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Olympic staff communicate via video conferencing

Members of the organising committee for the London Olympics have been using video conferencing services to ensure that the Games are ready on time.

London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) staff will have access to 6,000 video conferencing licences by the time the games start and will be using them to communicate with colleagues around the UK.

According to onrec.com, there will be an in-house technology team at all of the 94 Olympic locations and many will need to be contacted on a regular basis.

LOCOG CIO Gary Pennell has called the technology an “invaluable asset” for his staff which would be needed to ensure they could work flexibly and efficiently.

Transport minister Norman Baker encouraged other businesses in the capital to follow LOCOG’s lead by communicating via video conferencing during the Games next year.

Speaking to computerweekly.com, he said: “With the vast input of people coming into London next year with they Olympics, it simply isn’t possible to have everyone who works in London to travel the way we do.

“There aren’t enough spaces on the trains, buses and tubes – so it has to be something different.”

It is estimated that more than 5,000 technology jobs will be created thanks to the Games, generating more than £250 million for the IT sector.