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Photos: London 2012 Olympic tech - inside mission control

The hub putting Olympic tech through its paces and shoring up the games against online attacks...
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1 of 6 London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

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.

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2 of 6 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.

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3 of 6 London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

London Olympics Technology Operations Centre

To help spot and resolve any problems, technology suppliers to the games will have their own specialists based in the TOC, each with their own areas of expertise covering each part of the Olympics infrastructure.

Michelle Hyron, chief integrator for the Olympic Games with Atos Origin, said: "If there is a high-severity issue or an issue across multiple venues, the TOC will be able to take over to fix those problems quickly."

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4 of 6 London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

London Olympics Technology Operations Centre

To date, Hyron said the biggest challenge facing the TOC had been ensuring easy communication between tech teams at the 94 Olympic venues and staff in the TOC.

In the event of a catastrophic event knocking out the TOC, a back-up centre will take over its role, according to CIO for London 2012 Gerry Pennell.

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5 of 6 Nick Heath/silicon.com

London Olympics Technology Operations Centre

A screen in the operations centre shows the number of serious faults affecting Olympic systems at any time.

In the photo above, the TOC was being used to test how Olympic systems performed during a trial of the archery contest.

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6 of 6 Nick Heath/silicon.com

London Olympics Technology Operations Centre

The games organisers anticipate that Olympic systems will be put under record strain during the games, with Olympic systems processing some 30 per cent more results data than in the Beijing Olympics.

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