“Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games: First Phase of Technical Rehearsals Completed Successfully”

Paris, 7 November 2005

Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced that the first of two technical rehearsals has been successfully completed for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. 292 different scenarios were tested during the week long technical rehearsal covering the IT, communications, sports and security systems. Around 200 IT professionals, led by the Torino 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC) for the Olympic Games and by Atos Origin, operated in real Games time conditions.

The technical rehearsal emulated the busiest three days of the Olympic Games (February 13, 14 and 15) and involved a team of 200 IT professionals, led by 26 Technical Rehearsal Officials from the Torino 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC) and Atos Origin, who designed, executed and observed the scenarios as they took place. The Main Technology Centre, based in Torino, was fully staffed for the rehearsal with 110 active positions.

A non-operational team set these scenarios and then monitored and evaluated the behaviour and reaction of the operating team. The different types of scenarios designed covered : hardware failures, information security issues (such as port security violation or viruses), power outages, staff issues (such as people late arrival at work due to snow on the roads), sports-related cases (as disqualification or substitution of athletes), competitions being rescheduled, etc.

The technical rehearsal is a critical step in the preparation for the Games and is designed to ensure that the staff, technology and procedures are operating as effectively as possible. Any areas for development identified by the rehearsal will be fed into a second and final Technical Rehearsal phase that will take place from the 12th to the 16th December 2005.

Commenting on the rehearsal, Jean-Benoît Gauthier, Director of Technology for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said: “These technical rehearsals are an integral part of the IT preparations for the Games, which in turn is crucial for the smooth running of the Games themselves. The entire team performed very well and the lessons learnt during this trial will be invaluable when it comes to the real event in February next year.”

“The first technical rehearsal was a success: the IT systems functioned as expected, and the team worked well together with an impressive response to the wide range of scenarios they were presented with. We all learned a lot, and this is key to next year's success” said Patrick Adiba, Atos Origin Executive Vice President Olympic Games and Major Events.

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, under TOROC Technology Department supervision, 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.

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