With all eyes from across the world to be focused on London tonight, the technology from around the Olympic Park will be under great pressure! However, the infrastructure put in place by some of the UK’s largest tech companies will be sure to cope with the demands (fingers crossed!)
The athletes staying in the Olympic Village have been given access to a broadband network powered by BT with download speeds of up to 100Mbit per second! That will certainly cope with the amount of tweets and Facebook updates coming from the Village! This week it has been athletes uploading photographs of their rooms to Twitter, with most of the rooms already in a mess, how they will last the next three weeks will be a mystery!
O2 are also supplying a free wi-fi network across the majority of London for the duration of the games, allowing all the visitors and spectators access to a network to again be able to post images and status updates to the social network sites. This will also help illuminate the London Eye each evening of the games, which is being powered by Twitter.
The news and media around the park have been given access to a fibre network installed and managed by Cisco, which is expected to cater for speeds of up to 60GB per second. This will give all the results of each event to the media and the network will handle the huge number of images that each photographer on site will be snapping away.
Acer, the third largest PC manufacturer, have supplied 12,000 PC’s and 1,000 notebooks to the LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), which will all run off 900 servers that they have also supplied. Each PC will have to cope with massive amounts of data from across the whole of the Olympic Park, and the further venues set up in Cardiff, Manchester etc.