“Atos Origin introduces the Technology Operations Centre for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games”

London, 10th August, 2004

The Technology Operations Centre (TOC) for the Olympic Games is now fully operational and ready for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games, according to the Games' IT TOP Partner and supplier, Atos Origin. All major tests and rehearsals have been completed and the IT systems are all ready to spring into action this Friday.

During the Olympic Games, a team of 400 IT professionals led by Atos Origin will monitor the IT infrastructure and systems across all 61 competition and non-competition venues from the TOC 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One of their prime responsibilities will be to ensure that the results and athlete information is accurate and transmitted in real time to the 21,500 media representatives in Athens, the ATHENS2004 official website, the world news press agencies and the four billion TV viewers around the world. In addition, the team will provide IT support to the technology teams at the Olympic venues across Athens.

Located in the main ATHOC 2004 building in Athens, the TOC is 600 square meters with 135 desks. Twenty plasma screens display vital information to the IT team in the TOC including:

  • sporting schedules
  • alerts to any IT faults
  • digital map of the Athens area showing which venues are currently in use
  • TV feed from all the sport venues helps the team to monitor results broadcasting

“The TOC is the heart of the IT operations for the Olympic Games,” said Claude Philipps, chief integrator for the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games. “The IT team based in the TOC will provide vital support to the rest of the 3,400 strong IT team to ensure that the IT systems are in place and operational to support the Olympic Games.”

As the Worldwide IT Partner of the International Olympic Committee Atos Origin is responsible for five key Technology facilities including the TOC: the Integration Test Laboratory (center for preliminary testing), the PC Factory (facility for readying computer equipment for deployment), the Primary Data Center (data storage facilities), and the Back-up Data Center (Disaster Recovery site). The company will also supervise IT activities at the local Data Centers located at 61 competition and non-competition venues.

Atos Origin's contract with the International Olympic Committee is the world's largest sports-related IT contract, covering the next three Olympic Games over four years: Athens in 2004, Turin in 2006 and Beijing in 2008. In these Games, Atos Origin has primary responsibility for information technology consulting, systems integration, operations management, IT security and software applications development. When the Games go live in Athens this summer, Atos Origin will have trained and will be managing a staff of 3400 IT professionals and volunteers, and overseeing all IT activities at the Technology Operations Center (TOC), primary and secondary data centers, and 61 competition and non-competition venues.

Atos Origin is one of the top ten IT services companies in Greece with over 70 employees.

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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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