London: London 2012 and Atos, Worldwide IT Partner for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, today officially unveiled the Technology Operations Centre — the mission control for all 94 Olympic competition and non-competition venues.
The launch followed the first phase of the London Prepares Series, during which Atos and the London 2012 technology team delivered the IT for a series of test events.
Technology Operations Centre
The Technology Operations Centre monitors and controls the IT systems that will deliver the results from all the Olympic and Paralympic sports events to the world's media in real time. For the London 2012 Games, Atos expects to process 30% more results data than in Beijing.
One of the technology improvements for the London 2012 Games is that, for the first time ever in the Summer Games, all 26 Olympic sports and 5 of the Paralympic sports have been added to the Commentator Information System (CIS). Managed, centrally from the Technology Operations Centre, the Commentator Information System provides commentators and journalists with touch-screen technology that gives results in real time, so quick they can see the results before they hear the roar of the crowd. It is also the first time broadcasters will have access both in London and their home countries to the system for all Olympic and 5 Paralympic sports.
Atos says that during Games time, the Technology Operations Centre will comprise about 450 business technologists covering 180 positions, to manage and monitor the technology infrastructure and systems including IT security, telecommunications, power and the results systems. It will be staffed by the London 2012 Technology team, Atos and the other technology partners.
London Prepare Series
The first phase of the London Prepare Series, earlier this month, served as real life practice events for not just athletes, but also the technology team, as well as the media, and the venues themselves.
During the 79 days of competition, the London 2012 technology team, Atos and all the technology partners set up and took down almost 180 servers, over 1160 PCs and laptops, 190 network and security devices and more than 400 printers and copiers. In terms of technology, the events went well.
The electronic access control system, fully integrated with the accreditation system was tested during the first phase of the London Prepares Series. It checks real time that the person is accessing space where he/she is authorized.
Paul Deighton, London 2012 Chief Executive, commented: "Technology often goes unnoticed and yet is absolutely critical to our success in 2012. The Games cannot happen without technology and I am delighted that that our London 2012 Technology team together with Atos and the team of technology partners are on track to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012."