“Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games: Main Technology Center Ready and Fully Operational”

Paris, 5 October 2005

Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced that the Main Technology Center is fully operational and ready less than 150 days before the 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Torino. All major technology tests have already been completed, though intensive testing will continue until the beginning of the Olympic Games on 10 February 2006.

During the Olympic Winter Games, the IT team, managed by Atos Origin, will monitor the IT infrastructure and systems across all 28 competition and non-competition venues from the MTC for the Olympic Games 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

One of its primary responsibilities is to ensure that the results and athlete information is accurate and transmitted instantly to the 10,000 media representatives in Torino, the Torino2006 official website and the world news press agencies, as well as to the several billion TV viewers worldwide. The team will also provide IT support to the technology teams located at the Olympic venues in Torino and in the mountains.

Located in the main TOROC (Torino 2006 Organising Committee) headquarters building, the MTC will be the 'mission control' for the IT systems during the Olympic Games. The Main Technology Center covers 570 square meters and will house 153 positions (102 for IT and 51 for Telecom). The team in the MTC will continually be kept informed of vital information, such as:

  • sporting schedules
  • digital map of the Torino and mountains area indicating which venues are currently in use, and what technology is being deployed
  • Technology faults alerts
  • TV feed from all sport venues, helping monitor results broadcasting

The 250-strong IT team based in the MTC managed by Atos Origin, comprises a wide range of skilled staff that include sport experts, security specialists, integration engineers, developers, data bases administrators (Oracle and SQL), as well as systems architects.

“At Games' time, the Main Technology Center is the heart of the IT operations, ” said Claude Philipps, Atos Origin Olympic Winter Games Program Director. “It is from here that all the systems are run, the IT security monitored and results disseminated to the media worldwide. We will continue testing all the systems, as well as the processes and our people, right up until the start of the Games.”

Enrico Frascari, Technology General Manager for TOROC, commented: “With the opening of the MTC, it is another significant technology milestone achieved. It is indeed from this key technology place, that the IT team based and managed by Atos Origin will provide vital support to the rest of the strong IT team to ensure that the IT systems are in place and operational to successfully support the Olympic 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 London in 2012. 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 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, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For further information, please contact:
Emilie Moreau
Tel: +33 1 55 91 24 74

Marie-Tatiana Collombert
Tel: +33 1 55 91 26 33