Spoiler: Athens 2004 Olympics 'manual AI' prototype failed mostly
from "Security and Surveillance in the Athens 2004 Olympics: Some Lessons From a Troubled Story"
"[..] the Greek government demanded a more sophisticated, integrated system where television images, vehicle tracking, and other functions were all accessible through a single software platform and viewable from a single set of screens. That meant SAIC had to write new software interfaces for these discrete systems to cooperate with each other. [..[ The problem, according to the wellinformed Athens News, was the central software platform of the C4I system, called the Event Incident Management tool, which was the C4I nervous system. This article reported
that the system is designed to carry pictures, sound, radio signals and access existing electronic databases such
as criminal records. It has to ferry this information between approximately 1,200 users spread
across 116 operational centers that report across to each other like neurons in a brain. (Athens
News, March 5, 2000, p. A07). At the heart of C4I is the Command Decision Support System (CDSS), which comprises
the most crucial software packages and data. CDSS enables users from the police, coast
guard, and fire brigade to file incident reports, keep track of where they have allocated
their manpower, pull up maps, and check whether hospitals are able to receive more
patients, among other things. Also, through a vehicle tracking system, users would know
the location of police cars, fire trucks, and VIP cars, and a network of more than 1,000
cameras would have fed video through the system. According to the contract, this system
would even provide “software applications to enhance decision-making” (Athens News,
March 5, 2000, p. A07). C4I consists of 30 subsystems. [..]"