IT cutbacks for 2012 Olympics


None of that flashy Chinese nonsense

In a move for sustainability the IT backbone for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is to be cut.

According to the Games’ chief integrator, Michele Hyron of Atos Origin, each section of the computing infrastructure will be made more efficient in order to minimise redundant equipment and hopefully reduce energy consumption.

Atos will be coordinating the technology infrastructure that will handle sporting results from over 90 venues across the UK. The IT company hopes to continue building and using the Commentator Information System it offered during the Beijing Games.

"For London, we think that people will want even more access to results, pictures and information about the sites in real-time," said Hyron.

However, unlike the Beijing Games, the results will be relayed via the public wireless network which will be available in the Olympic Park – this means cutting out the 2,500 results terminals.

"We will have a challenge related to providing new ideas to deliver sustainability at the London 2012 Games. We will be working with the organising committee to be as cost-effective as possible in terms of the architecture," explains Hyron.

The team of workers which will deliver more than 1,000 servers, 10,000 PCs and 4,000 printers will be lead by Hyron and is expected to increase to several thousands by July 2012.

Atos Origin will conduct more than 200,000 hours of testing on the London Games systems, starting in two years time.

Hyron was operations manager at the Beijing Olympics and integration manager at the Athens 2004 Games and therefore reckons that based on these successful past experiences the 2012 monitoring system should perform well.

Zdnet (c) 2010 Incisive Media

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