Sunday 21, August 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: GE, worldwide partner of the Olympic Games since 2006, announced it has exceeded US$1.5 billion in infrastructure sales related to the Olympic Games over the past 10 years. During this period, GE has worked closely with host countries, cities and Organizing Committees to complete over 1,000 infrastructure projects for Olympic Games venues, health centers and surrounding commercial buildings.

The technology provided aims to support the organizing committees’ goals of building sustainable Olympic Games that improve the infrastructure of the host cities and provide state-of-the-art healthcare for Olympians.

“We are proud of our work with the IOC and local Organizing Committees in delivering a variety of critical healthcare, energy, power, water, and lighting solutions for the Olympic Games across six host cities to date,” said John Rice, Vice Chairman, GE. “Rio 2016 has been a great event that has further strengthened the sustainable Olympic legacy for future generations. We are already working with Korea and Japan to ensure their Games build further on this legacy.”

Our critical technology is in every venue for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Through Current, powered by GE, we are providing state-of-the-art lighting with over 200,000 fixtures for the fields of play and critical venues, including the famous Maracanã Stadium for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

In the International Broadcast Center we provide power connectivity and continuity to ensure live coverage of the Games on-site and for billions of spectators around the world. All the energy that fuels the Center’s operation passes through our system with over 3,000 Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units delivering redundancy and reliability throughout the broadcast period.

Critical to the success of the Games is the provision of world-class healthcare to maximize athlete performance and quality competition. In the Olympic Games Polyclinic, GE has equipped sports physicians with advanced medical imaging technologies including a wide range of digital imaging equipment such as MRIs, X-Ray and Ultrasound machines.

“The Polyclinic is the jewel in the crown of medical provision at the Olympic Games,” says Dr Richard Budgett, Chief Medical Officer, IOC. “During the Games, it’s about providing a medical and diagnostic service which is fast and also really accurate, and that has a level of excellence that everyone from all around the world can be confident in. With that confidence, both the support staff and the athletes can give it their best.”

In 2016, for the first time, all athletes at an Olympic Games have access to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) powered by GE to further enable more efficient care. This equipment allows medical practitioners and trainers to determine an earlier and more accurate diagnosis and recovery plan for today’s Olympians. To date, GE equipment has generated over 1,000 scans including MRIs, X-rays and Ultrasounds and 4,000 medical records in the system to assist in the fast assessment and treatment of athletes from all nations.

For Rio 2016, GE has also brought its global footprint to bear. Over 5,000 jobs have been involved in the design, manufacture and delivery of the technologies which form part of the infrastructure behind a successful Olympic Games. These jobs and technologies reach from Brazil to the US, Hungary, India, China and Switzerland.

Legacy to Rio 2016:
As part of its contribution to the Olympic Games and to leave a sustainable legacy, GE has made a triple donation to the city of Rio de Janeiro and its population. The gifts come in the form of more efficient lighting for critical public spaces including Flamengo Park, Rio’s largest public park and the venue for sailing and cycling events during the Games, as well as the Lapa district, a central and historical area of Rio. LED floodlighting and roadway fixtures with tele-management technology will decrease power consumption with between 50-78% energy savings and improve maintenance efficiency for the Rio municipality.

In addition to these lighting donations, GE is transforming the medical technology at Rio’s Souza Aguiar central public hospital, which delivers care to a largely underserved population and operates the second largest emergency center in Latin America. Here they treat an average of 7,500 patients performing 600 surgeries per month. To improve the efficiency, number of surgeries and patient safety through lower radiation dosage, GE has replaced the dated installed base of surgery/diagnostic imaging systems for the renovated Radiology clinic. This equipment will mean more patients can be treated faster with a potential increase of 30% in surgeries performed, also decreasing waiting time for the patients.