Photos: The tech behind the Olympic Games

Photos: The tech behind the Olympic Games

Summary: Behind the scenes to see IT preparations for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics...

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  • 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

  • Claude Philipps, programme director at Atos Orgin for the Turin games, demonstrates the touch screen Commentator Information System, which provides real-time event data, results and background information to broadcasters covering the games.

    Photo: Andy McCue

  • For the Turin games there are 450 Intel-based servers and Unix boxes, 4,700 PCs, 700 printers, 1,000 commentator terminals and 800 intranet terminals - although a switch to open source is planned for the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics. Security is, understandably, a top priority and a range of antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection and other software tools ensure almost total lockdown of the IT equipment.

    Photo: Andy McCue

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