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IT gets set for 2012 Olympics

Atos Origin has revealed its roadmap for getting the technology in place to handle the races, spectators and communications for the 2012 Olympic Games in London
Written by Nick Heath, Contributor

The company overseeing the technology for the London 2012 Olympic Games has revealed how it is warming up in preparation for the starter's gun.

A technology roadmap for the Games, released on Friday, details how London Olympics IT supplier Atos Origin and its partners will prepare for 2012, building a network capable of streaming 6GB of sporting results every second to the watching world: the equivalent of the entire contents of Wikipedia every five seconds.

According to the roadmap, Atos Origin plans to have completed work on designing and testing the complex mesh of technology infrastructure and systems by the end of December.

"The technology roadmap for each Games is divided into four phases and we are now close to completing phase one — design of the technology infrastructure and systems that will relay the results to the world in a fraction of a second," Atos Origin's Michèle Hyron, chief integrator at London 2012, said in a statement.

According to Hyron, the infrastructure at the 2012 Games will allow Atos Origin to "provide more news from the Games than ever before".

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