London's Olympic Park begins to take shape

London's Olympic Park begins to take shape

Summary: Techies and construction crews are working around the clock to transform a muddy site in the borough of Newham into an Olympics venue fit for the 21st century

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  • Teams of techies and construction crews are working around the clock to transform this muddy construction site into an Olympics venue fit for the 21st century.

    The Olympic Park in the London borough of Newham will be the hub of 2012 Games, which will rely on 900 servers and 8,000 computers to relay results of the athletic battles to the watching world.

    Behind the multi-storey shopping centre, the Olympic Stadium is taking shape. It will seat 80,000 spectators during the Games and afterwards will be reduced to 25,000 seats, to ensure it remains easy to fill.

  • The Olympic Village will be based where the white cranes are in the background of this picture. Up to 16,000 athletes will live in village apartments, which after the event will be turned into community homes.

    New primary and secondary schools for more than 1,400 pupils will also be built on the site, and after the Games both the housing and schools should benefit from the high-speed fibre links into Olympic Park.

    BT recently revealed it is investing 640,000 man hours in building and testing the network infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics. Every second the network will carry 6GB of information — the equivalent of 6,000 novels every five seconds, according to BT.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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