Our last Thursday post focused on the history of the Olympics, unfolding the Games’ glory in little informational morsels. This week, we’re looking to our present day Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. It’s no secret that these Games have been plagued with a lot of unrest, from questions of the government’s spending to water quality issues. Perhaps one of the hottest topics surrounding the Olympic Games’ health has to do with the Zika virus.
Because this has been such a hot button issue, the tech industry has been working hard to use technology to combat Zika in Rio. Tech companies are using many different avenues to best fight off the spread of the disease, implementing mapping technology, smart thermometers, and even an app to track and monitor the virus. As each of these avenues are developed, one thing is clear: having easy-to-understand, intuitive information about how Zika spreads is crucial to any preventative measures. In conjunction with Esri, local authorities in Rio are working to keep up-to-date information on where the disease is and has been over time.
The current map has hundreds of layers, including where aerial pesticides have been sprayed, population demographics, and outbreak locations. By crowdsourcing information through Esri, the Rio authorities have even more access to real-time information on the Zika situation surrounding the Rio Olympics.