How will the 2012 Olympics affect local communities in a digital and mobile world?
Wednesday 9th November 2011
How will the 2012 Olympics affect local communities in a digital and mobile world? Are you ready to keep working?
The 2012 Olympics is the first ever to be held in a digital, mobile and always connected world. Indeed, organisers are confidently expecting more than ten times the data traffic experienced in Beijing - which, of course, happened in an age before smartphone, iPhone, iPad and the subsequent explosion of mobile devices.
This has three key areas of interest when it comes to public sector technology:
- Firstly, how is this enormous feat of communication to be underpinned?
- Secondly, how will the public sector continue 'business as usual' during what will be the country's biggest physical and virtual event - one that absolutely everyone wants to see or be part of?
- And thirdly, what will be the technology legacy for our communities? Will mobile and flexible working be finally pushed into the limelight?
Answering these questions on this lively ITU Live panel are:
- Stuart Hill, BT vice president responsible for building the infrastructure and keeping communications flowing for the duration;
- Nicky Ward, head of travel advice at Transport for London and advocate of planning NOW for mobile and flexible working for the duration of the Games;
- And Geoff Connell, CIO of Newham, who gets to play with the communications infrastructure left behind next summer and explore its benefits and lessons for local government and other frontline services.