“1000-Day Countdown to Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Atos Origin on Schedule to Deliver the Games”

BEIJING, November 18th, 2005

First Games Management System For Olympic Family Accommodations in Operation

As Beijing welcomes the 1,000-day countdown to the 2008 Olympic Games, Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced that the comprehensive sports IT project behind the XXIX Olympiad is right on schedule as it is closing on planning and designing, and is about to start on system building and integrating as early as the beginning of 2006. At the same time, Atos Origin has also successfully delivered to the Beijing Organizing Committee (BOCOG), the Accommodation System (ACM), which helps to manage the complex and ongoing accommodation requirements from thousands of Olympic family members in the years leading up to the Games.

“We are pleased to see that the IT system for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is moving forward on schedule," said Yang Yichun, Director of BOCOG Technology. “This is a result of the joint efforts of BOCOG and Atos Origin, incorporating Atos Origin's tremendous experience in IT support of major events, as well as their profound understanding of the specific requirements of the Beijing Games. BOCOG is happy with the initial results and we appreciate Atos Origin's effective efforts in knowledge transfer from previous Games and building upon it according to our vision. ”

Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner and Top Sponsor of the Olympic Games. The partnership is endorsed by the largest ever sports IT-related contract that covers the Game of Salt Lake City 2002; Athens 2004; Turin 2006; Beijing 2008; Vancouver 2010, and London 2012. In October 2004, only months after completion of the Athens Summer Games, Atos Origin began dispatching IT managers and engineers to start working on the Beijing project.

The delivery of a comprehensive accommodations software application nearly three years in advance, is one example of how the IT consortium led by Atos Origin will continue to support BOCOG on the technology front.

“The official 1000-day countdown is a further boost to our team and all the other stakeholders”, said Patrick Adiba, Executive Vice President of Olympic Games and Major Events, Atos Origin. “With information technology playing an increasingly critical role in modern Games, and with our 20 years of experience in supporting major events worldwide, we are dedicated to provide the best IT solutions for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.”

Through its unique experience, Atos Origin has developed a powerful model to successfully manage Olympic IT projects, which can be broken down in five stages: planning, designing, building, testing and operating. In the coming two years and nine months, Atos Origin will thoroughly execute its game plan for the remaining three stages to ensure delivery of impeccable services and operations during Games time.

In addition to its role as Main Integrator for Information Technology, Atos Origin provides two main IT systems to run the Games:

  1. GAMES MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (GMS), often perceived as the ERP of the Olympic Games, that provides accreditation, transportation and accommodation schedules, medical encounter reports, sports qualifications and protocol information. The recently deployed Accommodation System (ACM) in Beijing is the first module of the GMS;
  2. INFORMATION DIFFUSION SYSTEMS (IDS) which relays results and athlete information to on-site athletes and media representatives and Olympic family members, as well as to millions of TV and internet viewers around the world.

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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