The IT behind the Greatest Show on Earth
- Speaker: Gerry Pennell (University of Manchester)
- Host: Robert Stevens
- 12th February 2014 at 14:00 in Kilburn L.T. 1.4
Gerry Pennel, previously CIO for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, explains the significant role that IT plays in a major sporting event and overviews some of the challenges in successfully delivering it. For example, London 2012 had 4.73bn page views on its web-site with 60% of the load coming from mobile devices that were using 15m downloads of the mobile apps. London 2012's 94 venues used 5500km of cabling/80000 access points and 19300 PCs. The London 2012 IT thus presented many technical challenges in testing, software integration, performance, security as well as the economic and socio-cultural aspects of such a large project.