The sporting events of summer 2012 represented the single largest challenge in recent history for the UK's police and security agencies. Years before the events were broadcast around the world, the UK government began preparations to cope with the huge influx of people to the UK. As well as four million visitors at over 30 venues, there would be over half a million competitors, volunteers, service and security staff staying in the country.
PA supported the UK government to complete a series of critical IT projects to counter a range of security threats. Developing new software and hardware capabilities, we introduced additional technical and people processes to ensure the government organisations were able to cope with the increase in demand. Crucially, we helped this essential IT capability evolve to keep pace with growing sophistication of the systems used by those who might have sought to do harm.
As predicted before the start, the events proved to be 'successful and memorable'. The changes and improvements that PA helped design and implement will provide UK security benefits long into the future.