With a massive influx of tourists, threats to security, potential
terrorist attacks and road closures, the London Olympic Games
will have a huge effect on the UK. Frontier Technology, The City
of London Corporation and Citrix have recently hosted a seminar
in order to update businesses on the potential impacts of Games,
so they can plan ahead for every eventuality.
During the Olympic Games 2012 period from the opening of the
Athletes Village on 15th July to the closing of the Paralympics
on the 16th September 2012, the population of London will rise by
approximately 2 million people at any one time. The biggest
business issue will be staff transportation into and out of work.
It is unlikely that the Olympics Organisation will schedule
events outside of the rush hour, so there will be a huge strain
on the UK's transport networks. Delegates agreed that a flexible
workforce was the best way to combat this problem and the
associated revenue loss.
HR policies were another area that featured highly on the agenda,
all of the firms expressed their need to formulate a strategy
which would eliminate increased staff absences and sick days.
Joanna Massingham-Lamprell, Facilities Manager, Price Forbes and
Partners "We are anticipating considerable staff excitement
around the Games. There are many aspects for businesses to
consider, - how to continue as best as possible with business as
usual, together with HR policies and feasibility of existing
The large mobile phone and internet providers will be increasing
their services throughout the UK during the Games. However firms
are still anticipating a loss of mobile phone reception,
broadband and potential power outages. Any of these events would
be catastrophic to business and may result in lost data.
Gareth Jones, Frontier Technology commented, "Business Continuity
is essential at any time but especially during a major event such
as the Olympic Games. If there is a business disaster, having
retrievable data and near-instant access to your applications and
information can ensure that your firm does not experience a
significant loss in revenue. Frontier Technology provide hosted
business continuity; our data centres are located in Milton
Keynes and Maidenhead. London is one of the areas most likely to
be targeted by terrorism so we deliberately placed our centres
outside of the capital to provide extra safety."
Paul Eskriett, Principal Security and Contingency Planning
Advisor from The City of London Corporation strongly advised
firms to plan ahead. "There are 9 million tickets for the Olympic
Games, massive movements of people, training camps UK wide, road
closures and a huge number of commercial events occurring; it
will not be business as usual"
London already has a good infrastructure to deal with terrorism
and other threats and it is monitored on a daily basis. The city
councils are currently identifying and filling any gaps before
the Games to begin, however with the event being just under two
years away, there are significant areas that have yet to be
finalised and therefore gaps in information.
Eskriett "The Olympic Games will be huge and will affect what all
of us do between now and 2012. In order to prepare firms must
review security and contingency planning and carefully look at
their existing plans in the context of the Games time."
A few participants had experienced an Olympics Games before; they
advised others to bulk up on office equipment and essential to
thoroughly asses all third-party suppliers. From past experience
they found it valuable to get staff involved with the
celebrations. Many organisations will be buying more televisions
for the office- it was agreed that this will help to manage staff
In order to address staff transportation issues, Alex Hill,
Partner Readiness, recommended XenDesktop. The technology
provides a secure way to access desktops and applications from
any location or device.
Alex commented: "In conjunction with Citrix Access Gateway, you
can set policies that control whether data ever leaves the
datacenter. It can dramatically improve endpoint security by
eliminating the need for data to reside on user devices."
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For more information about the Olympic Games 2012, contingency
planning and remote working, please contact Natalie Buckley on
0845 603 6552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 0845 603 6552
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