May 23 2012   11:15AM GMT

Never mind the IT, the Jubilee line is my Olympic worry

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Downtime went to visit IT supplier Atos at the Technical Operations Centre (TOC) for the London Olympics.

There will be 900 servers, 1,000 network and security devices and more than 10,000 computers deployed to support London 2012. There will have been over 200,000 hours of testing of systems before the first athlete begins their pursuit of gold. You get the picture? Pretty pressurised, but I have to say meticulously planned.

Downtime had to use London Underground’s Jubilee line to get there. The same line that thousands and thousands of spectators will be using to get to Olympic venues in Stratford. If my journey that morning was anything to go by there could be real problems.

It took seven trains to pass me before I could find room to squeeze onto one. And this is on the average day with workers flocking to Canary Wharf. Now picture the small matter of the Olympic Games thrown into the mix. I feel a PR survey coming on. You know the ones funded by a mobile IT supplier and used by a journalist to make it look like they actually do something on a slow news day.

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