London 2012 Technology Equipment Deployment Centre opens

Date: Fri, 04/15/2011 - 18:20

From here thousands of PCs, servers and network devices will be configured and distributed to more than 90 venues
London 2012 Technology Equipment Deployment Centre opens Aerial view. Taken by Anthony Charlton.
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London 2012 and Atos Origin, the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, announced the latest technology milestone in the run up to the London 2012 Games - the opening of the Equipment Deployment Centre (EDC). It is from here thousands of pieces of technology equipment will be configured and then deployed to the London 2012 venues for the Test Events, the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games.
With the first test events less than three months away, the Equipment Deployment Centre is now fully operational. Technology equipment is being configured for the first competition venues including Greenwich Park, which will be used for the equestrian events from 4th to 6th July this year, as well as for the Technology Operations Centre which opens later this summer and which will be the technology mission control for the Games.
From the Equipment Deployment Centre, Atos Origin will work under the direction of London 2012 Technology department with Acer, the Worldwide Computing Equipment Partner to London 2012 and BT, the Official Communications Services Partner to London 2012, to manage the requests from the venues to configure and deploy the IT equipment including PCs, servers and network devices.
Gerry Pennell, CIO, London 2012, said “every single device, and there are thousands, must be properly configured, tested and prepared for deployment to the venues. The Equipment Deployment Centre is critical in these preparations and our joint team from London 2012, Atos Origin, Acer and BT will play an important role in ensuring everything is in the right place at the right time for the test events and the Games.”
Michèle Hyron, chief integrator at Atos Origin for the London 2012 Game, said: “we are delighted to be opening the Equipment Deployment Centre on schedule. In the next 15 months it will play a key role in the technology preparations for the Games in ensuring that we have the right equipment, with the right set up at the right venues.”
By the start of the Olympic Games time, over 10,000 pieces of equipment will have gone through the Equipment Deployment Centre and been deployed to the 95 competition and non-competition venues. Atos Origin has implemented automated processes and best practice methodologies to ensure a fast and efficient turnaround of all the equipment.
For the London 2012 Games, Atos Origin, as lead integrator, is working with its fellow technology partners under the direction of the London 2012 Technology Department to ensure successful delivery of the technology systems and infrastructure that make the Games happen.

The London 2012 Technology Team Partners are:
• Atos Origin - Worldwide Information Technology Partner
• Acer – Worldwide Computing Equipment Partner
• BT - Official Communications Services Partner
• Cisco – Official Network Infrastructure Supporter
• Omega – Official Timekeeper
• Panasonic – Official AV Equipment Partner
• Samsung – Official Wireless Communications Partner 

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