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Olympic IT knowledge travels the world as Brazil countdown begins

Firms involved pass on the baton with their expertise from 2012
Fri Nov 30 2012, 16:00
Cristo Redentor statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro

AT THE START of the year the approach of the Olympic Games was greeted by most with disinterest, perhaps boredom, and in some cases annoyance that we were paying for what was seen as nothing more than a white elephant.

Now, as the memory of those heady days fades into the distance, most are sad to think they will never see the Olympics in the city again, but happy to have been present to witness a fantastic moment of history in the capital and around the country.

For those involved in the delivery of the games the experience was no doubt similar, with Cisco, Acer, Samsung and other major IT vendors all counting down to the event with a mix of trepidation and excitement at its scale and requirements.

They too all came through with flying colours, having delivered a seamless, trouble-free technology infrastructure, both at the front end and at the back end, to play their part in creating such a successful games.

These firms are now involved in the Transfer of Knowledge period with the next Olympics host city, Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, alongside the London Organising Committee of the Olympics Games (LOCOG).

Acer Olympics project manager Michael Trainor is one of those involved in this process, which marks the final stage in the firm's involvement with the 2012 Games.

"Last week two members of the project team were in Brazil attending the official transfer of knowledge session to the Rio organising committee alongside LOCOG and other technology partners that delivered a hugely successful London 2012," he told The INQUIRER.

"This is bringing to an end four years of planning, delivery and execution of the London 2012 Games in partnership with the International Olympics Committee (IOC), LOCOG and the other technology partners and suppliers."

These meetings see firms like Acer explaining to their counterparts how they went about ensuring that a successful Games was delivered, with lessons learnt by the firm now passed on to those in Rio.

"One of the biggest issues we knew we would face would be hiring the right people for the duration of the Games, so we had to work with our recruitment partners to get skilled engineers signed up in time, which we did," said Trainor, as one key skill it imparted to Rio's delegation.


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