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Photos : The London Olympics 2012 Integration Test Lab & Technology Operations Centre

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.