Atos playing key role at Smart to Future Cities Conference
Kulveer Ranger, formally the Mayor of London’s Digital Advisor and now Vice President, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Atos UK&I, addressed the conference on Wednesday (April 27) to discuss the role Atos is playing in the strategy for a Digital London and how they are using both Atos’ experience and Mr Ranger’s rich knowledge of the industry due to his previous work with the Mayor of London, to help London to deliver how it should evolve as a digital city. It was important for Atos to share their insights and their well-received paper: Digital Vision for London which encapsulates how digital technology can power cities and its people and services.
The session also highlighted the digital support Atos provided during the Olympics, as the company worked intrinsically to support London 2012. It also showcased Atos’ leadership in delivering the smart cities initiatives across the world through the ‘My City’ programme.
Focusing on Atos’ status as the Worldwide IT Partner of the Olympic Games, the session looked at what made London 2012 the most digitally enabled Olympic Games in history and the legacy left behind.
Mr Ranger also highlighted Atos’ role in supporting the Rio 2016 Olympics and the development of a Digital Vision for Rio.
Finally Mr Ranger took the delegates through examples of the ‘My City’ programme, looking at the evolution of Smart Cities and a shift to the connected ecosystem which will connect people as well as ‘things’.
Commenting on the conference, Kulveer Ranger said: “We have been heavily involved in developing London as a smart city, so it has been important to share our insights from the Digital Vision for London paper with the delegates today as digital technology is going to power tomorrow’s smarter cities and the public services that digital citizens will use.
“To have had a major part in making London 2012, the most digitally enabled Olympics of all time, was a significant achievement for Atos and something we are incredibly proud of.
“It was a completely connected Olympics which processed and activated more than 300,000 accreditations for the Olympic and Paralympic family, supported 35 Olympic competition venues and 21 Paralympic competition venues, sent real-time results and data from all sports to worldwide broadcasters and provided competition, scheduling, weather, transport and other essential information to all 18,900 athletes.
“Our significant involvement in London 2012 and the ongoing work we are doing on the digital vision for the city is something we are all incredibly proud of and we felt it was important to share our knowledge and insights with the conference so that we can all work together to power this vision and the Smart Cities programme.
“The way people interacted with the London Games via their TVs, mobile devices, social media and the internet was phenomenal. Because of this success we have now been building on this for Rio 2016 and during today’s session we were able to share real examples of how technology will help the games work.”
Commenting on the ‘My City’ programme, Albert Seubers, Head of Global Strategy for Smart Cities said: “’My City’ from Atos is a range of solutions that is enabling cities and empowering its citizens to better harness the technology now available to them.
“It is this ability to cross-link services, to see the connected citizen as a single individual with a different persona, which will enable the connected city to get to the next level – efficiently. This must be inbuilt into urban transformation plans.”
The conference, which focuses on the quest of different cities to marry their social and environmental vision with the latest technology solutions, brought together representatives from the smart city eco-system and is the only city-centric event in Europe that guarantees face-to-face time with the entire smart city decision making unit.
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa EUR 12 billion and 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. www.atos.net
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Notes to Editor
For more information on Atos’ work on the Olympics please visit http://uk.atos.net/en-uk/home/olympic-games.html