The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event on the planet and in 2012, the world's best athletes will all descend on London for the third time. London will, in fact, become the only city in the world to have hosted the Games on three separate occasions, having previously done so in 1908 and 1948.
This time, however, technology will play a much more prominent role in delivering the action into the homes and onto the computer screens of billions of people around the globe.
Recognising the scale and cultural significance of the event, major technology companies from around the world have put their egos to one side to ensure that the Games run smoothly. That is according to Acer's Michael Trainor, the service project manager for the company's Olympics involvement, who said that despite the rivalries between some of the firms involved in the project, they are all co-operating in a bid to deliver a memorable Olympics experience for athletes and fans alike.
Worldwide Olympic partners for the event in 2012 include Atos, Panasonic, Omega, Samsung and Visa, while BT is a partner of London 2012, charged with delivering telecommunications services for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Despite the conflicting interests of some of the companies involved, Mr Trainor said that a healthy spirit is flowing through the London Organising Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)'s headquarters in Canary Wharf, east London.
"There's no room for politics," said Mr Trainor. "The success of the tech team is the only significant thing for everybody involved."
Acer, for its part, is providing significant amounts of kit, including thousands of computers, powerful servers, monitors and storage systems. Mr Trainor explained that the ambitious project is already well underway given that the Olympics is now less than 12 months away. Each sport, he confirmed, has been given a pod of computers that will be moved to the relevant venue when the time arrives.
BT, meanwhile, has been named as the official communications services partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The firm will deliver communication services to around four billion people around the globe and will also be utilised by media companies covering the event.
Furthermore, it has been revealed that 17,000 athletes and officials in three thousand apartments at the Olympic village will all have access to FFTB broadband thanks to the UK's largest telecommunications provider.
So, even though London has hosted the Games on two previous occasions, it is apparent that this edition will be distinctly different to those that have gone before.