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LOCOG boasts eight million downloads of Olympics app

CIO reveals half a million users are accessing results every day
Fri Aug 03 2012, 11:00
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MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION people have downloaded the Olympics Results app on their smartphone or tablet, the CIO of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has revealed.

Speaking at the Global Business Summit on ICT in London on Friday, LOCOG CIO Gerry Pennell said that since the application was released for all major platforms it has been downloaded 8.1 million times and is being widely used during the Games.

"At any given point in the afternoons, such as on Thursday, we have about half a million people looking at results on the website, a third of which are using mobile devices [via the application]," he explained.

The Olympic Results application was unveiled in June, with LOCOG having told The INQUIRER's sister IT news web site V3 in early July that it would be making the app available for Windows Phone devices as well.

"Our drivers are slightly different from some commercial enterprises and our remit as an organising committee is to engage with as many people as possible through as many channels as possible," Pennell said at the time.

Pennell also highlighted the role that technology has played in delivery of the Games, explaining that one pound in every four spent by LOCOG had gone on technology.

This included some 100,000 components such as scoreboards, digital displays and servers that were installed in venues in the last six to eight weeks before the Games began. µ


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