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London 2012 Has WiFi Police to Shut Down WiFi Hotspots

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It's a hotspot hunter!

The International Olympic Committee recently revealed that mobile hotspots are not allowed at this year's Olympics. While you are permitted to use a your smartphone or tablet inside the venues, personal or private access points, along with 3G hubs and a ton of other items, are not allowed inside. Of course, when this news got around, many people wondered how the IOC planned to stop people from setting up their own WiFi hotspots. The answer is this guy:

 

Twitter user Sadao Turner posted the picture above along with the caption, "Something you won't see on TV, this is the Olympics WiFi Police. They seek unauthorized WiFi signals and shut them down."

We emailed the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games about the picture and they in turn directed us to the UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom, which is looking after the WiFi at the Games. We asked what would happen to someone caught operating a personal hotspot but we haven't heard back just yet.

The ban on WiFi hotspots likely has to do with efforts to keep interference and overloaded networks to a minimum. Already there has been issues with overcrowded networks interfering with event equipment and preventing commentators from receiving necessary data regarding the events.

Image Credit: @SadaoTurner

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    Avro Arrow , August 2, 2012 2:43 PM
    I think that all people with a 3G phone in London should just turn their mobile hotspots on all at once. Let those "police" try dealing with that. LOL
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    tanjo , August 2, 2012 2:44 PM
    More like they don't want other broadcasting amateur videos other than their official coverage.
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    hoofhearted , August 2, 2012 3:02 PM
    People should gleek this guy from behind after he walks by.
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    Ambiguity , August 2, 2012 2:13 PM
    people now can't live without web.. so idea to lock down WiFi hotspots isn't quite brilliant, but…
  • 2 Hide
    nukemaster , August 2, 2012 2:20 PM
    Ambiguitypeople now can't live without web.. so idea to lock down WiFi hotspots isn't quite brilliant, but…

    tell me about it.
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    Anonymous , August 2, 2012 2:26 PM
    I call bs. they have to stop live streaming at the medias request. stupid because the media is the one with all the spoilers anyway.
  • 26 Hide
    Avro Arrow , August 2, 2012 2:43 PM
    I think that all people with a 3G phone in London should just turn their mobile hotspots on all at once. Let those "police" try dealing with that. LOL
  • 22 Hide
    tanjo , August 2, 2012 2:44 PM
    More like they don't want other broadcasting amateur videos other than their official coverage.
  • 17 Hide
    Anonymous , August 2, 2012 2:52 PM
    They should all turn them on, then turn them off before the guy gets over to them, then back on again once he leaves.
  • 18 Hide
    hoofhearted , August 2, 2012 3:02 PM
    People should gleek this guy from behind after he walks by.
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    Anonymous , August 2, 2012 4:23 PM
    Penny wise and pound foolish - paying an Army of Wi-Fi police to run around with a giant antenna.
  • 2 Hide
    officeguy , August 2, 2012 4:36 PM
    He is like "How do you work this thing again" or "I look really dumb pointing this red arrow thingy at people"
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , August 2, 2012 4:37 PM
    Censorship and Fascism. But do keep paying top dollar for the 'service' you aren't allowed to use.
  • 12 Hide
    techtate , August 2, 2012 5:02 PM
    It would be hilarious to mess with this him by using a high gain directional antenna handy to bounce signals off of other objects intermittently.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , August 2, 2012 5:19 PM
    It would be funny if like 100 or so people scattered throught one event of the games were turning on and off their wifi hot spots messing with this r tard lol
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , August 2, 2012 5:19 PM
    Looks like a gun from Ratchet and Clank lol
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    bobusboy , August 2, 2012 5:21 PM
    Big Brother much?

    These olympics are turning to a farce, players throwing their matches. Accusing athelets of using drugs when they're not. Missiles in town, wifi police and incompetent security companies.

    I would not be proud to be a citizen of the country hosting.
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    trapper , August 2, 2012 5:24 PM
    I honestly don't get it. The networks are being pushed pretty hard with the number of people who are there, I'm sure the people working on them are getting a head ache keeping it all working. But from what everyone else is posting it seems like you're saying "Well screw them, lets laugh and make their work even harder, who cares if the network goes down?"

    I mean it does kinda suck that you can't use a personal hotspot, but is it such a big deal that you can't tether while in the crowd? What types of things do people need to tether anyway, their laptops?
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    Ambiguity , August 2, 2012 5:29 PM
    bobusboyI would not be proud to be a citizen of the country hosting.

    It's government's troubles, citizens is just victims of circumstances, but community have to express dissatisfaction, yep.
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    SAL-e , August 2, 2012 5:58 PM
    trapperI honestly don't get it. The networks are being pushed pretty hard with the number of people who are there, I'm sure the people working on them are getting a head ache keeping it all working. But from what everyone else is posting it seems like you're saying "Well screw them, lets laugh and make their work even harder, who cares if the network goes down?"I mean it does kinda suck that you can't use a personal hotspot, but is it such a big deal that you can't tether while in the crowd? What types of things do people need to tether anyway, their laptops?


    Don't you get it or you are just paid FUD person working for the big Media and Telecom Cartels?
    Both Media and Telecom companies buy spectrum and don't use it. They bribe governments to keep unlicensed spectrum to a minimum and now they are preventing the users of using the little-tiny share of the spectrum dedicated for them with most dubious reason:
    Quote:
    Already there has been issues with overcrowded networks interfering with event equipment and preventing commentators from receiving necessary data regarding the events.

    ... WTF: Media/Telco use your unused spectrum and get of your fat asses off the WiFi bandwidth.
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    f-14 , August 2, 2012 6:03 PM
    the commentators at the olympics for america are horrible. it's like almost every single commentator is another chris chase blogger for yahoo.

    i've had it with NBC and am boycotting watching the olympics for the last two days now.
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    xxyyzz , August 2, 2012 8:38 PM
    fuck the police
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    trapper , August 2, 2012 8:59 PM
    Quote:

    ... WTF: Media/Telco use your unused spectrum and get of your fat asses off the WiFi bandwidth.


    The thing is is that they aren't telling you to not use wifi, they aren't telling you to not use your phone. They are asking, that while at the event, you don't use your wifi hotspot feature of your phone or other device. And who needs to run one there anyway? Are you and your friends sitting there with laptops and all connecting to your cell phone?
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