“Atos Origin reveals IT systems for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games”

London, 8 June, 2004

Atos Origin, a leading international IT services company that has primary responsibility for IT for the Olympic Games, has revealed final details of the two main IT systems that it has designed and built to run the 2004 Olympic Games. These are: the Information Diffusion Systems that will relay results and athlete information to 10,500 athletes, 21,500 media representatives and 4 billion TV viewers; and the Games Management Systems that will provide accreditation, transportation and accommodation schedules, medical encounters reports, sports qualifications and protocol information. The two systems form the core of the IT infrastructure and are integral to the smooth running of the Olympic Games.

1. Information Diffusion Systems (IDS)


At the heart of IDS is Info2004, an intranet that is available to accredited Media and the Olympic Family of athletes and IOC officials.. All 200,000 members of the Olympic Family will have access to the information on the system

  • INFO2004 features more than 50,000 pages of information in three languages - English, French, Greek, 11,000 biographies as well as historical results dating back to 1896 – the first Olympic Games of the modern era, held in Athens
  • Over 1600 kiosks across the Olympic Games venues will feature the application

Commentator Information System – sending Games results across the world
With around 4 billion people watching the Olympic Games on television, getting results to broadcasters across the world is vital. The Commentator Information System (CIS) is a browser-based application that displays results on touch-screen PCs at the venue broadcast sites in a fraction of a second, so they can be instantaneously dispatched across the globe.

  • CIS provides event results to broadcasters before they hear the roar of the crowd
  • ‘Colour' for the commentary is provided by 300 sport-specific screens
  • There are 1,500 terminals at 20 Games venues

Central repository and print distribution – fueling the official database
A centralized database dashes event data and results to the ATHENS2004 website, the world press agencies, Internet data feed and the Olympic Games officials.

  • More than 50 million pages of qualified results are printed and delivered to Olympic officials throughout the Games

2. Games Management Systems (GMS)

Accreditation System - managing the 200,000-strong Olympic family

Maintaining the qualified attendance list is an endeavor of Olympic proportions. The Accreditation System (ACR) identifies the accredited participants for the various events, manages registration, assigns access privileges and other rights to individuals, and provisions access control information.

  • Over 200,000 Olympic athletes, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, and media will require privileged access to the Olympic Games and must be registered and granted security clearance
  • A photo badge must be created for each individual

Transportation System – getting athletes to the Games
Turning up late to an event is not an option for an athlete who has trained a lifetime for the Olympic Games. The Transportation System (TRS) provides the programming, planning and scheduling of transport services and fleet management for the Olympic Family and allocates the available transportation resources according to the service levels established for each athlete and group.

Sports Entries & Qualification System
Qualifying for and competing at the Olympic Games marks the culmination of a lifetime of work for most athletes. Accurately representing the official qualifying times is critical to fair competition. The Sports Entries and Qualification System (SEQ), along with the athlete qualification system, collects data on each athlete and processes who is eligible to compete based on the qualification marks in the results system. It also supports the confirmation process in the Welcome Center.

  • This system maintains the criteria for qualifying individual competitors, pairs, relays or teams based on the minimum and maximum qualification standards for any event, types of qualification and quotas, combining around 1,000 different criteria across all the events
  • 16,000 qualification entries are compiled prior to the Olympic Games for the 10,500 athletes and 301 events in 35 sport disciplines.

The Protocol System (PRO) assists with coordinating, scheduling and providing appropriate services for VIPs, including registration of VIPs, VIP events and other VIP arrangements.

Medical Encounters
The Medical Encounters System (MED) gathers information relative to the different levels of healthcare, generates reports for the medical management organizations (IOC Medical Commission, Department of Health and others) and provides an online summary of each case history.

Arrival & Departure
The Arrival and Departure System (ADS) gathers the expected arrivals and departures data for the Olympic City and provides the information to the groups responsible for managing the travel arrangements for the Olympic Family as well as the welcome greetings for the delegations.

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About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 47,000 people in 50 countries.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline, Atos KPMG Consulting and Atos Odyssée.

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