Information Age on how the London Olympics technology itself deserved a Gold Medal
“At peak times, the network was carrying 60 gigabits of information a second between 80,000 connections across 94 locations, which was four times the network capacity of the Beijing Games.
And despite the mobility of the Games being well expected, nobody could have predicted that, at peak, 60% of the load would come from devices accessing either the London 2012 mobile website or one of the mobile apps.
“And also to BT, which, with Cisco, created the largest public Wi-Fi installation in the world across the Olympic Park.
‘Those two infrastructure pieces were really the things that were critical to actually delivering that mobile experience for people who were in and around the venues.’”
“Therefore, ‘the real legacy is on two legs’, he says, referring to the people who have gone on to benefit other organisations with the skills they gathered from their Olympics experience. Particularly, Pennell’s team had around 40 interns – students doing a sandwich year out of university – who worked with the IT department. “