G4S: London Olympics IT problems ‘unlikely to happen again’

G4S has said that the IT failings that led to soldiers having to fill in to provide security for the London 2012 Olympics is not likely to be repeated at next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The security firm is one of 19 companies named on a framework contract to provide safety stewards at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venues.

“This is a very different arrangement to London 2012 and the same issues are unlikely to arise,” a spokesperson for G4S said.

G4S said that there was a “vast difference in scale” between the two events, and said that by using existing venue staff, “the same scheduling issues would not arise”.

“Should we be successful as part of the stewarding framework, we will deploy trained and experienced staff already working for us at these venues,” G4S said.

“We did not bid to be included on the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee’s security framework.”

A failure in G4S’ internal computer systems to correctly calculate staff rostering was the primary reason the firm was not able to provide a sufficient number of security staff to support the London 2012 games.

G4S currently provides stewards at Scottish venues including Hampden Park, Ibrox Stadium, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and Hydro, Scotstoun and the Emirates Arena.

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