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Olympic IT systems pass first test stage

Going for the gold
Wed Apr 04 2012, 14:06

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES FIRM Atos has completed the first testing stage for its Olympics Information Technology (IT) lashup.

The good news is that things are working, meaning that the proceedings should go ahead without a hitch or a "try turning it off and then on again".

Atos said today that the first of its two testing stages was a meticulous process that involved simulations of Games-time conditions and was successful. It said that around 300 IT professionals took part, but we do not imagine that they were made to compete in actual sporting events.

"[Our IT professionals] will be striving to achieve their own personal best for London 2012 with the same mindset of an Olympic athlete to deliver the Games successfully," said Michele Hyron, chief integrator for London 2012 at Atos.

"By the end of the testing phase, we will have undertaken more than 200,000 hours of meticulous testing of the IT system for London 2012, which will process 30 per cent more information than at any other Games in history. The completion of the first technical rehearsal shows that our team of Business Technologists are very much on course."

The next testing stage starts in May, and by the time the games begin there will be 3.500 IT professionals working with 900 servers and around 10,000 computers.

"You cannot underestimate the important role technology will play in the successful delivery of London 2012. Everything must perform seamlessly," said Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012.

"With the first operational readiness test now complete, the final preparations for the Games are well underway." µ


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