“Atos Origin delivers secure Accreditation System for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games”
Paris/Torino, 5 December 2005
Atos Origin, the Worldwide Information Technology (IT) Partner for the Olympic Games, today announced the successful delivery and implementation of the Accreditation (ACR) system for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. ACR is a critical tool that will ensure efficient management and secure authorization of the estimated over 90,000 people's movements during the Olympic Games next February 2006.
Atos Origin has designed and implemented the system that will be used for the Torino Winter Olympic Games accreditation process, in co-operation with the International Sports Federation, Torino 2006 Organising Committee (TOROC), and the law enforcement agencies.
Over 90,000 estimated athletes, coaches, National Olympic Committee officials, media, VIPs, staff, and volunteers will require privileged access to the Torino Olympic Winter Games and will be registered and granted security clearance.
Combining a physical ID badge and scanning system with back-office database applications linked to the Games IT network, the Atos Origin Accreditation System for the Olympic Games identifies the accredited participants for events, manages registration processes, assigns access privileges and other rights to individuals, and provisions access control information.
In addition to IT capabilities provided by Atos Origin, the accreditation process includes extensive security checks by law enforcement agencies, as well as immigration checks for non-EU citizens, since the Olympic Games accreditation badge will also serve as an entry visa for the duration of the Games.
The estimated 90,000 accreditations will be collected, processed and distributed through the Olympic Main Accreditation Center (MAC). This facility has been successfully delivered by Atos Origin, in co-operation with other suppliers, last October the to TOROC.
“Through the ACR, Atos Origin brings clarity from a very complex IT function by controlling access to venues and providing participants' data”, stated Enrico Frascari, Technology General Manager for TOROC. “Atos Origin has successfully delivered the ACR system on time and to specifications, enabling the Accreditation department to start the registration process as planned.”
“This is a critical part of the IT security at the Olympic Games. Each accreditation badge has a number of security layers to it including barcode technology that contains access privileges and visual identification. As the Olympic Games are not a technology showcase, we only use tried and tested technology to ensure that the systems work,” says Claude Philipps, Atos Origin Olympic Winter Games Program Director.
Atos Origin has been providing the Accreditation System since the 2002 Salt Lake Games and customized the application for each Games' specific language, local law enforcement and immigration requirements.
ACR is a key component of the Games Management System, one of the two main IT systems designed and built by Atos Origin to run the Games, providing accreditation, transportation schedules, medical encounters reports, sports qualifications and protocol information.
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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