I had a hard time believing this when I read it, but it appears that security for the 2012 Olympics can only go to a sponsor. From the ITPRO blog:
Giving an otherwise rather dull and predictable keynote speech at Infosecurity Europe about the IT security demands of running the London Olympics, Derek Wyatt MP has let it slip that UK Government hands are tied when it comes to security technology...Wyatt sound quite upbeat about the possibility of using the London â€˜Oysterâ€™ card, used for public transport travel, which could be upgraded fairly easily to incorporate biometric data and turned into a mini-ID card. He also sounded quite impressed with the idea of using the Nokia based authentication system for mobile phones. Upbeat and impressed, and then he dropped the bombshell, which I hope will not be a bad choice of words for the future, when he casually revealed that because neither of these companies was a â€˜major sponsorâ€™ of the Olympics their technology could not be used.
Yes, you read that right, as far as the technology behind the security of the London Olympic Games is concerned best of breed and suitability for purpose do not come into, paying a large amount of money to the International Olympic Committee does.
Someone please tell me that this is not a common occurence! (Via Slashdot.)