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London 2012 dominated by bigger and faster IT systems

Jack Loo | Aug. 15, 2012
The IT team was able to, for the first time, use collaboration tools to help manage operations.

An enhanced Commentator Information System (CIS) system developed by vendor Atos has such high speeds of data delivery that commentary teams can report directly from their home countries, removing the need for them to be in the stadium, according to the system integrator.

London 2012 was the first Olympic Games in history to stream every single minute of the action live, and it was the first time ever at the Summer Games that all 26 Olympic sports were added to the Commentator Information System (CIS), said Atos, who is the official technology partner of the Games. The Summer Games started on 25 July and concluded on 12 August.

"With the support of Atos, we have been able to meet people's expectations to watch the Games via multiple channels, on multiple devices in real-time," said Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee.

"Its team of business technologists successfully designed, built and operated the IT system so that the competition results could be viewed and read by more people than ever before," added Rogge.

Instead of relying on e-mail, the IT team was able to, for the first time, use collaboration tools to monitor and share information about the main critical processes of the operations.

Atos provided the IT systems that processed and activated more than 250,000 accreditations for the Olympic family. The system integrator disseminated competition, schedule, weather, transport and other essential information to all 14,700 athletes - delivered via the Atos' own systems.

"One of the main challenges of London 2012 is the circulation of a vast amount of data generated from Games results systems to billions of people around the world - in a variety of mediums and in real time," said Jean-Benoît Gauthier, director of technology for the International Olympic Committee

In the UK, BBC revealed that on the busiest day of its London 2012 Olympics coverage, it delivered 2.8 petabytes worth of content, peaking when British cyclist Bradley Wiggins won gold, where it shifted 700Gbps.

"Atos has been critical in building and running the complex IT system to coordinate this monumental task and ensure a successful Games," said Gauthier.

Meanwhile, Atos has unveiled a new study called Ascent at London 2012: A Vision for Sport and Technology on how innovation can transform future Olympic Games events.

The paper mainly shares Atos' predictions on how much the use of technology will evolve by the 2020 Games. For instance, a home viewer might be able to watch the sporting action through the eyes of the athlete, and choose which slice of action he or she prefers.

Fans in the stadium are likely to use smartphones to order and pay for food and beverages as well as event merchandise, while data recorded from tiny sensors located in athletes' clothing would allow coaches access to real-time information and change tactics.

 

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