Atos highlights key games role as countdown is on to Glasgow 2014
Glasgow, 25 October 2013
International IT services company, Atos, is on target of its schedule in the preparations of vital management and information technology systems for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Senior executives told a gathering of key Games stakeholders and customers attending an event at Glasgow’s Hampden Park – the main track and field athletics venue during the Games – earlier today (Friday, 25 October) that the company’s experience of more than two decades of support to Olympic and Paralympic Games around the world would help power new levels of performance for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
As an Official Supporter of Glasgow 2014, Atos has been working with the Organising Committee to deliver a range of essential Games Management and Information Systems, including the volunteer portal, the games workforce management system, the accreditation management system and the Internet Results Service.
Atos Senior Vice President – Scotland, Gavin Thomson, said the company was placing significant emphasis on ensuring the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the best and most successful Commonwealth Games ever.
Mr Thomson explained: “Our business technologists are already powering performance at the heart of the Games, working closely with the Organising Committee to deliver the best possible results for Glasgow 2014. Atos is one of the few proven delivery experts in this field thanks to our substantial expertise as Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he added.
“We have already delivered great results with the online volunteer portal which managed the applications for the Games volunteer roles earlier this year and processed the 50,811 applications from people who used the portal to register their interest in participating in the Games. Work is currently under way on our accreditation management system which will accredit up to 70,000 Games participants including athletes, officials, workforce, volunteers, media and sponsors.
“We are proud of the work our team delivers not only for Glasgow 2014, but also for our clients on a day-to-day basis in a wide range of private and public business sectors across Scotland. We are passionate about delivering our world-class solution from Scotland on the world stage,” added Mr Thomson.
Atos has also announced its further support for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games through the appointment of two of Scotland’s leading Triathletes as Atos Ambassadors.
Team Scotland prospective athletes, David McNamee (25) and Marc Austin (19), will work with the Atos team in the run up to and after Glasgow 2014, to amplify the company’s partnership with the Games and highlight the importance and relevance of information technology in athletic and business performance.
David won a silver medal at the 2011 World U23 Triathlon Championship and so far in 2013 he has recorded two top ten finishes in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series. Marc has represented Great Britain at the last three European and World Junior Triathlon Championships, winning a silver medal in the 2013 Junior World Championships in London earlier this year.
Jon Doig, Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games Scotland and Team Scotland Chef de Mission said: “As one of the Commonwealth Games Associations participating in the Games, we cannot stress enough just how vital the services that Atos provide are to enable teams to function effectively. A quality accreditation system greatly assists the complex team entry process, whilst accurate, timely information and results help athletes plan their schedules in the final lead-in to competition and allows team management to track progress and promote their success as it happens.
“We are particularly delighted that Atos is extending its support to Team Scotland through an athlete ambassador initiative. Triathlon is one of the most complex and technical sports on the Glasgow 2014 programme and there is great synergy with the expertise Atos brings to the Games. David and Marc are two of our top triathletes and are excellent ambassadors for both Team Scotland and Atos.”
The announcement was made as key Atos business guests gathered at Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park, to take part in a Games-focused question and answer session with guests including three times Commonwealth Games medallist and now the BBC’s chief athletics commentator Steve Cram.
“Everyone at Atos shares the ambitions to create a lasting legacy for Glasgow and Scotland from the Games, making faster progress towards a healthier nation, developing healthy communities and a strong and flourishing economy, so by having athletes like David and Marc ‘on board’, we intend to get those messages across to as wide an audience as possible.” added Mr Thomson.
“Information technology plays an increasingly vital role for everyone involved in sport and at a time when the eyes of the world will be fixed on Glasgow and Scotland, we are already prepared to deliver a performance we will all be proud of.”
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said: “We are very proud to have global IT experts Atos as part of Glasgow 2014’s Sponsor Family.
“For Glasgow 2014, Atos’ Business Technologists, based in Scotland, will work with their major events team in Barcelona providing an end-to-end service including the Games Management System, the Games Information System and the Internet Results Service. These systems are critical to the delivery of our Games and require significant specialist expertise, for which Atos is world-renowned.”
Atos has invested heavily and continues to invest in jobs and development in Scotland, employing 1500 people in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Forres, Glasgow, Inverness, Linwood and Livingston.
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Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual 2012 revenue of EUR 8.8 billion and 77,000 employees in 47 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers IT services in 3 domains, Consulting & Technology Services, Systems Integration and Managed Services & BPO, and transactional services through Worldline. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Public sector, Healthcare & Transports; Financial Services; Telco, Media & Utilities. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organisations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the NYSE Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Worldline and Atos Worldgrid. For more information, visit: atos.net.
As an Official Supporter of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Atos will be providing essential Games Management Systems and Games Information Systems for next year’s event.
In the context of the Games, the Atos Games Management Systems and Games Information Systems will include the:
- Accreditation management, including electronic/online accreditation form system, accreditation management system, venue access control system and guest passes system;
- Games workforce management and information;
- Volunteer portal service;
- Volunteer scheduling system;
- Uniform distribution management system;
- Central results service;
- GamesINFO Service;
- Results data feed.
About David McNamee and Marc Austin
David McNamee (25) completed his Accountancy degree at the University of Stirling and is now based in Leeds where he trains alongside Olympic gold medallist, Alistair Brownlee.
Marc Austin (19) took up triathlon in 2005 and currently trains at the University of Stirling where he is undertaking a mathematics degree.
About Glasgow 2014
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 70 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 250 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets, with the event aided by an army of 15,000 local volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.