The IT infrastructure in place to manage the Olympic Games has passed its first technical rehearsal after the IT leader for the event, Atos and other major vendors, tested a range of equipment in place to manage the event.
The tests, which also involved the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), checked the communications, media and security and involved creating conditions similar to that of the Games to see how they would cope.
Roughly 300 IT professionals from Atos and its partners, including the likes of BT, Cisco and Samsung, where involved in the testing.
Michele Hyron, chief integrator for London 2012 at Atos, said the success of the tests showed that the huge resources the firm was placing in the run-up to the event was paying off.
"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," she said.
"The completion of the first technical rehearsal shows that our team of business technologists are very much on course."
A final technical rehearsal is scheduled to take place in May among the key technology vendors providing services to the Games, ahead of the deployment of 3,500 technology specialists to the Games sourced from Atos and other firms.
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe added that the success of the first tests underlined the importance being placed on the use of technology at the Games.
"You cannot underestimate the important role technology will play in the successful delivery of London 2012. Everything must perform seamlessly and Atos' business technologists, like the athletes, must be ready from the first moment to strive for their personal best," he said.
"With the first operational readiness test now complete, the final preparations for the Games are well underway."
The Olympics is set to be a major landmark in the use of IT, with huge pressure expected to be placed on internet and mobile networks, and firms in London being urged to seek ways to let staff work remotely or flexibly to avoid overcrowding the cities transport links.
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