Photos: London 2012 Olympic tech - inside mission control

Photos: London 2012 Olympic tech - inside mission control

Summary: The hub putting Olympic tech through its paces and shoring up the games against online attacks...

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  • London Olympics Technology Operations Centre

    The hub putting Olympic tech through its paces and shoring up the games against online attacks...

    This is mission control for the technology that will run the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    The centre will oversee the computer systems that record the games results and relay them worldwide. In the event that anything goes wrong with the Olympics technology infrastructure, this is the control room that will sort any problems.

    Before the start of the Olympics next year, the games organisers will test how the centre will cope with every conceivable technological disaster - from online attacks on the Olympics system to key equipment being unplugged.

    The London-based Technology Operations Centre (TOC), which was officially unveiled today, will be staffed by 450 people during the games who will look after the centre's 9,500 computers, 900 servers and 1,000 network and security devices around the clock.

    Photo: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • London Olympics Technology Operations Centre

    The TOC has already tested systems during the 18 trial Olympics events that have been held so far.

    Software inside the TOC monitors each of the key Olympics systems - from the Commentator Information System that will relay information to broadcasters worldwide to the On Venue Results System that records results - to check they work as anticipated.

    Similarly, monitoring software analyses network traffic, database access and other parts of the tech infrastructure for any anomalies, as well as searching for any activity that suggests there has been a security breach of the system.

    Photo: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

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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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