Photo story: Beijing Olympics IT team applies final touches

The IT team at the Beijing Olympics are finishing last minute preparations

The IT team at the Beijing Olympics are finishing last minute preparations with just a week to go until the opening ceremony. The Technology Operations Centre - the IT hub of the Games - is already staffed 24 hours a day, with 4,000 IT experts and volunteers helping to make sure the systems are running smoothly. IT services supplier Atos Origin leads a consortium of nine suppliers including Lenovo, Samsung, Omega, China Network and Panasonic.

Olympic IT hub

Systems have undergone more than 200,000 hours of testing in the months and years running up to the Games. There are 10,000 computers, 1,000 servers and 4,000 printers at the Beijing Olympics at more than 70 competition and non-competition venues.

Testing means the IT security team understands what normal activity looks like on each application, and can watch for anything abnormal. Security measures such as intrusion detection systems, anti-virus software and separation between the Games network and the internet support them.

Olympic IT screens

The Commentator Information System is a java-based application that displays results on touch-screen PCs. IT staff collect results data using a mixture of electronic sensors and manual data entry. Results are then sent to the internet via a data feed.

The Commentator Information System

Info2008 is at the heart of the information diffusion system, an intranet available to media, athletes and officials. More than 200,000 people will have access to the system. This year, it is available for the first time over a wireless network. Around 16 million pages were viewed in 2004 in Athens - the IT team expect more than one million per day in Beijing.

Olympic info

The main stadium in Beijing - nicknamed the bird's nest - is one of 39 competition venues.

Main Olympic stadium in Beijing

For more on the Olympics read: IT team prepares for Olympic effort>>

This was last published in August 2008

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