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News Release

UK Businesses must contingency plan for the Olympics 2012
Released: 16th September 2010
Publisher: Frontier Technology

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 continuity arrangements"

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 absence.

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."

To read the summary in full please visit http://www.frontiertechnology.co.uk/about-us/latest-news/uk-businesses-must-plan-for-the-olympics-2012/

For more information about the Olympic Games 2012, contingency planning and remote working, please contact Natalie Buckley on 0845 603 6552 or email natalie.buckley@frontiertechnology.co.uk

Further Information

Frontier Technology
Natalie Buckley
Marketing Executive
Tel: 0845 603 6552
Email: natalie.buckley@frontiertechnology.co.uk

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