Generating value for clients through our sustainable solutions

Interview with Patrick Adiba

Patrick Adiba,

Chief commercial officer, Major Events, Atos


The trend we see is that customers are asking for sustainable solutions.


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Key Figures

Total contract value of "Sustainability offerings"

Percentage of coverage of ISO 27001 certifications

Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data

Journey 2018

Journey 2018

Our innovation strategy is shaped largely by the contributions from our Scientific Community. The mission of the Scientific Community is to help develop Atos’ vision of upcoming technology disruptions and the new challenges faced by the industry. By sharing this vision with our clients, Atos helps them make critical choices regarding the future.

The main objectives of the Scientific Community are to anticipate future challenges of Atos’ clients and to design solutions that benefit them and also society at large. Its latest publications deal with the issue of the digital revolution, and explain why and how ICT is a response to the challenges of sustainable development.

In early 2015, the Scientific Community published its landmark report Ascent Journey 2018 - The 3rd Digital Revolution: Agility and Fragility.

More information on Ascent Journey 2018

7 Business Cases creating models in the new digital era

Business Case 1: Decarbonized vehicles & 21st century mobility systems

Business Case 1: Decarbonized vehicles & 21st century mobility systems

In France, Atos Consulting is working in collaboration with a Research & Development Institute (VEDECOM) that was launched in 2014 to work on decarbonized vehicles and new mobility systems. Atos is a founding member and donor of the institute. The VEDECOM Institute is focused on ways in which to reduce carbon emissions, cut accident rates, improve the comfort of drivers and passengers and enable the development of new multimodal solutions. With partners including car manufacturers such as Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen, and suppliers such as Valeo and Continental, Atos is leading the work stream that is researching the digitalization of the car. Atos believes that Information Communications Technology will play a fundamental role in the emergence of Smart Mobility which will transform our transport systems and breathe new life into our cities.

Business Case 2: Speeding up gene sequencing

Business Case 2: Speeding up gene sequencing

By combining High Performance Computing (HPC) with gene sequencing, Atos through its Bull technologies is helping to speed up the development of the medical innovations that will help people around the world improve their health and their quality of life.

The use of HPC will enable genomics to move forward at a pace that will lead to personalized medicine, with the potential to transform everyday wellbeing. All the genetic material in an individual's genome is often compared to an encyclopedia, with chromosomes representing the different volumes and genes being the sentences within these volumes. Consequently, genome research, such as the research carried out in Barcelona at the CNAG, manages massive amounts of data, which requires huge computer processing and storage capacity. In response to this challenge, IT companies and medical research institutions are now pioneering biomedical supercomputing. By eliminating the bottlenecks that offer occur in data analysis and storing that data more efficiently, it is possible to carry out sequencing on a mammoth scale in much shorter periods of time than were required for the job previously.

Business Case 3: Bringing the spirit of the Olympic Games to billions

Business Case 3: Bringing the spirit of the Olympic Games to billions

Atos is using the latest technology to transform the user experience of one of the biggest sporting events– the Olympic Games. Atos is the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games.

Sports fans everywhere have an insatiable thirst for information. As an illustration: Real-time results are processed and transmitted to 8 billion multiple devices worldwide. With the use of new media and digital technologies, the Olympic Games are superbly positioned to go a step further, reaching a global audience and provide fans with even more engaging and comprehensive content, wherever they are, whatever device they use.

Rio in the Cloud
Building on our experience from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Atos will deliver the core planning systems of the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games over the Cloud, thereby significantly reducing the energy use and carbon footprint created from the huge computing infrastructure and volumes of data generated. The systems for accreditation, sport entries & qualification and workforce management as well as the volunteer portal will be provided through a highly secure, resilient and reliable IT infrastructure in the form of a private cloud.

Some sustainable figures at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Business Case 4: The Connected Home for greater comfort and security

Business Case 4: The Connected Home for greater comfort and security

The year of 2014 saw rapid growth in the home automation and connected object market. Driven by the potential to increase comfort and security, many applications in this area are about to become mainstream. In June, Worldline, the Atos subsidiary in e-payment and transactional services, received the Connected Objects award for its Connected Home solution in partnership with Somfy, while its Connected Kitchen offering was also nominated for the Special Prize.

Connected Home, in partnership with SOMFY, is a R&D demonstration dedicated to service robotics. The robot provides a new user experience through more interactive ergonomics—sound, voice, gestures, light sensors—and is more intuitive for interacting with its household members in their daily lives.

More information on Worldline

An early warning system to save lives

Business Case 5: An early warning system to save lives

Over the course of human history, natural disasters have wreaked lasting damage on human societies in all parts of the world. Ten years ago, coastal areas across Asia were devastated by one of the strongest tsunamis ever recorded.

However, we now have the technology that can help protect and preserve our people, homes and environments from these threats. Atos has played a leading part in an EU-funded international research project that developed the Distant Early Warning System (DEWS).
Tsunamis travel very quickly and occur relatively near to land. It may be only a matter of 15-20 minutes after the earthquake that the wave hits the shore. Early detection can greatly reduce loss of life; DEWS gives local authorities enough time to react and take urgent measures to alert people to the danger.

Business Case 6: Supercomputing powered by sun and wind

Business Case 6: Supercomputing powered by sun and wind

On the volcanic island of Tenerife, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, Atos is currently operating one of Europe’s large supercomputers – all powered by renewable energy.
Atos operates the supercomputer Teide-HPC (High Performance Computing) ordered by Spain’s Institute for Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER). The Teide-HPC is located at the D-ALiX datacenter in Tenerife, the neutral access point for western Africa and the Canary Islands. It is the second most powerful HPC system installed in Spain.

Renewables mix
One of the most unusual characteristics of the datacenter in Tenerife is its environmentally friendly power supply. Its energy needs are provided by a mix of electricity generated from solar panels on the roof and from wind turbines. The data center is one of the most energy efficient in Europe, minimizing carbon emissions and unnecessary energy costs, and it has been shortlisted for The European Award for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers.
ITER’s wind farms are all located several kilometers away from the nearest population center, in full compliance with the minimum distance needed between wind farms and residents. This ensures that there is no negative impact from the noise of the facilities. Any energy generated that is not consumed by the site itself is sold to the local electric company, which then distributes it throughout the island of Tenerife.

Watch a video on this datacenter

Business Case 7: The longest railway tunnel to reduce road pollution in the Alps

Business Case 7: The longest railway tunnel to reduce road pollution in the Alps

Atos and Siemens have been working together as a supplier for AlpTransit Gotthard since 2009, helping ATG construct what will be the longest railway tunnel in the world, the Gotthard Base Tunnel. In 2016, ATG will complete and hand over the tunnel to Swiss Federal Railways, creating the fastest and most efficient railway link through the Swiss Alps.

The future railway tunnel will cater for both passenger and freight transport, and will reduce journey times considerably, using substantially less energy too. A key objective of the tunnel is to reduce road traffic at the Swiss interchange between Northern European countries and those in the south, by transferring freight transport to rail.

As part of the Atos-Siemens Global Alliance, the two partners jointly developed, implemented and delivered four datacenters which enable more than 50,000 sensors to be controlled and monitored along the entire tunnel length of almost 60 kilometers.

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