“Atos Origin well on track one year before the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games”
Paris, February 10th, 2005
With just 12 months before the start of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games (February 10th-26th, 2006), Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) partner for the Olympic Games, today announced that it has already achieved several key milestones, including the completion of the Integration Test Lab, the Primary Data Centre, the critical IT applications and also the success of the first round of live testing.
Integration Test Lab
The Integration Test Lab is fully operational and used by Atos Origin and other technology partners to test and integrate the Olympic Games' IT infrastructure, information security systems and software applications.
Atos Origin will also use the facility for training a team of 250 Atos Origin full time IT experts, and 2,000 IT staff (TOROC, partners and Volunteers) who will run the IT systems at the 28 competition and non-competition venues.
The Integration Test Lab was designed together with the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) and Atos Origin, in compliance with ISO standards.
Primary Data Centre
The Primary Data Center is another one of the five key sites that will provide critical IT support for the Winter Games. Fully completed and in its final configuration as for Games' times, the Primary Data Center is a data storage facility, that provides the processing power and storage capacity to run the complex information systems of the Games.
The Atos Origin Critical Information Systems including the Games Management Systems and the Info Diffusion Systems (including INFO2006, the Commentator Information System, Central Repository and Print Distribution), as well as the Sports competition software have already been fully delivered. And they are all running in real size, as demonstrates the success of the Sport Events.
Atos Origin has started the first round of live testing of the IT infrastructure. The testing is held in conjunction with Sport Events, live competitions that are taking place at Olympic Games' competition venues. The live tests cover the Games Management Systems (GMS), Information Diffusion Systems (IDS) and the supporting infrastructure, all of which are critical to managing the operations of Games and communicating competition results.
Over the next year, Atos Origin which manages a consortium of 10 technology partners, will provide intensive training to the full time IT team and volunteers covering IT security policies and procedures, job-specific skills and understanding of the overall Games IT system.
The IT team from the Torino 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC), Atos Origin IT team and all IT partner teams will be taking part in two technical rehearsals in order to make sure that the IT systems and IT team are ready before the Games start.
Commenting on Atos Origin's preparation for the Winter Games, Enrico Frascari, Technology General Manager for TOROC, said : “Atos Origin has consistently met our expectations in terms of the timeline goals for delivery of the Games IT infrastructure that will support the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. We are extremely pleased with the performance of the Atos Origin team.”
“We are very proud to announce that these key milestones, that will provide critical IT support for the Torino 2006 Winter Games, have been achieved on schedule more than one year before the Games start,” added Claude Philipps, Atos Origin Winter Olympic Games Program Director.
The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports related IT contract covering four Olympic Games over eight years: Salt Lake City in 2002, operated as SchlumbergerSema, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006 and Beijing in 2008. Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, which is related to consulting, systems integration, operations management, information security and software applications development for the Olympic Games. For the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Atos Origin, as the lead systems integrator, is managing a consortium of 10 technology partners and suppliers.
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 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games.
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