“Atos Origin massive testing program for the Torino 2006 Olympic winter games”

Paris, 23 June 2005

Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Olympic Games, today unveils its vast testing program for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games (February 10th- 26th, 2006).

Atos Origin's extensive IT testing program, which was started two and a half years before the start of the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, is a critical step in the run up to the Games, to ensure the successful implementation of the IT solution.
Immediately after the completion of the first round of live testing, that took place between January and March 2005, Atos Origin started the next series of IT tests to present to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Torino 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC), the Host Broadcasters Representatives and the Sports Federation Officials, the final IT applications that will be used for the Olympic Games.

The test program includes :

Commentator Information System (CIS) User Acceptance Test
All the Commentator Information System implementations are reviewed and tested with the broadcasters that will use it, to confirm that the system is performing according to specifications. Following the first phase of tests, the systems for six sports have already been accepted. A second and final phase is planned for July.
The CIS is a browser-based application that provides event results to broadcasters on touch-screen PCs at the venue broadcast sites within a fraction of a second, so they can be instantaneously sent across the world.

Technical Tests
Technical tests, scheduled for June 2005, ensure that all systems work seamlessly in a robust and reliable manner in order to support the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. They will test the resilience of the Games Management System (GMS) and Info Diffusion System (IDS) under fault conditions. The test will also validate their performance, identify the load thresholds and review their behaviour once these thresholds have been reached and exceeded.

Multi Sport Test
This tests the overall performance of the system, simulating Games Time competition, ie Games Time schedule is compressed to five days, running sport competitions altogether within a short timeframe in order to test the system's capacity, resilience and redundancy.

Homologation Tests
Homologation testing will take place from mid-June until the beginning of August. It is one step in the process designed to ensure that systems and interfaces are conform with the requirements of users.

For each of the 15 sport disciplines, tests are conducted by the International Sport Federations and representatives of World News Press Agencies, who will sign off the applications before their use at the Games. The homologation tests will be carried out in the Integration Test Lab, under the supervision and coordination by Atos Origin.

“This massive IT testing program, co-ordinated by our Worldwide IT Partner Atos Origin, is critical to the success of the IT that will underpin the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games,” said Jean-Benoît Gauthier, Technology Director for the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“As we have only one chance to get it right, we test, test and test again our systems and applications under intense conditions. After they are complete, the next step is the technical rehearsals which will take place near on October 2005 and are designed to assess that technology, people and processes are all ready”, said Claude Philipps, Atos Origin Program Director for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

The Atos Origin contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the largest sports-related IT contract covering Salt Lake City in 2002, operated as SchlumbergerSema, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and the 2012 Olympic Games. Atos Origin has primary responsibility for Information Technology, relating 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 ten 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 further information, please contact:
Emilie Moreau
Tel: +33 1 55 91 24 74

Marie-Tatiana Collombert
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