We’re just hours from the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games, marked by the arrival of the Olympic torch in London. The torch is ready for a place to call home, as it’s been on an intense journey through more than 1,000 cities and towns in the U.K over the past 70 days.
There’s a lot riding on this time-honored tradition (dating back to 1936) that includes more than 8,000 torchbearers, who were selected through a nomination process, and millions of spectators along the route. With security a top priority for all involved, the host city police force – The Metropolitan Police (The Met) – takes their job very seriously, preparing for the past 18 months as intensely as the athletes scheduled to compete.
An Accellion customer, The Met spearheads safety procedures for both the Olympic Flame and the torchbearers, synchronizing activities with National Olympic Coordination Centre and maintaining teams on the ground that shadow the torch as it passes through 95 percent of the country.
While the torch ends its travels tonight, with the final torchbearer lighting the Olympic cauldron, The Met’s job is far from over. The police force will also guard the security of the Paralympic Torch Relay in August, with four flames coming together from London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
We’re proud to call The Met an Accellion customer and of all they did to bring the torch safely to Olympic Stadium. Let the games begin…