Last furlong to the Games: Keeping athletes & officials connected

Today, just a few days before the London Games open, thousands of athletes and officials have streamed through the Heathrow airport gates.

With tensions high, there is at least one respite the stress: the Acer Internet Lounges at Stratford, Weymouth and Egham athletes' villages. In their precious downtime, athletes and their officials have access to fully-equipped computing stations offering broadband Internet access, printer capabilities and social networking applications.

And all this available 24/7 during both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Acer Internet Lounges offer a welcoming and comfortable environment where athletes can unwind and catch up with friends and family. Acer's on-site staff and service technicians provide customer support and are on hand to solve technical issues.

The main lounge will be located at the Stratford Athletes' Village and offer free access with 130 computers: 65 fixed stations powered by the Acer Z3801 all-in-one desktop and several portable devices: Acer S3 ultrabooks and Acer ICONIA A510 tablets. Acer extended its service to the Egham and Weymouth sites, offering facilities with 10 fully equipped computing stations.

It's not just the sporting stars who Acer are watching out for. The tech giant also offers a similar service for media organisations. Within the Main Press Center (MPC), located in the Olympic park, a lounge is equipped with 50 workstations. The Internet Lounge opened on 27 June and will offer 24/7 operation during the Games. The Main Press Center will be bubbling with journalists and members of the media telling the world about the extraordinary achievements of the athletes.