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A look at the technology behind the London Olympics

From 12,000 PCs to WiFi on the London Tube
Fri Mar 09 2012, 16:31
London Olympics Stadium

WITH LESS THAN 200 DAYS TO GO until the Olympics kicks off in the East End of London, The INQUIRER has teamed up with Cisco to deliver a series of articles looking at the role technology will play in delivering one of the world's greatest events.

These articles will look at everything from the network technology in place to keep the Olympics online, to the best mobile devices to invest in to watch the greatest athletes on the planet battling it out.

In this opening piece, The INQUIRER will provide an overview of some of the main technology vendors providing their equipment and expertise to the Games as they face the home straight on one of the most eagerly anticipated events in living memory in the UK.

While athletes across the world are no doubt finalising their preparations for two weeks that might well be the pinnacles of their careers, technology firms are also hard at work behind the scenes, making sure the software, hardware and infrastructure necessary to run an event of such magnitude is primed and ready to go.

As you can imagine, the scale of the technology used to run and manage an event as big as the Olympics Games is nothing short of immense. From phone systems to networks and servers to timing equipment, it all has to run perfectly, with no room for even the slightest error.

Much of the equipment required to run the Games is already in place and is being tested and re-tested to ensure it will work without fail when the big day arrives, and The INQUIRER has been lucky enough to have already seen many of these preparations.

Acer is one such firm that has delivered a wealth of hardware equipment to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to help the staff of Atos Origin manage and monitor all the data flowing around the networks to public display screens and media outlets' computer screens.

This hardware includes around 700 servers, 1,000 netbooks and some 12,000 PCs, with the vast majority housed in the LOCOG building in Canary Wharf, from which the stadium in Stratford is dimly visible in the distance.


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