We attended a briefing by Acer as part of the company's ongoing communication campaign with the press and to mark the start of the 100-day countdown to the London Olympics 2012 and were given access to the Integration Test Lab (ITL) and the Technology Operations Centre (TOC), both based in Canary Wharf on the 20th floor of a high rise building as part of LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games).
The ITL is a 1000m2 LOCOG's facility where over 200,000 hours of testing will take place for all of London 2012's timing, scoring and results systems. As for the TOC, it is the LOCOG's central command centre from which IT partners will provide monitoring and support for all technology equipment and services deployed across all of LOCOG's venues.
We were also given a brief introduction to what Acer's commitment to the London Olympics by Michael Trainor, the guy in charge of project managing and coordinating the London Olympics project, within the Taiwanese company.
The company has deployed more than 13,000 computers, 900 servers (from the Altos and Gateway ranges), 100 tablets, hand held scanners as well as 2,000 laptops and even 15 inch touchscreen monitors specially designed for the Olympic games.