“Atos Origin completes first round of live testing for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games”

Paris, March 29th, 2005

Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced the successful completion of 10 weeks of live testing of the IT infrastructure in sub-zero temperatures, for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games (February 10th- 26th, 2006).

Held during 13 winter sport competitions (including World and European championships) that took place at the competition venues for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the process tested the Games Management Systems, Information Diffusion Systems (Info 2006 and Commentator Information System), and the supporting IT infrastructure.

The live tests, part of Atos Origin global IT testing program initiated two and a half years before the Games, are designed to examine not only the robustness of the IT infrastructure but also the communications between the nearly 700 Atos Origin, the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC), technology partners and volunteer teams. Outside of the live Sport Events, Atos Origin also tested how the IT team handles various simulated crisis situations, such as a power outage or network failure.

“The live testing phase is crucial for Atos Origin. We really need to know how the IT systems and the team operate under pressure at real events. We have to contend with delayed events due to adverse weather conditions, the operation of electronic systems in sub-zero temperatures on snowy mountains and the deployment of a huge IT infrastructure in a difficult environment, with technology both at the start and the bottom of ski slopes, and ski jumps, to be able to meet the response times for our sport and press Customers” commented Claude Philipps, Atos Origin Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games Program Director.

The 13 competitions that live testing took place at successfully were the biathlon, nordic combined, ski jumping, figure skating, bobsleigh, luge, skeleton, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboard, freestyle, short track and curling. Ice hockey and speed skating results systems will be tested live later this year.

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, with an extension for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2012 Olympic Games. Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, which is related to IT 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 more than 10 technology partners and suppliers.

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology 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 over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors . Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For more information, please contact:
Emilie Moreau Marie-Tatiana Collombert
Tel: +33 1 55 91 24 74 Tel: +33 1 55 91 26 33
emilie.moreau@atosorigin.com marie-tatiana.collombert@atosorigin.com