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Behind the scenes to see IT preparations for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics...
The city of Turin close to the Alps in the north of Italy is gearing up to host the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, starting on 10 February. The immovable deadline and the high technical resilience and security needed means this is not a typical IT project. It takes double the amount of testing - 100,000 man hours - and costs 20 per cent more than a similar scale business project would. The final technical rehearsal is due to take place later this month.
Photo: Andy McCue
Biometric fingerprint-controlled door locks will guard entry to the Olympics IT control room run by the International Olympic Committee's technology partner Atos Origin. From here they will monitor the technology infrastructure and all the systems controlling accreditation, security and competition data and results for commentators and the media. A team of 250 Atos Origin staff will run the operation supported by some 800 IT volunteers.Photo: Andy McCue
The nature of the Winter Olympics means the sports in Turin will be widely dispersed across 14 competition venues, some of which are more than 100km away from the city centre up in the mountains. Downtime during competition time is not an option and the Palavela ice-skating arena in this photo - which appeared in the original Italian Job movie - has back-up links to two remote data centres in case of an outage.Photo: Andy McCue