also presented Rio with legacy gifts as part of its commitment to the Games and their host cities.
These include better, more efficient lighting for critical public spaces including the Central Business District and Flamengo Park – Rio’s largest public park and the venue for sailing and cycling events at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Here, GE’s LED floodlighting and roadway fixtures with tele-management technology will decrease power consumption with between 50-78 per cent energy savings, saving Rio City Hall maintenance expenditure, increasing the sense of security and improving lighting quality for the enjoyment and benefit of Rio’s inhabitants and visitors.
GE is also transforming the technology at Rio’s Souza Aguiar Hospital by replacing the dated surgery/diagnostic imaging equipment with more advanced technology and providing radiology imaging systems (PACS) for the renovated radiology clinic. This will help the hospital offer greater patient safety though lower radiation dosage while also improving efficiency, meaning more patients can be treated faster with a potential increase in surgeries performed of 30 per cent.