“Atos Origin provides full range of event services to the coming 2005 University Games in Izmir, Turkey”

Paris, 28 July 2005

Atos Origin, a leading international Information Technology services provider, announced today that it will provide technology and operational support for the 2005 University Games to be held in Izmir, Turkey, from 11 to 21st August, 2005, in cooperation with Meteksan Sistem, the leading systems integrator in Turkey.

The 23rd Universiade will be held in Izmir, Turkey, from 11 to 21st August, 2005 and will gather 9,500 participants from 170 countries. The project, which started in July 2003, has seen a very intelligent cooperation between Atos Origin, bringing years of experience in the Major Events arena together with Meteksan Sistem, the leading local systems integrator, bringing local teams and integration capabilities to support the project. This joint effort sees Atos Origin bring its robust applications and applied knowledge to the world of sport while Meteksan Sistem ensures the systems integration for the project.

Atos Origin plays a large role from specialized consulting to operations management:

  • Definition of the event Master Plan including recommendations in terms of the overall planning and milestones, staffing plan, committee's organization, and various operational and risk management strategies;
  • Definition of the Detailed IT Master Plan;
  • Implementation of critical software applications for :
    • Accreditation process;
    • Transportation planning;
    • Volunteers recruitment and allocation;

    as well as users training and technical support;

  • Integration services including system architecture consultancy, testing, interfacing, and deployment planning;
  • Provision of an extranet based Event Information System (news-competition results-facts&figures-historical results) including a direct feed towards the official website;
  • Games Results services coordination including the On-Venue Results, Timing & Scoring equipment, and TV graphics service subcontracted to a specialized company;
  • Central Operations management during Games time for the 15 sports in 33 sports venues.

The relationship with the Universiade and FISU (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) actually started a long time ago as Atos Origin supported the organization of the 1991 edition in Sheffield, the 1997 Universiade in Sicily, and the 1999 Universiade in Palma, Spain before being involved in the 2005 Universiade of Izmir, Turkey. Further to the IT support provided to the organizing committees, Atos Origin consultants have been involved in knowledge transfer assignments for future organizing committees during the 2003 edition in Daegu, Korea and 2005 Winter Universiade in Innsbruck-Seefeld, Austria.

“Atos Origin and Meteksan Sistem have developed a very effective model combining specialized knowledge and solutions on one side and the local systems integration capabilities on the other side” declared Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice-President of Atos Origin Major Events. “We are convinced that this collaboration will see a very successful completion of this event to the benefit of the people of Izmir and to the satisfaction of FISU”.

Since 1989, the Atos Origin Major Events unit is exclusively dedicated to the provision of IT solutions and services to large-scale events and international bodies, carrying its experiences and know-how from one event to another. The business unit aims to share its experience with sporting and non-sporting event organizers, and link this to specialist consulting, project management, systems integration, systems management, and the provision of software solutions.

Atos Origin in Turkey is specialized on high added value systems integration projects and has been operating in Turkey since 1998. Local Atos Origin team provides on site support, development, and systems integration services for BSS/OSS (Business Support systems and Operational Support Systems) in the Telecommunications sector and particularly solutions in Customer care and Billing Systems, Security and CRM. Atos Origin Turkish Team serves as well customers outside Turkey such as in Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Greece.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international consulting and 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 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Meteksan Sistem
Meteksan Sistem is the leading IT company and systems integrator in Turkey. Since 1969, Meteksan Sistem aimed to be a key source for technology and knowledge which will help its clients in accessing their business goals. Meteksan Sistem delivers value added IT solutions based on a commitment to place the highest priority on quality and customer satisfaction, in Turkey and abroad.

For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.meteksan.com

Atos Origin Press contacts:

Emilie Moreau
Tel : +33 1 55 91 24 74
Email : emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com

Anne-Marie Capilla
Tel : +33 1 55 91 20 52
Email : anne-marie.capilla@atosorigin.com