Vancouver Olympics' 'mission control' - An Inside Video of Olympics' IT setup

While Winter Olympics have brought many headaches for organizers, it been pretty quiet inside the low-rise building in east Vancouver where technology operations headquartered. "In here, our objective is to be bored," said Atos Origin's Magnus Alvarsson, overseeing Olympics' IT setup. And just outside the computer-filled room that’s the equivalent of NASA's mission control, things […]

While Winter Olympics have brought many headaches for organizers, it been pretty quiet inside the low-rise building in east Vancouver where technology operations headquartered. "In here, our objective is to be bored," said Atos Origin's Magnus Alvarsson, overseeing Olympics' IT setup. And just outside the computer-filled room that’s the equivalent of NASA's mission control, things have been just about as uneventful as he could hope for. Among the biggest problems have been minor things such as people forgetting their password or moving computers from one location to another at a venue. "It shows up on our monitoring that someone is unplugging something," Alvarsson said. His team also had to move some wiring at the luge site when the course was rerouted after the death of a Georgian athlete. "They moved the start point a little," he said. "We had to re do a little bit of cabling." "I'm very happy to say we have nothing to do with the hydraulics," he said. "We only deal with the information technology."