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Learning ICT lessons from the greatest show on earth

04 February 2013


The opportunity that the London Olympic and Paralympic Games provided to show the world the strength of the UK Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector is celebrated in a new publication.

The new special interest publication: Delivering London 2012: ICT implementation and operations is published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).  It sets out the very best of British ICT project management, innovation and technology and, through the use of case studies, shows how and why UK companies were so successful, and what can be learnt from the experience in delivering London 2012.

The publication explores the lessons learned from the Games and examines how these can be taken forward to future major initiatives, and to address major UK socio-economic challenges, whilst creating a platform that can be exploited globally to create UK wealth.

Prof Andy Hooper, IET President, said: “The IET is privileged to once again be involved in show casing the amazing breadth and depth of engineering and innovation that went into delivering the greatest show on earth. Without skilled and experienced engineers this grand project would not have been possible and this publication is a lasting record of its achievements.”

Phillip Hargrave, ICT KTN Chief Executive, said: “The ICT KTN is delighted to have been associated with the formulation of this special interest publication, detailing the great work and collaboration that made these the most digitally connected games ever. Delivering London 2012 really has shown the world what a great job the UK can do and we must take these lessons and knowledge acquired to build on for the future.”

Delivering the 2012 Games has become one of the largest single ICT success stories of the 21st century. They were dubbed the first ever “social media Games” and www.London2012.com became one of the most visited sports websites in the world, with 431 million visits, 109 million unique users, 15 million app downloads and 4.73 billion page views.  An estimated 4 billion spectators viewed the Games worldwide.

The Games saw some of the first ever converged communications network for a summer Olympics, carrying voice, data, mobile, broadcast and wireless internet traffic on one seamless, all-purpose network.

Media enquiries to:

Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7595 400912
Email: rbeahan@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

The new publication is a sequel to the first IET publication, Delivering London 2012: ICT Enabling the Games, published in November 2011, prior to the Games and available online at www.theiet.org/ict2012

Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespersons.

The IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries.

For more information, visit www.theiet.org

Launch event

The IET special interest publication: Delivering London 2012: ICT implementation and operations will be launched at an event in central London on 11 February.

If you wish to attend by email the Press Office: Email: communications@theiet.org

The event will be chaired by Dr Mike Short CBE, the 2011 - 2012 IET President, and speakers include: Gerry Pennell (CIO LOCOG), Freya Guinness (Delivery Director, Ofcom), Tim Boden (BT 2012 Technical Director) and David Finch (ATOS, formerly Senior Manager, Architecture and Security, LOCOG).