Trevor Wheatley-Perry, Managing Director of Vocal explained, “iModus will be central to the delivery of critical messaging for the London Olympics and Vocal has invested great time and effort to ensure that the delivery of emergency notifications, is not impacted by the Games. We have undergone our due diligence. iModus will perform as expected and deliver the communications contingency that organisations will need throughout the Olympic Games.”
In light of the significant impact that the London 2012 Olympics with have on UK business, the Vocal Preparedness Statement sets out to explain:
• Information about Vocal Business Continuity Management
• An explanation of iModus Testing and preparations
• Work undertaken to prepare Vocal staff
• A description of customer support services that will be provided to iModus customers
“Vocal’s Preparedness Statement for the London 2012 Olympic drives home the importance of having effective BCM arrangements in place, particularly set against the background of such large scale events like the Olympic Games that will cause disruptions. Issuing a Preparedness Statement instils confidence in your customers and other key stakeholders and provides evidence of your organisational capability to continue to deliver key business functions in the face of both minor and major disruptions. Vocal’s Statement highlights the applicability of BCM to all parts of the business, including supply chain, IT, customer support and travel disruption and constitutes an excellent example of best practice in business continuity.”
Vocal is BS25999 accredited and Business Continuity plans are regularly reviewed by a third party to ensure validity and conformity to the standards. The Vocal Business Continuity Plan ensures that the organisation is prepared to deal with the impact of any event, including the Olympics and Paralympics.
UK organisations are being encouraged prepare for travel disruption and the communications problems that will result from the Games, potentially leading to significant losses, if not managed properly. During the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics, BT estimated that one in three companies struggles with their communications network capacity, because of the Games. This led to complications and costs for business. The UK suffered economic losses estimated at about £1.2bn per day in the severe weather period leading up to Christmas of 2010 which was caused by a breakdown in the transport system, failure of supply chains and extreme pressure placed upon bandwidth capacity as workers attempted to carry on from home, the same scenario that faces London businesses during the Olympics.
Anyone wishing to view the Vocal Preparedness Statement for the London 2012 Olympic Games can do so by visiting the Vocal website. http://www.vocal.co.uk/